Binge drinking is clinically and commonly viewed as a period of extended intoxication lasting at least several days during which time the binger drops out of usual life activities. Almost no college students engage in such bingeing behavior. However, a number sometimes consume at least four drinks in a day (or at least five for men). Although many of these young people may never even become intoxicated, they are branded as binge drinkers by some researchers. This practice deceptively inflates the number of apparent binge drinkers.
Their preferred weapon of advertising dollars doesn’t work as consumers become more aware:
A recent French study found moderate drinkers to have a 75% lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease and an 80% lower risk for senile dementia.
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
GLBC is one of the veteran breweries in the Midwest, located in a great Cleveland neighborhood—don’t laugh!—next to a fantastic urban market, where yours truly has been known to park at the raw bar for an hour or two when in town.
I snagged a sixer of their spring seasonal, Dopplerock, named in homage to the Rock ’n’ Roll tourist attractions. This traditional, German spring time lager is perfectly in season for Starkbierzeit, which is one of my favorite times to visit Bavaria. The crowds are minimal and the weather is spotty, but spring is in the air and the bock biers are amazing and plentiful.
Brewed according to the Reihenheitsgebot, this pours a deep reddish brown capped with a nice, silky mocha head. The nose is sweet and sugary, foretelling the firm caramelized nose and full caramalt sweetness. The finish is clean and lingering, with an ongoing breadiness. There’s a slight alcohol burn, despite the rich, malty body, to remind you this is a bock, but still relatively balanced. It’s as good as most I’ve had in the Vaterland, and a helluvalot fresher than any thing off the import boat.
Do yourself a favor and see Bavaria in March … or, for the second best thing, get your hands on a sixer of this stuff.
Jesus drank alcohol (Matthew 15:11; Luke 7:33-35) and approved of its moderate consumption (Matthew 15:11). St. Paul considered alcohol to be a creation of God and inherently good (1 Timothy 4:4). The early Church declared that alcohol was an inherently good gift of God to be used and enjoyed. While individuals might choose not to drink, to despise alcohol was heresy. It was largely the monasteries that maintained the knowledge and skills during the Middle Ages necessary to produce quality alcohol beverages.
Distilled spirits (whiskey, brandy, rum, tequila, gin, etc.) contain no carbohydrates, no fats of any kind, and no cholesterol.
According to Mintel Research, 63% of beer drinkers prefer a bottle, 20% prefer to drink their beer from a can and 8% are partial to draft beer served from a large container. Just two percent prefer a keg.
I would have to think these preferences are changing as consumers drink more craft beer. Draft is the closest thing to what the brewer intended.
Michigan was the first state to ratify the 21st Amendment, ending Prohibition, on April 10, 1933. For fear of the temperance lobby, it was proposed by Congress on February 20, 1933 and was the first and only amendment ratified by state conventions rather than by the state legislatures. Ratification was completed on December 5, 1933.
Guinness has fewer calories and less alcohol than a Budweiser.