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A lot has been written about the beer places in Bangalore. In a previous post, we talked about the different types of craft beers that you get in Bangalore. I have heard a lot of people talking about the bad effects of drinking beer like the beer belly, high-calorie content causing obesity and other misconceptions.
I also happened to come across people who ask for a chilled beer. Now you might be wondering, you are also the one who checks the temperature of beer before being served. There are a bunch of myths that I have decided to keep in front of you.
Before I start with some myth busting, here is a short story to set your mood. It is about how your favourite beer brand Budweiser got its name!
Budweiser brewery was founded in St. Louis by Adolphus Busch in 1876. A lot of dudes named their beers to their family names (Heineken was named after Gerard Heineken). But not Adolphus, he named Budweiser after Budweis, the town from where he got the recipe!
Now one by one let’s see the myths associated with beers.
Myth #1: Beer tastes best when served chilled
This is probably the worst myth that ruins our taste for beers. According to experts, the beer tastes best when served at 40-55 degrees depending on the beer type. This myth was widely spread by the Macro breweries because large scale production means lack of consistency in the taste. It may so happen one batch tastes different from the other batch.
The ice-cold beers numb the palate reducing the taste of beer and leading to drinking them in larger quantities. Thus the best way out is to advertise the fact that beer tastes best when served chilled. Next time I would suggest you try the beer at a higher temperature and see it for yourself.
Myth #2: Beer is responsible for the beer belly
Drinking beer in excessive amount can cause a beer belly. But isn’t that true for any food? Drinking beer occasionally can be as benign as drinking water. So stop believing your gym bro, which keeps on telling you not to drink beer even on the cheat day.
Yes the calories in the beer definitely add to the excessive weight, but when combined with regular exercise, restrained diet and not drinking every day you are not in harm’s way!
Myth #3: Beer should be stored warm and cooled only prior to drinking
Do you have the habit of bringing beer cans from the nearest liquor shop and keep them without refrigeration? You only stuff them directly in the refrigerator 3-4 hours prior to drinking. If you are doing this then you are probably ruining the hop flavour of the beer!
The opposite should be the case. As soon as you get those beer cans, store them under refrigeration, until 3-4 hours prior drinking. Oxidation is the biggest enemy of the hop flavours present in the beer. As soon as the beer leaves the brewery, it starts oxidising and storing it under low temperature slows down the process.
Myth #4: Ageing improves the beer taste
Don’t call yourself an aficionado unless you have advised your bro from having a beer cellar. Yes, you read it right, a beer cellar, just like the wine. But that my friend, only makes you a pseudo aficionado. You don’t store beer; you gulp it down as soon as possible.
However, there are some exceptions as some beer flavours like boozy barleywines, imperial stouts, Belgian strong that can be stored. If you are storing hefeweizens, light lagers, kettle sours and Imperial IPAs stop doing it as soon as you read it. So if there is a cellar at your place, invite your buddies this weekend and finish them off!
Myth #5: All the dark beers are same
You might have come across many breweries who only advertise the fact that dark beers contain coffee and chocolate flavours. It is not completely true, but the darkness of the beer is not dependent on the chocolate and coffee flavours.
The darkness of a beer is dependent on the amount of time the malt is roasted over the kiln. Long story short you can brew dark beer from any flavoured malt and not only coffee or chocolate. So it is always advised to not go by the colour of a beer and buy them only after trying the samples.
So next time you hear anything about a beer don’t believe them right away. Do your own research and find out more about the claim. Everything that you hear is not always true.
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