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Beer good for the bones? This is a new one…from msnbc

February 8th, 2010

Beer may be good for your bones
A cold brew has high levels of dietary silicon, analysis shows

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While researchers don’t recommend gulping beer to meet your silicon intake needs, a new study shows the potential health benefits of a cold brew.
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By Jeanna Bryner

updated 11:30 a.m. ET, Mon., Feb. 8, 2010
If you downed one too many while watching the Super Bowl, here’s at least one reason to hold your head high: Drinking beer can be good for your health.

But seriously, a new analysis of 100 commercial beers shows the hoppy beverage is a significant source of dietary silicon, a key ingredient for bone health.

Though past research has suggested beer is chockfull of silicon, little was known about how silicon levels varied with the type of beer and malting process used. So a pair of researchers took one for the team and ran chemical analyses on beer’s raw ingredients. They also picked up 100 commercial beers from the grocery store and measured the silicon content.

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The silicon content of the beers ranged from 6.4 mg/L to 56.5 mg/L, with an average of 30 mg/L. Two beers are the equivalent of just under a half liter, so a person could get 30 mg of the nutrient from two beers. And while there is no official recommendation for daily silicon uptake, the researchers say, in the United States, individuals consume between 20 and 50 mg of silicon each day.

However, other studies show that consuming more than one or two alcoholic beverages a day may be, overall, bad for health.

The take-home message for the casual drinker: “Choose the beer you enjoy. Drink it in moderation,” lead researcher Charles Bamforth of the University of California, Davis, told LiveScience. “It is contributing silicon (and more) to your good health.”

Bamforth and his colleague Troy Casey, both of the university’s Department of Food Science and Technology, detail their findings in the February issue of the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

The silicon levels of beer types, on average:

Indian Pale Ale (IPA): 41.2 mg/L
Ales: 32.8 mg/L
Pale Ale: 36.5 mg/L
Sorghum: 27.3 mg/L
Lagers: 23.7 mg/L
Wheat: 18.9 mg/L
Light lagers: 17.2 mg/L
Non Alcoholic: 16.3 mg/L
Their research showed the malting process didn’t affect barley’s silicon content, which is mostly in the grain’s husk. However, pale-colored malts had more silicon than the darker products, such as the chocolate, roasted barley and black malt, which all have substantial roasting. The scientists aren’t sure why these darker malts have less silicon than other malts.

Hops were the stars of the beer ingredients, showing as much as four times more silicon than was found in malt. The downside: Hops make up a much smaller portion of beer compared with grain. Some beers, such as IPAs are hoppier, while wheat beers tend to have fewer hops than other brews, the researchers say.

“Beers containing high levels of malted barley and hops are richest in silicon,” Bamforth said. “Wheat contains less silicon than barley because it is the husk of the barley that is rich in this element. While most of the silicon remains in the husk during brewing, significant quantities of silicon nonetheless are extracted into wort and much of this survives into beer.”

(Wort is the sweet liquid that comes from mashing the grains and eventually becomes beer.)

Got beer?
While the researchers are not recommending gulping beer to meet your silicon intake needs, their study does add to others on the potential health benefits of this cold beverage.

The type of silicon in beer, called orthosilicic acid, has a 50 percent bioavailability, meaning that much is available for use in the body. Some foods, like bananas are rich in silicon but only 5 percent is bioavailable. This soluble form of silica found in beer could be important for the growth and development of bone and connective tissue, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Past research has suggested that moderate beer consumption may help fight osteoporosis, a disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue.

Another past study involving nearly 1,700 women reported last year in the journal Nutrition showed participants who were light to moderate beer drinkers had much better bone density than non-drinkers. The researchers suggested the beer’s plant hormones, not the alcohol, could be responsible for the bone boost.

mini brewfest?…

January 12th, 2009

For those of you who would have interest in participating in a small “Brew Fest” of sorts this spring, please email us & let it be known. I’d love for this event to be represented by some big time craft brewers (especially those from Pennsylvania) as well as give a stage for the local home brewing talent to get together, sample & swap recipes. It should be a great time. If you have any ideas or thoughts by all means drop one of us a line.


We made it through the Holidays…

January 12th, 2009

Well now that we’ve all made it through the most joyous, albiet most stressful season, now is the time to be lookin for the best bang for the buck- and we’ve got some good news! Right now we’re slashing prices on some slow movers trying to make room for some new inventory. There are a few Smuttynose Robust Porters, Sierra Nevada Stout, Summit Scandia Witbier & Great Northern Porters left, thet are marked to move. Also, we got a awesome deal on Modelo Especial cans, if Mexican imports are your thing then the flagship brand of the Corona brewer, Groupo Modelo, would be a perfect choice for 23.99. How about this…Blue Moon Harvest & Full Moon now only 19.99/ case! We even have some old s’kool favorites on promo like, High Life for 11.99 or Old German for 10.99. Some unbelievable pricing on a few flavors from Parrot Bay, Smirnoff & Kalima. So stop on in take a look around- the Beer Guys are wheelin’ & dealin’ in January.

On another note were doing the Victory pint glass promotion again, while supply holds out for every case you get a free pint glass.

Those awesome wooden crates that you’ve seen around stuffed full of Budweiser, are now being offered up to ya’ for 19.99, without the brew- of course.

Well I guess thats about it for today, take care & thanks for all of your support.


Trip to Victory Brewing!

January 12th, 2009

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July 18th, 2008

I wanted to share with you all about the awesome time I had at Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown, PA. Tracy invited me & my wife to a great afternoon touring the Brewery, getting the insider’s view of everything going on over there. Let me say, these guys have an awesome facility…top notch equipment an in house lab, an awesome keg/bottling line & did I mention the hop cooler? This place just smelled like a beer geek heaven! I even got an opportunity to dump a heaping tub of whole flower hops into a huge batch of soon to be Prima! Pils, check it out below… (copy & paste to your address bar)

This place is great, I had a 18 beer sampler that allowed us to really analyze each beer & compare the different styles. The bar area was gorgeous, and a cool little retail shop was packed full of Victory gear, the food was fantastic & did I mention the hop cooler? Definitely stop in for a great tour if the opportunity is ever to arise, you’ll really enjoy yourself! Resist prohibition & get some Victory! And thanks so much to the whole Victory crew for their hospitality


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