I have a strange relationship with beer.
Of course, I am a guy, and beer is supposed to be an inalienable part of my masculine image. I have heard it said that in order to make an impression upon a girl that you are chatting up, it is wise to get a strong beer in hand, if only to show that you are a man’s man who is not put off by the bitterness and strong taste of alcohol. I don’t really frequent bars so this is really a moot point for me.
I should clarify, before we get too far, that by beer, I am referring to what is known as Real Ale. The proper stuff, not the mass-produced piss that parties and frat boys buy in crates to get smashed.
The strange relationship is that I don’t really like the taste of beer, but I drink it for the warm healthy glow I feel within, especially once I have finished a bottle. I don’t really ascribe it to the alcohol because my first alcoholic drink was Gin, which is a spirit largely devoid of nutrients apart from Sodium if Bing’s data is to be believed, and I never got the same feeling from that, only drunkenness.
This may only be a hunch on my part, but I reckon on the nutritional qualities of beer being the culprit. Hop Compounds have a sedative effect, particularly in the digestive system which results in beers becoming natural laxatives. As always seems to be the case with food and drink, dark beers in particular are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals owing to the Brewer’s Yeast; many bottle-conditioned beers have more nutritional value than cow’s milk. Small wonder beer is often referred to as “liquid bread”.
An honourable mention at this point would be dry cider, which I prefer the taste of. While this contains more sugar on average than beer, and doesn’t benefit the heart so much, it still retains much of the nutrients of beer whilst being higher in polyphenols (antioxidants). View a solid comparison between cider and beer here.
So if you experience the same when knocking back your favourite brew, please let me know in the comments below, along with what your favourite brew would be. Mine’s a Lancaster Bomber. Happy Tippling.