Beer, B6,
and You

Beer contains vitamin B6, which prevents
the build-up of amino acid called
homocysteine that has been linked to
heart disease. Those who have high levels
of homocysteine are usually more prone
to an early onset of heart disease.

A new study performed at the TNO
Nutrition and Food Research Institute in
Utrecht indicates that those who drink
beer had no increase in theirhomocysteine
level but those who drank wine or liquor
had an increase of up to 10%.

Also noted was the fact that those who
drank beer experienced a 30% increase in
vitamin B6 in their blood plasma, thereby
proving that beer is actually healthier to
drink than wine and other liquor.

The study went on to say that those who
consume moderate amounts of beer have
a 30-40% lower rate of coronary heart
disease compared to those who don't
drink. Beer contains a similar amount of
polyphenols (antioxidants) as red wine
and 4-5 times as many polyphenols
as white wine.

Alcohol has also been attributed of its
ability to increase the amount of good
cholesterol (HDL) into the bloodstream as
well as help to decrease blood clots.

So go ahead and toast the New Year  but
just be sure to use beer!

Take the Pledge

Federal regulators have finally changed course and approved Los Angeles businessman Don
Sessions' bid to include the Pledge of Allegiance on a beer can.  Hard to believe but the
patriotic label was initially was denied by the federal Alcohol and
Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau.  

Sessions, originally from Ripley, Okla., said the media attention for his Ol' Glory beer can
design embarrassed regulators because the design clearly was protected by the First
Amendment. "It's freedom of speech," said Sessions, 75.

"They can't stop me from using the pledge." The bureau initially said the pledge violated a
federal statute prohibiting labels with images and statements relating to the American flag.
Sessions said he understands the controversy over his label, which emphasized the words
"Under God" within the pledge. "It's about being a true American" he said.

The red, white and blue design includes the phrase
"A drink of Ol' Glory is a salute to America"
and the iconic image of U.S. Marines at Iwo Jima.
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Beer Law Gone Bad

South Carolina has just banned beer and wine permits.
Legislation authored by Republican State Rep. Mike Pitt was
meant to make it easier for nonprofit groups to obtain
temporary beer and wine permits but has inadvertently
banned businesses and individuals from serving beer or wine.

The wording of the new law, which was designed to allow
nonprofit groups to file for multiple permits at once, prevents
anyone other than those types of groups from obtaining
temporary special-event permits.  

Because of the new law, which will take effect in January,
the Department of Revenue will stop issuing permits to
promoters, caterers and other event organizers.

"Somebody screwed up," Tom Sponseller, head of the South
Carolina Hospitality Association, said.  We agree.
Edited by Jim Attacap
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Britain is Best

According to a new study by the Institute for
Good Beer, Britain is the biggest round buying
nation, with 82% of  people surveyed saying that
they buy beer in rounds - three times more than
in Germany, where drinkers prefer to pay for
their own drinks individually.  Even better,
British bosses are amongst the most sociable in Europe - and
the most generous, whereas French bosses are the least likely
to ever go out for a beer with their teams;

British women are big believers in equality - more than half
think that men and women should split the beer tab on a date;

The study went on to name Prague, Amsterdam and Berlin as
the top European destinations for a beer.  However, the Dutch
are the least likely to go out drinking with colleagues .