U.K. Beer Banned
Cook With Beer
Cooks have discovered the array of
tastes beer can bring to the kitchen.
Beer can also be used in place of
some higher calorie ingredients,
enhancing both health and
enjoyment. Substitute a stout or a
porter for some of the oils or sugars
in a marinade. You'll have all the rich
flavors of the original, and nuances
from the beer. And beer is an
excellent tenderizer.

In baked goods, beer adds
moistness, but with fewer calories.
Try a slightly sweet bock beer as a
glaze during broiling or grilling,
instead of an oil or syrup based
glaze. The residual sugars in the beer
add sweetness.  Beer can substitute
wine in stews, soups, and sauces (but
avoid the highly-hopped beer styles,
which add too much bitterness. In
fact, the classic Belgian beef stew
Carbonnade a la Flamande gets its
distinctive character from beer.
Drizzle a fruit lambic over fresh fruit
instead of syrup for a dessert.

(Cooking with beer recipes here)
The strongest beer available in U.K. shops has been
banned because of complaints about the wording on its
label. Tokyo* beer will no longer be available to
customers in the U.K. until wording suggesting that
people should drink the beer when they are feeling like
being excessive has been changed. The beer has an
18.2 percent alcohol content.

BrewDog, the Scottish based company behind the
beverage, has hit back by saying that it is ridiculous that
a drink should be banned because of a witty remark on
its label. Martin Dickie, the company’s director said that
the ban was "simply patronizing to shoppers and that it
was just more proof that the nanny state has once again
gone crazy."

Brewdog has also pointed out that Tokyo* beer is only
available through a small number of retailers and that
ninety-percent of the beverage is brewed for export.
Government watchdogs claimed that a beer as strong as
Tokyo* should have a label telling people that moderation
is important with such a strong beer. Brewdog also
makes what it claims is the world’s strongest beer.
Tactical Nuclear Penguin sells for £35.00 per bottle and
has an alcohol content of 32 percent.
If the law says so...-  You may think they're all the same but USA federal
regulations differentiate between "low-alcohol," "non-alcoholic," and "alcohol-free."
The non-alcoholic label "may be used on malt beverages, provided that it contains less
than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume and such statement appears in direct conjunction
with it, in readily legible printing and on a completely contrasting background."   

Henineken v. Miller-  No, not in a beer tasting taste, but in a brewry buying
duel. Mexican brewer and bottler FEMSA , Mexico's No.2 brewer and maker of Dos Equis
and Tecate, has put its business up for sale and the front runners to purchase the
operation are  Heineken and SABMiller with offers in the $7.5 billion plus range.  Frankly,
we don't care who wins as long as they keep showing that great "
most interesting man
in the world" commercial.

No WI in NYC-  A New York City bar is in trouble for selling a Wisconsin beer.
New York State Liquor Authority says investigators recently confiscated 50 cases of
Spotted Cow from the Mad River Bar & Grille in Manhattan. The beer is made by New
Glarus Brewing Company in Green County, WI. Brew master Dan Carey says the beer is
not licensed to sell outside of Wisconsin and has not idea how it got to NYC. The New
York City bar could lose its license for selling the beer and not paying the appropriate
Hangover Study

A new study has compared hangovers from drinks such as whiskey,
vodka, beer, and wine to see which leads to the weaker hangover.

The study was carried out by a team of researchers l from Brown
University in Rhode Island. Researchers studied 95 people between the
ages of 21 and 33 who were each considered to be in good health.

The researchers agreed that a hangover is likely caused by a
combination of direct effects of ethanol, effects of ethanol removal,
effects of ethanol breakdown products, effects of other components
of the alcoholic beverage, and personal characteristics.

Their report added that most alcoholic beverages contain small
amounts of other active compounds besides ethanol. These
compounds add to the smell, taste, and appearance of the beverage.
Gin or vodka, which contain almost pure ethanol, produce fewer
hangover symptoms than alcoholic beverages that contain other
alcohol compounds (such as red wine, brandy, or whiskey). For
example, methanol is implicated in contributing to hangover. Red wine,
whiskey, and brandy all contain high levels of methanol.

The study's conclusions, put simply, are that  a drink such as bourbon
led to a far more severe hangover than a lighter drink such as vodka.
Darker liquors lead to the most severe hangovers and that sticking to
lighter drinks, most noteably beer, will lead to a weaker hangover

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