|Beer Does NOT
Make You Fat
A group of British and Czech
researches carried out an experiment
which embraced more than 2,000
Czech beer lovers (the Czech
Republic has the highest annual beer
consumption per capita). No
connection between the quantity of
beer consumed and the volumes of
the participants’ waists was
established. The scientists came to
the conclusion that the cause-effect
relation between beer and obesity is
fundamentally wrong. In another
study published earlier this year,
Italian researchers claim that the
inclination to developing the so-called
“beer belly” is genetically determined.
Located in the province of Kochi,
Japan, Tosa Kuroshio Bakshu Brewery
is now producing a new beer with
dried Konbu seaweed and dried
Bonito, a fish related to tuna.
The beer is only available in bottles.
|Pairing Beer and Food
Beer pairing with food has a few guidelines, most frequently referred to as the three C’s
– cut, complement, and contrast. Theses simple hints will pay big dividends.
Cut - Think about the hot, spicy foods you most often see paired with beer – dishes like
hot wings, nachos, or pizza. The chemical in the hot peppers that gives them their fire is
soluble in alcohol, not in water, which is why beer cuts the burn. You might want the
same effect when serving a dish that’s very rich or buttery.
Compliment and Contrast - If you prefer your beer to complement the dish, you would
choose heavier beers with robust dishes, and lighter beers with lighter foods. For
instance, you might choose a dry stout with a hearty stew, or a weissbier with grilled
vegetables or chicken. Contrasting the beer and the food can open up a whole new array
of possibilities. A pale ale pairs nicely with a sweet, smoky BBQ, or contrast a dry stout
with either raw oysters or cooked seafood.
Contrasting beers also can work well when cooking with beer – instead of serving the
same beer used in your recipe, use a beer that has the opposite characteristics.
In general, when picking a beer to pair with a dessert, it’s better to think complement
than contrast. Balance the sweetness or tartness of the dessert with that of the beer, so
that neither overpowers the other. Light, fruity beers often work well with lighter
desserts, such as fruit dishes. Chocolate desserts are generally sweet and heavy enough
to nicely complement a cream or imperial stout, while contrasting nicely with a dry stout.
Not all beers will pair well with food. Sweet lambics may be outstanding with fruit or
chocolate, but a sour lambic may be too overwhelming and best be served alone. Old ale
and barley wine also are strong beers that are better enjoyed without food, although you
might try them with very strong cheese or dark chocolate.
There is no hard and fast science to pairing beer with food, rather, it’s more of area to
experiment and enjoy. Trying out these suggestions is simply a jumping off point. Taste is
very subjective, and the end goal is to find a combination that you enjoy.
|Beer Giant Cuts Jobs
Layoffs at Anheuser- Busch will affect 6 percent of the
company's U.S. work force. The cuts are part of a
previously announced plan to integrate
Anheuser-Busch Inc., the company's U.S. business
unit, following InBev's purchase of Anheuser-Busch.
Spokesman Joseph Zegar added that more cuts are
possible due to current economic conditions.
The company operates 12 U.S. breweries but none of
the unionized brewery workers at these plants will be
involved in the layoffs; about 75 percent of the
affected positions are at the brewer's corporate
headquarters in St. Louis. Other cuts will occur in field
and brewery locations. In addition, more than 250 U.S.
positions that are currently open will not be filled.
Budweiser and Bud Light are the number one and two
selling brands in the United States.
Beer for Independence
Support for sovereignty may be flat, but not everyone's
crying in their beer in Montreal. Makers of a new brew
"L'Independante" hope they can tap into Quebeckers'
thirst for a new country. The lager label features the
slogans "Vive la bière libre" . The brewery claims it will
pour 100% of its profits into promoting sovereignty.