Common Misconceptions About Beer

When you think of beer, you may have all of these ‘facts’ listed in your brain that come up to list off to your friends. But are all of your facts really true? We have a list of Common Misconceptions About Beer, that will have all of your friends wanting to hear more and believing that you’re a beer enthusiast. 

Beer is Simple

Now, this just isn’t true! There is a lot that comes into play in the brewing process, including the steps, ingredients, and final creation of the product. When the brewery creates the idea of their beer, they decide what types of hops they’re going to use, what flavors they want to incorporate, the type of malt they’re going to use, and even the amount of yeast! 

There’s more than just the color that comes with brewing a refreshing beer. They’ll decide if they’ll be incorporating real ingredients, such as coffee beans, or even notes of different types of fruits! There are several different types of hops to choose from too, because there isn’t just one sole hop that goes into every beer, which can be Hallertau, Apollo, Chinook, and so many more! And don’t get us started on the different types of malt they could use!

Beer is Meant to be Ice Cold

Another myth that is very common to hear. Your beer is actually going to be tasteless if you serve it too cold. Don’t you want to taste your beer? According to Business Insider, “Serving temperature varies by style…Pilsners and IPAs are usually served around 40-44° F, while heavier styles are usually served around 55° F.” 

How do you serve or drink your beer? Are you tasting the true potential of your favorite brew? 

Beer and the Beer Belly

Of course, we’ve all heard this one before! Remember, anything in excess and filled with calories will contribute to weight gain, but as MentalFloss writes, “beer is hardly the most calorie-laden drink you’ll find in a bar. Much of the flack beer gets goes back to the fallacy that beer is heavy.” 

Different beers and their respective styles will be different in calories, and that includes the amount of sugar that goes into each brew’s list of ingredients. This just illustrates that you shouldn’t believe everything you hear, without doing the proper research.

Now that you’ve figured out the real facts, we’ve got you covered with your favorite brews, you can find all of them with our locator here: bsyl.ink/locator

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

It’s almost time to celebrate an important man in your life, a true superhero, your father! Father’s Day is just around the corner and we have the perfect gift ideas for you! We’re ‘beery’ excited to share them with you.

#1 Choose Your State Beer Cap Trap

We know that you’re reading this blog because your Dad is definitely a fan of his beer. Well, why let those bottle caps go to waste? Represent his favorite state while also letting him showcase his favorite beers. Place the bottlecaps right in the slots and pick the shape/state you’re looking for! Only $34.95 and we’re sure your Dad will love it!

#2 Beer Shaped Cookies

While he might be expecting a nice cold beer, surprise him with a few cookies to go along with it! Make his favorite cookie recipe and shape them into beer mugs! Just grab some yellow, black and white food coloring and frosting, and start painting on the cookie! We all know what a full beer mug looks like, right?

#3 “Beer” Cake

We know this might sound like an actual cake, but it’s not. Grab a few of his favorite beers by using our locator and stack them in three tiers using a circle shaped piece of cardboard to hold each level! Wrap a few of his favorite snacks in between and what you think he’ll like and voila you have his “Beer” Cake!

#4 Handmade Card

Even though we might not all be very creative, there’s nothing wrong with making a handmade card. Find some funny “Beer” and Father’s Day related puns to write on the card! It’ll be sure to make him laugh and something made just from you, will warm his heart. (Ex: “Hoppy Father’s Day!”)

We hope you enjoyed these ‘Crafty’ tips and gifts to treat your Dad this Father’s Day! Let us know in the comments below, which gift ideas you’ll be trying out!

Bell’s Brewery Partnership

We’re proud to announce our latest partnership with… Bell’s Brewery! We were one of the eleven distributors chosen to help them bring their famous brews to New England!

Laura Bell, CEO of Bell’s Brewery says, “As we add any new state, it is very important to us that we remind all of our fans about our dedication to quality. Part of the process of selecting new distributor partners is making sure that is a shared passion.”

“We are all very excited to welcome each of these distributors to our extended Bell’s family and look forward to launching New England and New Jersey with partners who share our commitment to craft beer and quality,” she added.

We’re thrilled to be able to bring Bell’s beers to our area! Stay tuned for more information by following us on all of our social media platforms to keep you up to date.

Learn more about Bell’s Brewery at www.bellsbeer.com

Brewery Spotlight: Lough Gill Brewery

Located in beautiful Sligo, Ireland, with many sites to behold, Lough Gill Brewery is the first brewery to be located in Sligo in over 100 years since Foley’s Brewery ceased brewing on the site of what is today the Velvet Rooms building. This brewery strives to think outside the box and brew unique and complex high-quality specialty brews never seen before.

Their mission is to brew interesting, tasty handcrafted beers using the best ingredients available to them and also some unique indigenous ingredients. Their team takes pride in creating these unique, wonderful and adventurous handcrafted beers.

They’ve surpassed their mission of creating interesting beers, with unique flavors and the ability to create dark and mysterious brews. One of their beers is titled Mac Nutty. “Some would say we’ve gone nuts – but taking our time over each and every step is part of what makes every one of our craft brews unique”. This beer exhibits a rich nutty flavor and luxurious dark brown color. Brewed with real macadamia nuts toasted in their own kitchen along with top quality malts and hops.

For those who love to try new and unique beers, with some traditional ingredients, Lough Gill Brewery’s beers are the perfect choice.

Learn more about Lough Gill Brewery here: loughgillbrewery.com and use our locator today to try out their unique flavors, ‘Round the Clock, Mac Nutty, and Imperial Oatmeal Coffee Cream Stout.

The Difference Between Ales and Lagers

The first step in learning about beer is to understand the difference between ales and lagers. Ales and lagers are the two main classifications of the beer family. Ales are considered traditional brews, that are generally more robust as they are rarely filtered while Lagers are usually heavily filtered with much cleaner presentations due to the cold lagering period. The difference has nothing to do with the alcohol content or the color. It all begins with the brewing process.

Yeast

Ales are made with top-fermented yeast. The yeast doesn’t ferment at the top of the tank. It typically rises to the top near the end of fermentation. Ale yeast often produces esters that can impact the flavor of the beer.

Lagering is the process of cold storage, which is widely believed to be how lager yeast came to be and become so prevalent. Lagers slowly came around in the 15th century and became famous in the German and Northern continental regions, before spreading across the world. Lagers are made with bottom-fermented yeast, which is due to the yeast collecting at the bottom of the tank to ferment, they can be reused.

There are some exceptions to the rules as some brewers do use bottom-fermented yeast to make Ales.

Fermentation Temperature

Ales are fermented warm while lagers are fermented cold. Most ales ferment at the 60-75° range with some strains of yeast requiring temperatures as high as 95-100°.  Due to these temperatures, ale yeast tends to ferment faster than lagers. Lagers ferment at temperatures between 46-59°.

Due to the variety of yeast used in beers, these temperatures may vary slightly. Even more so if hybrid strains of yeast are used.

Flavor

Ales are generally more robust, fruity, aromatic, complex in taste and aroma. This is due to ales having a higher amount of hops and malt. Lagers are light-tasting, generally higher in carbonation, smooth, mellow and balanced.

Ultimately, there are great ales and lagers. One style is not better than the other. It’s a matter of personal preference. If you’re interested in trying a pale ale and lager, we recommend Grey Sail Captain’s Daughter, Revival Night Swim’ah and Wormtown’s Be Hoppy!

Common Myths About Beer

There are several common misconceptions about beer, but you shouldn’t believe everything you hear. There’s no doubt you’ve heard about these myths, so let us shine some light on the truth.

Myth: Beer is Best Served Ice Cold

We’ve all seen the commercials advertising drinking beer ice cold or serving the beverage in a frosted mug, but this causes beer to lose its aromatics. Beer served at near frozen temperatures blinds the taste experience because your tastebuds will be more shocked by the frigid temperature of the liquid. Beer is typically dispensed between 38°- 42°. Some more flavorful beers may be served at warmer temperatures to ensure maximum flavor.  

Myth: Drinking Too Much Beer Results in a Beer Belly

We aren’t sure where this saying came from, but it is false. You’re more likely to get a large belly due to consuming unhealthy food and a lack of exercise. Yes, beer has calories, but not as much as a triple cheeseburger, fries, and a milkshake. Enjoying a beer now and again won’t give you a beer belly. Moderation is key.

Myth: Beer Kills Brain Cells

When a person consumes too many beers, they experience slurred speech, lack of physical balance, forgetfulness, and other symptoms. So, what’s going on? High levels of alcohol can interrupt the signals being sent to your brain, but it doesn’t kill your brain cells. According to the American Journal of Epidemiology, participants did not experience a decrease in brain cells or cognitive behavior. Nonetheless, it is not proposed that these findings be used to encourage increased alcohol consumption.

Myth: Canned Beer Tastes Cheap

Don’t judge a beer by its can. Canned beer doesn’t indicate the quality of a beer. This idea may stem from a personal preference similar to people assuming a wine bottle with a screwed top is automatically a lower quality than one with a cork.

The best way to preserve beer is to prevent oxygen and light from penetrating the beer. The most effective way to do that is to store it in a can. Oxygen can seep into the tops of beer bottles and dark glass bottles may not always block light. If you don’t want to drink beer from a can, pour it into a glass.

Myth: Dark Beers Have More Alcohol Than Light Beers

Many people think the darker the beer, the more bitter or stronger it will be. Guinness is automatically assumed to have a higher alcohol content due to its color, but it only has 4.2 percent compared to Bud Light Platinum’s six percent.

Regardless of your preference for bottled, canned, light, or dark, enjoy your beverage at the correct temperature and drink in moderation this holiday season.

5 Fun Facts About Beer

With the holidays coming up, we’re quite sure you’ll have a drink or two. If you need something to talk about, drink up these fun facts about beer and sound smarter while you’re waiting for dinner to be served!

7.5 million liters of beer were served at Oktoberfest 2017

Oktoberfest is one of the most popular celebrations for beer consumers. This years event was another success with approximately 6.2 million visitors and 7.5 million liters of beer consumed. That number is up from 7.3 million liters at Oktoberfest 2015.

Doctors prescribed “medical beer”

During prohibition, brewers, physicians, and imbibers attempted to persuade U.S. Congress that beer was vital medicine. In March 1921, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer declared “doctors to prescribe beer at any time, under any circumstances and in any amount they saw fit.” Doctors prescribed “medical beer” from March 1921 to November 1921 until Congress banned it.

New Hampshire consumes the most beer

You would think Nevada would have been number one, but New Hampshire takes the top spot in beer consumption with 41.7 gallons annually per capita. Montana was second with 39.1 gallons of beer and South Dakota rounded out the top three with 38.6 gallons of beer.

Fried beer won Most Creative Food at the 2010 Texas State Fair

State fairs have become synonymous with unique fried treats. At the 2010 Texas State Fair, deep-fried beer-filled pretzel pockets were entered into the Big Tex Choice Awards and won for Most Creative Food.

Mars has a crater named Beer

Beer is a crater located in the Margaritifer Sinus region of the planet Mars named after the German astronomer Wilhelm Beer. The next time you’re drinking beer under the stars, raise your glass and say, “Cheers to Beer.”

What Are Hops?

There are four simple ingredients that are vital to beer: malted barley, yeast, water, and hops. The first three ingredients listed are vital to creating alcohol. Hops are required for beer but not for malt alcohol/liquors. Throughout brewing history, brewers have looked for ways to bitter/flavor their sweet beers. Usually, using plants, roots, herbs, or a combination known as later known as Gruit.

Hop plants are rising vines (more accurately, bines: vines without tendrils). The plant part used in brewing beer is the hop flower; a gentle, pale green, papery cone, full of unpreserved resins. They give a beer tartness when used early in the brewing process, and its aroma when added at the end. As a bonus, hops preserve and prolong the life of beer.

In the hands of American microbrewers, hops have shifted from their position as the supportive actor in the beer ensemble, to the featuring role.

West Coast microbrewers paved the way for creating beers where the character of hops (tart, piney, grassy, floral, or fruity) took center stage. Beer admirers took satisfaction in looking for the brews with higher and higher international bittering units (IBUs); the measure of the concentration of hop compounds in beer.

High-hopped beers are not for everyone. For the hop seekers out there, there is a spectacular array of hop varieties with new ones being developed all the time!

Today, American brewers have increased the hopping levels of their IPAs to such an extent that a new beer style has emerged: so-called double or “imperial” IPA. These popular beers present even more hop power with alcohol volume to match.

There is a new style of beer that fits the descriptors even more than Imperial or Double IPA. That would be the New England/North East Style IPA. It is the definition of a hop showcase, with malts there to help balance the extreme juicy, citrus, tropical fruit notes.

 

What is a Pilsner?

When you go to a bar you’re always going to find plenty of different drafts to try. One beer that isn’t immediately gravitated to, but has inspired some of the world’s most well-known beers is the Pilsner. The Pilsner is the inspiration for all Pale Lagers made around the world, which includes Budweiser and Bud Light.

Pilsner is a type of pale lager that takes its name from Pilsen which is now located in the Czech Republic. The first pilsner came from a brewery called Citizen’s Brewery which is now known as Pilsner Urquell, which is still in production today.

Pilsner beers are medium to medium-full bodied and are characterized by high carbonation. Alcohol strength in these beers typically ranges from 4-5.5% ABV. Pilsners come in different styles based on what part of the world they are made in. Czech-style Pilsners use only Saazer hops vs “Noble” hops, which are the predominate flavor in other styles of Pilsner. These hops bring around an earthy and grassy flavor. All Pilsners, though, have a thick white head at the top of the glass, right above the golden liquid of a Pilsner.

Pilsner is a lager style of beer but has added hops. Josef Groll, who was from Bavaria brought Bavarian techniques to his brewing style, but the original beer was created in Pilsen. The first pale lager really focused on the creation of Pale Malts, having hop flavor become an afterthought while trying to balance the beer’s sweetness with the tastes of consumers.

For a Pilsner you should use a Pilsner glass (also known as a Pokal) this is a tall, slender and tapered 12-ounce glass. It allows for the beer to show off its light color but promotes the foam retention of the beer.

So if you’re looking for a light lager without a strong or bitter finish, try a Pilsner.

How to Pour the Perfect Pint

How to Pour the Perfect Pint

When pouring a draught beer there are several steps to follow to ensure a proper pint. Luckily, we’ve come up with this handy guide to help with your pouring needs.

First and foremost, make sure you have the correct glass for your pour. You can check out our handy guide if you need help.

Second, hold the glass at a 45-degree angle about one inch below the tap faucet. Now you’re going to want to open the tap fully and let the beer flow. Opening the tap partially will lead to excessive foam.

Third, let the beer flow down the side of the glass (still in the 45-degree angle) but don’t let the faucet touch the glass. Now’s the tricky part – tip the glass upright and pour down the center of the glass to create the perfect collar.

Once full, shut the tap off completely. If for some reason there is too much foam for your taste, allow the head to dissipate then pour again.

You’re only moments away from enjoying that cold beer, so take your time, follow our guide, and you’ll be sipping on a perfect pint.