5 Common Beer Myths Debunked

We all drink beer, right? Or at least at some special occasions, summer night gatherings with friends, a good football or other sports competition, events and personal celebrations. But people, despite the fact that they like beer – and this is easily provable by the number of differently flavored beers this world is favoring, a topic we covered not so long ago – also still hold some prejudice when it comes to this ancient and very popular drink. Some fear the bear – belly, a monster that seems to threaten solid marriages (you know from what point of view), others fear its health damaging features, while others just believe that beer kills brain cells. Which is not quite true. Now if you are an alcoholic – which we hope it’s not the case – you should know that beer is actually healthier than you expected. In case you spend your days soaking your brain and liver in alcohol, it really doesn’t matter if you have lite beer, dark beer or oyster – flavored beer, you still need to have that problem in check. But without much ado, let’s see 5 common beer myths debunked!

5. If you drink lite beer you won’t get fat

This is lazy dieting and you know it. Usually, normal beers have around a bit under 200 calories, while most lite beer brands revolve around an average of 90 – 100 calories. If you need to lose 100 calories a day out of your meal plan, lose something else, as the difference between three lite beers and two normal beers is quite insignificant, not to mention that lite beers don’t taste as good as regular ones. So do yourself a favor and start exercising and have the beer of choice.

4. Dark beers are stronger in alcohol. Corollary: Dark beers are faster fattening than the blonde ones

You can have a dark, strong, awesome Guinness with an average of 4% alcohol and a superb Belgian blondie which gathers around 8% alcohol. Now if you still believe that the color of beer has some sort of connection with how fattening or not is a specific product, you should do your homework better, as…

dark beer

3. Beer doesn’t contain fat, nor cholesterol!

We got this one a little bit messed up because we are trying to show you common beer myths debunked and not start with the truth, but in this case, the truth speaks loud and it needs to be heard! Beer doesn’t lead to the increase of cholesterol levels. Beer hydrates and, most importantly, it contains twice the quantities of anti – oxidants than wine, vitamins in the B category, folic acid, soluble silicium and many other healthy substances. Of course, a beer healthy diet is not quite recommended, but a moderate quantity of beer can do you a world of good.

2. Beer in combination with other liquors gives you hangover hell

It’s the quantity of alcohol you pour in that will ultimately give you a hangover. Try mixing different cocktails with wine and some hard liquors and see what happens. There are a lot of sayings and a lot of popular beliefs involving beer, before or after consuming other drinks, but at the end of the party, is how much you drank is the concept you’ll have to pay your tolls to.

1. Beer causes the infamous beer belly

Your belly might get a bit over your trousers’ belt not because you can’t help yourself to have a beer once every two days. It’s the total consumption of calories, fats and unhealthy products that build your belly. And, if we are to speak the truth, it’s the munchies you can’t get enough of while you drink beer, be them salted peanuts, pretzels or pizza. This article on WebMD is quite enlightening when it comes to explaining why people develop bellies and what is beer’s specific role in all of this.

Do you want more common beer myths debunked? There are some useful sources out there which will convince you to not choose beer as patsy for some bad things that are happening to your life. Otherwise, if drank with moderation and wisdom, beer is a healthy friend you want to keep close. Cheers!

Ever Thought About Exotic Cocktails to Ease Your Life Through Winter?

Winter has a lot of positive aspects for a lot of people, ski and extreme sports included, not to mention the holidays cheerful spirit and the well deserved vacation (generously hydrated with liquor- based products to survive family reunions). Now we don’t necessarily encourage excessive drinking or anything, but let’s face it: in the middle of the nerve – shattering blizzard, everything we wish for is a sunny beach and an exotic cocktail to make us feel alive again. So why not adding a bit of fun, spice and everything nice to a cold, dark, wet and scary winter evening? We browsed around, talked to some people able to give us the right answers, shopped for some ingredients, and managed to come up with  five exotic cocktails to ease your life through winter. Of course you know pretty much every one of them, but in case you don’t… let’s see what we can do about it.

1. Ultra Alexander

This might remind you of your Christmas time of your life, but winter is a long season, so you might want to repeat the dreamy creamy experience. Consider this a liquid aromatic cake and don’t make it too strong, as it is for entertainment purposes only. You need to shop for brandy, cocoa cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream or milk foam if you prefer and that’s pretty much it. It’s quite sweet, you know.

2. Polar Cocktail

Not so sweet and not so Christmas-y, but exotic enough to make your creepy winter nights turn into one of Great Gatsby’s summer parties. It is actually a classic and while many are fond of it, some have an issue with the egg. But let’s take it from the beginning and give you the recipe:

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1 1/2 ounces maraschino liqueur
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 egg white

Shake it like you mean it and enjoy a winter lacked of darkness and terrors. Great party accessory and may even compliment some celebration too.

3. Hot grog

You probably have this quite often in winter, as it is quite the common hot cocktail of the season. Now the basics of making grog are simple: you need rum (high quality), hot water, sugar powder and some lemon. Now this is just the dough, to say so, as among the exotic cocktails to ease your life through winter, the apple flavored grog or the incredible coconut one are simply a gift you make to your senses. It may not be the sweetest thing you ever drank, as sugar is your call, but adding cinnamon or vanilla sticks, even some chilli powder… you just try and see for yourself.

4. Bloody Mary

This is actually a very easy to make cocktail at home, as the ingredients are quite at hand. The fun thing about a good winter Bloody Mary is how much spice can you take in one sip. Take this seriously, as a bit of hotness on the inside, especially when it comes from Capsicin, is a boost of health. You know the vodka, the salt, the pepper, the chilli sauce, the tomato juice, the celery leaf, right? Good.

5. Peppermelon

It’s one of those exotic cocktails to ease your life through winter and can be made at home with little effort and fuss. If you dream big about summer but want to spice up your frozen self, this one is for you. \

1 1/2 ounces Blue Grenadine
1 tbsp. black pepper (if you’re cooler than Mr. Freeze you can add some Cayenne red pepper powder)
2 tbsp. honey syrup
red fresh watermelon juice (find it in the store, don’t worry)
lemon juice to your liking

Shake it like James Bond would and here you are, getting ready to breathe fire. Mix the alcohol and the sweet syrups and fresh juice to fit your tastes of sweet and hot, as some skip the honey for the lemon and the other way around.

Hope you got a bit warmer, not to mention happier. Mixing all these cocktails would probably knock off an elephant, so don’t do something that is bad for you. Otherwise, if you have some other winter cocktails you want to share with us, feel free, we hate winter too.

5 Strange Flavored Beers to Try Once in a Lifetime

You know how we like tasting, trying and enjoying strange foods and beverages, going to new crazy places, roam the world for the most exotic, weird and unfamiliar dishes and drinks. So you can imagine we won’t waste a minute before discovering some strange flavored beers to try once in a lifetime, just as we set the goal of trying the strange flavored ice – creams around the world we talked about not a long time ago.

Some of these beer flavors are not completely unknown to you, especially if you’re in the curious and courageous department and your regular ale doesn’t satisfy your needs to explore uncharted territories on your taste buds’ map, but given the large variety of odd tasting beers, among even the largest one of “normal” tasting ones, you might find among these 5 strange flavored beers to try once in a lifetime, at least one to become your favorite. And for the fun of it, let’s look as them as regular meals replacements, not that we’d encourage having beer for breakfast.

1. Breakfast – Bacon Maple Ale

bacon maple ale

Breakfast without bacon is like trying to get a tan in the middle of the night. It just doesn’t make sense. Also, since pancakes and maple syrup is another favorite choice for a jolly morning, it makes perfect sense to have a beer that combines bacon and maple. Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale is powered by Rogue Ales in Oregon and it promises a once in a lifetime experience. Now if you really want to have breakfast, it seems that an omelet, pastry or some ham sandwiches go great with this mind – blowing ale.

2. Brunch – Peanut Butter Cup Coffee Porter

peanut butter coffee

Now we know peanut butter also falls in the breakfast category, but you can’t just stuff yourself with beer so early in the morning. But if you want to take a quick bite somewhere during brunch hour, peanut butter and coffee seem the way to go, especially if you’re the type that kills for peanut butter and coffee. The Willoughby Brewing Company is here to serve you a 5% alcohol mix that can make your taste buds explode and your brain develop and addiction.

3. Lunch – Pizza Beer

pizza beer

Besides bacon, which is the engine of the world, pizza is the boat that rocks the world, as it contains a lot of yummy ingredients to die for. So lunch and pizza go great together, especially if pizza comes in a beer bottle. Mamma Mia! Pizza Beer comes with the taste of pizza crunchy addictive crust and basil, oregano, tomato and garlic flavors. What can you ask for more? If you ever reach the place, taste this, among all the other strange flavored beers to try once in a lifetime and come back to us to tell if it is just as heavenly as we believe.

4. Afternoon munchies – Spicy Vegetables Beer

spicy vegetables beer

It’s quite healthy to add some spices to your lifestyle and if you feel like having a snack in the afternoon that is both delicious and able to give you a ride through Hell, this one is for you. It is marketed as being the hottest beer ever made and its name says enough to scare you: Ghost Face Killah (powered by Twisted Pine Brewery). It is a mix of hot peppers, aromatic herbs and fruity notes and it guarantees you won’t feel your tongue (or internal organs for that matter, as you’ll get scorched and paralyzed on the inside), but you will definitely build and appetite. Consider this a small salad with immense benefits.

5. Dinner – Oyster Beer

oyster beer

Remember we had Japanese oyster ice-cream? Well apparently, oysters are humanity’s most favorite delight when it comes to refined tastes and luxurious combinations. So instead going to a fancy restaurant and leave your month’s paycheck on an empty oyster plate, you could go for one of these strange flavored beers to try once in a lifetime and keep some money in your pocket. The Pearl Necklace Oyster Stout by Maryland’s finest Flying Dog Ales, is an artwork produced by people who understand oysters are the way to go when it comes to drinking beer.

If you can handle yourself after having so much ale, you can try even some dessert. Liquid, of course, as these people don’t mess around when it comes to strange beers.

Chocolate Milk Stout

So for your sweet tooth, you can choose from Shorts Brewing Company’s Key Lime Pie (which tastes like key lime pie at its best), Tex Mex Beer’s seasonal Siesta Prickly Pear Lager (a light, summary fresh fruit salad to wash away the oysters) to Odell Brewing’s Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, which is a creamy, chocolaty, milky mix that will transport you in the land of Willy Wonka – in the good way. Enjoy! And remember, be responsible and don’t drink too much! Leave some for the others too.

Play a ‘Game of Thrones’ Drinking Game

“The Big Lebowski” drinking game might be the most difficult in the history of movies or TV.

Typically, the rule is that, for every instance, one of the characters says “DUDE,” you take a drink. Easy enough, right? Well, the word “dude” is spoken 161 times, according to City Pages. That’s treading dangerously along the lines of alcohol poisoning.

None of this is to discourage you from coming up with fun and inventive drinking games, but maybe just something that requires more creativity and less constant chugging. The popular HBO series “Game of Thrones” kicks off its third season in March, and there are a few ways you can enhance the viewing experience with your friends.

‘They Took My Dragons!’

The famously hilarious line shouted by the stunning Daenerys Targaryen in season two spawned a great collection of memes and jokes. The Mother of Dragons has grown quite the maternal bond to her three-scaled companions. Anytime she mentions or refers to them, take three drinks — one for each dragon.

Theon Greyjoy is Creepy

The adopted son of Ned Stark with some serious daddy issues, Theon Greyjoy is clearly the most cringe-worthy character of the show. He hit rock bottom while trying to get fresh with his own sister on a horseback ride and wasn’t doing much better with prostitutes either. Take an awkward sip of your friend’s drink every time Theon Greyjoy does something creepy.

Joffrey Baratheon is a Huge Dick

King Joffrey might be one of the best villains in television. He’s murdered, backstabbed and betrayed — all with that smug, incestuous grin on his face. Every time Joffrey is a huge dick to someone (which is all the time), yell “Uncle Jamie’s your dad!” at the screen, drink up and have fun.

Jon Snow’s Mighty Willpower

A sworn member of the Night’s Watch, Jon Snow guards the Wall to protect the kingdoms from the dangers that lurk north, and his will is about as strong as the Wall he guards. While, under capture, Jon has fended off several sexual advances from his female capture and looks determined to hold his vow of celibacy. Take a drink for every advance Jon Snow rejects, but finish your drink if he gives in.

Bonus

  • If Brienne of Tarth does something manly, which is anytime she moves or speaks, take a drink.
  • If Varys makes a reference that he’s without his “manhood,” take a drink and thank God you have yours.
  • If someone confuses Arya Stark for a boy, take a drink.
  • If Samwell Tarly does something fat or lazy, take a nice, lazily paced gulp of your drink. If he falls down because he’s fat, just go ahead and finish what’s in your glass.
  • If (more like when) there’s nudity, give out a drink to someone else. And, if Catelyn Stark tries to tell Robb what to do, tell someone else to drink.

Season three of “Game of Thrones” starts March 31 on HBO. You have to subscribe to cable or satellite to get the channel, but you can find packages on sites like www.directtvdeal.com to see what’s available in your area. Hopefully you’ll make more memories than lose from all the booze, but I promise this game won’t make it easy on you. Brace yourselves.