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Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Brew & Spirits News | 0 comments

WHAT’S REALLY BEHIND YOUR HANGOVER?

WHAT’S REALLY BEHIND YOUR HANGOVER?

Okay, well. I guess we know the answer to that. The better question might be, ‘Why does drinking too much cause a hangover?’
A while ago we came across an article about a study that claims drinking beer will make you smarter …
While we’re all for believing that’s true, a new book, Proof: The Science of Booze by Adam Rogers, can help you get smarter about drinking beer (and booze in general).
Think a hangover is solely the result of dehydration, blood sugar levels or bad mixing? Well, think again. We’re stunned, but Rogers says researchers to are just beginning to seriously study hangovers and have only recently come up with a system for measuring their severity (please no Level 9s in the near future).
Suffice to say, Proof has officially been added to our “Books to read” list.
Learn more about the book here. Or, if you’ve got some time (it’s about an hour long), watch Roger’s video presentation.
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Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in Brew & Spirits News, Cooking with Beer | 0 comments

Cheers to Fall Flavors: Here Comes Pumpkin Beer

Cheers to Fall Flavors: Here Comes Pumpkin Beer

If you’re like me, those of you who love fall flavors are on pins and needles, waiting with anticipation for the culinary change of seasons. Bring on the gingerbread lattes, candy corn cupcakes and … pumpkin beer. Well have no fear. Earlier this week, Alaska Brewing Co. announced the release of it’s Pumpkin Porter.Alaskan Brew Pumpkin Porter details from thruthecookingglass.com
 
What makes this news extra exciting is the brew’s change in status. Last year the brewery created the Pumpkin Porter on a pilot basis.
 
According to the release, the “response (to the pilot brew) was so strong that a seasonal slot was a natural next step.”
 
The Pumpkin Porter (oh please let some be magically distributed to at least one Central Florida liquor store) features alder wood-smoked malt in the brew, which according to the brewers, combats the over-sweet taste some pumpkin flavored foods tend to carry.  
 
In addition to bearing good news, the release also came with two interesting factoids. It claims that:
  1. “The long daylight hours in the summer makes Alaska home to some of the world’s largest pumpkins.”
  2. “Pumpkins were first used in beer in colonial America as a substitute for hard-to-find malt, and none other than the father of our country George Washington had a highly touted recipe.”

 

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