Well now, I am well into week 2 of P90X. When I start something, I tend to go all in until I become bored. My attempt to lose my beer belly is no different. I will work off what I have then eventually fall back into laziness till I get a belly again. I am not big on diets as I am an extremely picky eater, so I cheat. I just watch the amounts of food that I eat rather than look for healthy alternatives. One thing that I have curbed has been craft beer. Not for being unhealthy, mainly due to finishing a workout, I really don’t feel like having a beer. So this got me thinking.Â Is craft beer healthy?Â Â
As a novice homebrewer, I know what ingredients go into making a beer. There really isn’t anything bad for you in aÂ beer. It is of course is loaded with grains full of proteins, water that is cleansed by being boiled, and hops which act as aÂ preservative. For a while now, beer in general has been accused of being unhealthy. But that fact is…and yes, I said fact, beer is not unhealthy when enjoyed in moderation. The term I used earlier, Beer Belly,Â has nothing to do with beer making you fat. There is no fat in beer. Anyone who has brewed can tell you this. Fat will ruin a beer. The term beer belly was basically coined for people who sit around and become lethargic due to their drinking. Yet another reason to drink in moderation.
Beer is also cholesterol free, provides carbohydrates, calcium, potassium and some B vitamins. I keep talking about moderation, this is the key. Sources online can link studies that state anyone who drinks 1- 2 craft beers a day can reduce the chances of having a stroke, increase your metabolism and reduce the chances of having a heart attack by 30%. Forbes also has a nice article about the 8 health benefits of beer.Â Â
Last weekend, Dad and my brother came into town to have a nice beer tasting. My brother asked since I was working out again if I would even drink, well, of course I did, and now you know why!Â I had a few of my buddies show up as well so we could all have even more opportunities try as many different beers as we could. we had 7 people there total. The nice thing about the tasting is you only have 1-2 ounces of beer at a time. If you follow me on Twitter you would have seen my Untapped check-ins. I sampled 12 different craft beers and probably about 8 homebrews. That is what we will be talking about this week.Â Â
First off. I am going to discuss probably the stupidest beer I have ever had. I am not sure what the purpose of creating such a beer is, maybe it is to marinate meat with.
The beer I am talking about comes from Twisted Pine and is called Ghost Face Killah. Known as the hottest beer this side of hell!
I don’t know about you, but the purpose of a beer is to be refreshing and enjoyable. This beer is neither, but it is so unique it is worth the try if you are a thrill seeker.Â This beer is loaded hot and spicy peppers. Serrano, jalapeÃ±o, habanero,Â fresno, anaheim and the hottest pepper on earth, the ghost pepper. As far a being a beer, I have no idea on what kind of malts or hops are used. All I remember is everyone sipped it once. From here, everyone ended up shooting the rest of the liquid in the rest of our glasses just to get rid of this liquid death in a bottle. This beer is HOT…VERY HOT! I’m not sure what is scarier, drinking this beer again or the fact that on the label, it says to keep this beer away from children? Children!Â Â
Now that I got that crazy beer out of the way,Â I will go on to some of the good ones. First off, we actually started off the evening pretty mellow and drank a Bam Noire from Jolly Pumpkin. We had intended to start the evening off a lighter note, so this beer was a perfect choice. This farmhouse ale comes in at about 4.3% It had a small bit of sourness to it, nice amount of citrus in the flavor and aroma. Really was a good way to begin the evening and a very nice, easy drinking brew. A little pricey for what it is at about $8.00 a bottle.
Â The next beer was something I picked up earlier in the week and had not intended to breakout to drink. My beer selection for that evenings tasting was Mikkeller/Three FloydsÂ collaboration called Boogoop. This beer is considered a wheat wine, Buckwheat wine to be exact, but has to be a double IPA. This beer has loads of hops, both of the citrus and pine variety. Quite a boozy beer, coming in at about 10.4%. Good thing this beer was shared 7 different ways otherwise it would have been a short evening for me! By the way, this beer is excellent, but no one would expect anything less from a collaboration from these brewing super heavyweights.Â
Our beer tasting party was strange as all we really drank we IPA’s and Farmhouse/SaisonÂ beers. Our next beer was another saison, Cellar Door from Stillwater Artisan Ales. I really enjoyed this. Another nice lighter beer, at about 6.6% not as much sourness from this beer as I would like but lots of flavors. The yeast carried this beer with earthy tones and some fruitiness.
We also tried the North Coast Grand Cru. I am not a fan of Grand Cru’s and felt this beer was awful. A new batch of Avery’s Maharaja was released so we all sampled it, may be one of my all time favorite Double IPA’s. Having a beer tasting is a lot like having a wine tasting. It can be a lot of fun and if done right (drinking in moderation), everyone can get home safe.
Until next weekend, Cheers!