Reasons Why Alcohol Should be Served at Work

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Employees are prohibited from drinking alcoholic beverages during working hours. The general assumption is that, when intoxicated by alcohol, people are more likely to be less productive and may create chaos at the workplace.

Now is the right time to take away all the prejudgments about drinking at work. Read on as we give you a rundown of some of the most amazing reasons why alcohol should be served at work, and how it could bring about a lot of positive effects.

No more absences

Serving beer at work may actually be seen as an incentive for reporting to work. Who would want to stay at home if you have free-flowing beer at the office?

Employees wouldn’t care for vacations anymore

Who needs a vacation if you can relax and enjoy your favorite beverage while at work? Given this scenario, being in the office will no longer be as stressful as it used to be. If you are feeling stressed, you can take a 15-minute alcohol break.

Working late will never be an issue

If you are one of those guys who hang out with their colleagues after office hours for a bottle of beer or two, serving alcohol at work would be a nice change. Now, you won’t feel bad for staying late at the office. With a beer in hand, we bet you’d be more than willing to stay in the office and get everything done.

It encourages car pooling

After a night of drinking, you might not be able drive home on your own. That being said, car pooling would be your best option. This is an added bonus as you don’t have to bring your car everyday to work; thus, allowing you to save money on gas.

Voice out opinions

Being intoxicated, it gives us the courage to say what we think, instead of what the other person is expecting us to say. As a result, everyone at work would be transparent; thus, leading to a more honest communication at the work floor.

Tips to Make Brewing Day a Success

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Brewing day has come and it is important that everything goes according to plan. One simple mistake and you may end up producing a bad batch.

Brewing involves a long process. In fact, preparation usually starts on the day before. In an attempt to help you prepare for this most awaited day, we have developed a list of things that you should prepare in order to make your brewing day a success. Here are some of the tasks that you should do in preparation for brewing day. Follow the tips below, produce better beer and a shorter brew day.

Prepare ice

It is important to quickly chill the wort after boiling. So, if you are after perfection, you’ll have to cool the beer as quickly as possible. So, before you start brewing, make sure that you have enough ice on hand.

Check ingredients

Before you start, check that you have all the ingredients. This might be quite obvious, but some people tend to forget this one important step. Finding out that you forgot to buy the bittering hops after you’ve got 20 liters of wort on the boil could be quite frustrating. Also, make sure that you have lots of sanitiser.

Draw water

If the water in your area is heavily chlorinated, it would be best to prepare your brew water in advance so as to allow the chlorine to evaporate. This way, you can be sure that you’ll be producing cleaner beer and without chlorine flavor.

First-time brewers may not notice the difference, but every little aspect could affect the quality of the beer.

Check equipment

Check if your equipment is ready for use. This is especially true if it has been a while since you brewed. Check to see if the equipment is clean and if anything is broken. Also, inspect fragile items like the hydrometers and glass thermometers as they can easily break without you knowing.

If you have been careful during your last brewing session and have cleaned the apparatus before storing it, then it should be fine.

Common Mistakes Home Brewers Make

Beer brewing is a great hobby that involves endless learning and growth possibilities. With every batch, we guarantee that you’ll learn a lesson or two. We also believe that committing mistakes is one of the best ways of learning.

In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of some of the most common mistakes home brewers make. If you are just starting out or have produced a few bad batches in the past, then this is for you. Read on, learn how to solve these problems and be on your way to producing great tasting beer.

Lack of proper sanitation

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This is probably one of the biggest mistakes most brewers make. While purchasing an introductory kit is recommended, it does come with a big flaw. The cleanser that comes with these kits is not enough to clean the equipment. You’ll have to use household dishwashing soap along with boiling water to clean it. After which, you can use the kit’s cleanser. Sanitizing may be tedious, but please keep in mind that an immaculate brew barrel will help you produce better tasting beer.

Taking shortcuts

This is the part where most brewers have trouble with. Brewing is a long process and may take the better part of the day. So, you have to make sure that you allot enough time so you won’t be tempted to take any shortcuts.

Lack of patience

Yeast needs time to do its job. If you take it out too early or move on to the 2nd stage too quickly, you may end up producing bad tasting beer. Worse, the carbonation and yeast may build up in the bottle and pop the tops. To avoid this, we suggest keeping the beer in the fridge for about 2 weeks so as to avoid the beers to carbonate.

Using bad water

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When brewing, you should never use tap water. There may be a whole mess of things floating in the water and it can’t be seen by the naked eye.

Using the cleanest and freshest water will greatly improve the quality of your beer. If you can afford it, we suggest using bottled water. If not, boil the water in order to kill all the microorganisms. Allow the water to cool down before you move forward.

 

How to Make a Beer Box Hat

There is no denying that a huge percentage of the adult population is considered as avid beer drinkers. Though some people prefer to do away from alcoholic beverages, a party will never be as fun and as exciting without our favorite beverage.

For the love of beer, we would like to share with you an amazing accessory that would definitely appeal to every beer lovers out there – the beer box hat. Turning a beer box into a hat requires a certain level of creativity. So, you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to look cool and own your very own beer box hat. Read on as we give you a step-by-step procedure in making the coolest accessory you ever laid eyes on.

Things you’ll need:

3 Beer boxes

Transparent tape

Scissors

Marker

Stapler

Instructions

  1. Unfold the beer boxes and lay them on a flat surface.
  2. Measure your head and draw an oval on one of the boxes, making sure that the circumference is the same size as your head. Cut it out.
  3. Mark a strip the width of your head on the second box. Make sure it’s about 8 inches tall. Add 1 inch so you can make it into a tube.
  4. Wrap the strip into the tube and secure it with a stapler.
  5. Cut 1 inch slits on the top and bottom edges of the tube. Fold the top slits inward and the ones at the bottom, outward.
  6. Place the top of the hat over the 3rd box and trace around it. Draw a bigger circle, measuring at least 6 inches from the first one.
  7. Cut the inner and the outer circle, leaving only a halo shape. Position it carefully on the bottom slits and secure it again with a stapler.
  8. Finally, roll the side of the brim of the hat towards the center.

 

 

6 Things You Should Know About Beer

If you are looking forward to grabbing a bottle of beer to relax after a tiring day at work or whenever you get the excuse, it may help to know a few facts about your favorite beverage just to show off.

Quench your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer. Take down notes as there will be an exam in the pub this Friday.

  1. History

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The first to brew beer were the ancient Babylonians. They took their beer very seriously. As a matter of fact, you’ll be drowned in it if you brewed a bad batch.

  1. Get wasted

If you drink on an empty stomach, you’ll get drunk faster. This is because the alcohol will be absorbed more quickly.

Your body is only capable of breaking down one drink per hour. If you drink more alcohol than your body can process, then you’ll get drunk.

  1. Antiseptic

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Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer is actually considered as a powerful antiseptic. The optimal blood alcohol content that is required to kill germs is 60%.

  1. Choose the right glass

The type of glass you drink from affects the taste of your beer. The shape of the glass affects how much your hands warm up the drink. This is important as the beer’s flavor is affected by its temperature. A glass with handle, on the other hand, will keep the beer cooler since it protects the beer from the heat of your hands.

  1. Health benefits

Researchers at the University of Western Ontario revealed that micronutrients like polyphenols, which is present in beer, is beneficial as it can prevent the development of heart diseases. However, drinking 3 bottles of beer a day may reverse these cardiovascular benefits.

  1. Bittering agent

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Hops, an ingredient that makes beer bitter, belong to the Cannabaceae family. That being said, hops are considered as a close cousin of marijuana.

 

Beer Belly Is A Myth

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A lot people, especially women, are concerned about drinking too much beer thinking it would give them a beer belly. Beer drinkers now have a reason to celebrate as beer belly is now considered as a myth.

Charles Bamforth, a professor at the University of California Davis has confirmed that there is no scientific evidence that suggests that drinking beer would result to weight gain.

“All alcoholic beverages are composed of the same caloric ingredients. There is nothing special about beer calories that would cause it to head straight to the belly”, the author says.

Bamforth also pointed out that alcohol is the main source of calories in any alcoholic beverage. Beer contains lesser calories as compared to wines, spirits or even orange juice. Meaning, the drinker has to consume a larger amount of beer in order to get the same amount of alcohol. But the myth may be based from the notion that beer drinkers consume more calories.

True enough, most people consume beer in huge quantities as compared with wine or other liquor, which translates to more caloric intake. Bamforth also suggests that the drinker’s lifestyle may also contribute to the weight gain. Most drinkers tend to pair their beers with a burger or sausage; thus, explaining the weight gain.

Beer definitely contains calories and excessive drinking may put a few pounds on the drinker. That being said, consuming beer in excess means consuming excessive calories; thus, resulting to beer belly.

If taken in moderation, beer can be advantageous to one’s health. Just like wine, beer can provide us with a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, it can also help prevent a number of diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis and heart problems. Excessive beer intake, on the other hand, can increase the risk for alcoholic liver disease.

 

 

 

 

Health Benefits of Drinking Beer

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For years, wine drinkers have been enjoying their drink without guilt thinking that this beverage brings about some health benefits. Recent studies revealed that beer is actually advantageous to our health, especially if taken in moderation. Heavy drinking, on the other, can increase the risk of heart problems, cancer and liver damage. Considering the amount of calories, it can also make you fat.

In honor of our favorite beverage, we have decided to give you a list of the surprising health benefits that you can get from this awesome drink.

Prevention of heart disease

Beer helps reduce the risk of heart diseases. Studies revealed that beer improves the heart condition of a drinker by making the blood less viscous; thus, reducing the risk of blood clotting. Aside from this, drinking a glass or two can increase the HDL (the good cholesterol) level that prevents the arteries from getting clogged.

Beer is also packed with beta-glucans, a type of soluble fiber that reduces the level of cholesterol; thereby, reducing the risk of heart problems that are associated with a high level of cholesterol like heart attack or heart failure.

Stronger bones

Consuming a large amount of beer may lead to weakened bones. However, when taken in moderation, it can help make your bones stronger. Beer contains a high level of silicon, an element that is crucial in the development of strong bones.

Reduces the risk of kidney problems

According to studies, beer reduces the risk of developing kidney stones as compared to other alcoholic beverages. This is because of its high water content and its diuretic properties. Additionally, it has a compound that slows down the release of calcium in the bones, which is usually the culprit in the formation of kidney stones.

Improves mental health

If taken in moderation, beer is believed to improve a person’s mental health. According to studies, moderate consumption of beer helps improve concentration, memory and reasoning ability.  Experts revealed that is also helps reduce the risk of developing Alzheimers.

Excuses to Start Day Drinking

As a responsible adult, we make sure to drink in moderation and start drinking only after working hours. There is nothing wrong with drinking at night. But as the spring season officially kicks off, there’s nothing more relaxing than sitting under the sun and cracking up a bottle of beer at noon. Unfortunately, people may find it weird if you start drinking early. Luckily, there are a few exceptions. Read on as we give you a rundown of a few good excuses to start day drinking.

Barbecue party

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Most people tend to associate barbecues with alcohol. So, people will totally understand even if you start drinking at noon and consume alcohol while cooking.

Brew day

This is a special excuse for most brewers. Beer brewing is not an easy task. Here, you’ll start by dragging out the equipment, sterilize it, set it up, and then later on, you’ll have to tear it down, clean it up and put it back in. This activity may eat up your entire day. So, feel free to start your brew day by taking a drink from your last batch. This will give you an inspiration and remind you why you have to do all these instead of just buying commercial beer.

Game day

Whether it’s a Sunday game on TV at home or you’re watching a local game at the stadium, everyone is given a pass for drinking while watching the game. If you’re serving pizza, chili dog, cold cuts or hot wings at home, don’t be ashamed to drink as these foods practically require beer.

Fishing

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Fishing is another activity where it’s totally accepted to drink beer. Even if you’re not interested in the activity at all, you meet up with friends in the morning and gather some crates of beer prior to your fishing activity. Then, you throw a line in the water and the drinking commences.

Vacation

It may not be socially accepted to drink early, but nobody knows you here anyway. Since you’re on vacation, it means that you are out to relax and enjoy; thus, making it a good excuse.

 

 

The Rise of the Beer Apps

Beer enthusiasts can rejoice with the introduction of numerous beer apps. After all, nothing is better than cracking open a frosty brew at the end of a tiring day.

In an attempt to help you navigate the vast world of beer, we have compiled a number of apps that will surely enhance your beer drinking experience.

iBeer

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Price: $ 0.99, IOS

Until scientists can discover a way on how to pour beer out of an iPhone, you can just stick with iBeer.

If you are the designated driver, then iBeer got you covered. With 5 different beers to choose from, you’ll be provided with a digital pint of beer that they you can jostle and drink. You can still join in on the festivities without the risk of getting your blood alcohol level up.

Beer Match

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Price: $ 0.99, IOS

If you are wondering what kind of beer would best suit your meal, just pull out your phone and Beer Match will do it for you in a snap. This app will provide you with information about beer and food and will suggest texture and flavor matches, depending on your meal.

Drink Fit

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Price: $ 1.99, IOS

If you are a health buff and is cautious about the calories you take in, Drink Fit is the right app for you. This app will provide you with carbs and calorie counts for a variety of beers, wines, cocktails and can even tally up the calories of the drinks that you’ve had all night.

Tap Hunter

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Price: free, IOS and Android

If you are in search of the finest beer in town, then this is the app for you. TapHunter gives you an opportunity of discovering new breweries and craft beer sellers. If you are on a foreign land, that’s not a problem either. This app allows you to search by location, brewery and beer and help you find the nearest bar that sells your favorite beverage.

Untappd

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Price: free, IOS and Android

This is a social app for beer enthusiasts. This app is designed to let users check in specific beers from pubs, restaurants or breweries they are currently drinking at. You can also rate beer, find local breweries and receive badges. It’s the ulti

Reasons Why You Should Drink Craft Beer

Craft beer may be a bit more expensive, but this means you are paying for a better product. If you are not into craft beer, then you are actually missing out on one of life’s simplest and most thirst-quenching pleasures. Yes, it’s that good!

Still not convinced? Take a moment to scroll through this list as we give you a rundown of reasons why you should start drinking craft beer.

It goes well with food

Why limit yourself to white or red wine when you can choose from a wide variety of craft beer? There is an endless list of options. And unlike wine, there are no dos and don’ts in drinking beer. You can pair it with pasta, veggies, burger or even a nice big steak.

Better ingredients

Commercially-produced beers are not known for using organic or high quality ingredients. Brewers, on the other hand, take pride in using the world’s finest ingredients when brewing their own beer.

More exciting types

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Like art, craft beer is a wonderful tapestry of different flavors, types and styles. And the best way of figuring out which style/flavor combo goes well together is through experimentation and having the ability to work outside the box. Luckily, microbreweries have nailed this one.

It’s delicious

Aside from the fact that they’re made from the finest ingredients, craft beer is made in low volumes by people who are passionate about beer. Anyone who says that craft beer doesn’t taste better than the commercial ones is either a liar or has no taste buds. With a wide variety of choices available, you can easily find a brew you like.

Craft beer is known for having lower alcohol content and is supposed to be paired good food and enjoyed with friends. This is great since you get to enjoy a lot more beer without getting hammered.