|Beer as Pennicillin
Chemical analysis of the bones of ancient
Sudanese Nubians who lived nearly 2000
years ago shows they were ingesting the
antibiotic tetracycline on a regular basis,
likely from a special brew of beer. The
find is the strongest yet that antibiotics
were previously discovered by humans
before Alexander Fleming discovered
penicillin in 1928.
“The bones of these ancient people were
saturated with tetracycline, showing that
they had been taking it for a long time,”
Jack Nelson, project director said. “I’m
convinced that they had the science of
fermentation under control and were
purposely producing the drug.”
What they were making wasn’t like a Bud
but a cereal gruel / sour porridge.
UK Clubs in Trouble
A British tippler who opts to drink beer at
home spends as little as 79 pence ($1.22)
for a pint, while at a British nightclub, a
pint usually goes for £6. So it's no
surprise that young British consumers
suffering from 20 % unemployment are
abandoning the club scene in large
numbers. The number of U.K. clubs has
fallen 21 % since last year. Instead of a
night out, many are lugging a case of beer
home which has helpled supermarket beer
sales increase over 4.5% this year.
|Bacteria Help Oktoberfest
Germany's giant Oktoberfest beer party, now celebrating its 200th birthday, is rising to a new
challenge -- stinky drinking halls -- with a new weapon: stench-eating bacteria.
In past years, olfactory offences in the giant tents emanating from stale beer, sweat and
bratwurst could simply be masked with cigarette smoke. But now smokers hoping to enjoy a
puff with their brew were advised to leave their packets at home after the southern state of
Bavaria decided to ban smoking across the state in all pubs, cafes and beer tents.
Although the Oktoberfest enjoys a special exception for this year, most beer tents serving the
up to six million visitors expected at the two-week-long event were observing a voluntary ban.
This development led Hubert Hackl, to cook up a cocktail of bacteria that "eat" the putrid
smell of partying. Hackl's magic potion is a "brownish liquid with the pleasant scent of
humus", or mature compost, he said, rounded off with a hint of seaweed and molasses then
left to ferment."This is the most natural way of treating organic waste." The elixir faces a
formidable opponent. The beer halls, where up to 7,000 revellers can gather, are usually
poorly ventilated. The stale air combined with rotten food scraps, spilled drinks and body
odour can form a noxious mix.
Spread across the wooden floorboards of the beer tents at a volume of seven ounces) per
square yard per day, Hackl's concoction travels the same route as the spilled beer, seeping
between the planks and into the soil. The process eliminates the undesirable organic materials
nestled under the tents, ensuring that what wafts back up has a neutral earthy smell.
|Beer Helps Seniors
Senior citizens have a friend in beer. Beer improves appetite,
promotes secretion of gastric juice, aids digestion and may
reduce the risk of stomach ulcers caused by Helicobacter
pylori infection. Regular drinkers of beer (and wine) seem to
be less prone to developing dementia. At bedtime beer is
cherished as a mild sedative. Moderate beer consumption is
likely to reduce the risk of maturity-onset diabetes and a
recent investigation has shown a reduced risk of heart failure
in beer drinkers. The result of a moderate intake of beer for a
group of elderly Australian beer drinkers showed increased
health, quality of life, and longevity.
Is red wine better than beer? The results from recent
research has shown that beer drinkers in some countries tend
to make unhealthier lifestyle choices than wine drinkers.
Therefore the apparent good health of wine drinkers
compared to beer drinkers in some studies seem to be a
lifestyle effect and not a beverage effect.
Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd. a leading developer and
marketer of iconic beverage products, today announced the
selection of the mascot to be associated with Rheingold Beer,
New York's Original Beer since 1883. Rheingold Beer has
been famous for associations with icons ranging from John
Wayne, Leo Durocher, Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong.
The beer however has never had a mascot until now. After
extensive input from numerous focus groups and a range of
New Yorkers, Rheingold Beer has selected the New York
Pigeon as its official mascot. Rheingold Beer is now being
produced in 12 oz cans and should be found on local shelves
and retail outlets in Metro New York in October.