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Brew Bloods: Drink Beer, Think Beer

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May 27, 2015

"Beer is intellectual. What a shame so many idiots drink it." - Ray Bradbury, The October Road

Illinois' Destihl Brewing has just landed in Texas and we take on their spring release, the Amra Mango IPA. Destihl is a brewery located in Bloomington, Illonois with a 20,000 barrel capacity. They were started all from a home brewing kit given to the brewmaster Matt by his wife Lyn. Matt was a lawyer, but decided to take up his family's legacy, as his grandfather was a homebrewer also.

In the education corner, we discuss watching your waistline with beer and its nutritional value.

In news, we talk about the these stories:

- Hops may be the key to preventing Alzheimer's and Parkinsons
- A Washington state woman has put a tap room on wheels
- How a kiss cam caused a beer spill
- How beer is a trigger word for a new Korean nanny app
- The top craft beer mobile apps

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The Nutrition of Beer

For most, beer is a fun, tasty treat. If you want something healthy and nutritious, you’re not likely to reach for an ale, lager or stout. We know that you, Brew Bloods listener, take your beer analysis to the next level. So we answer the question, what is the nutritional value of that beer you are drinking?

A few things to consider when you look closer at the health side of beer. Beer is fat-free, cholesterol-free and low in carbohydrates—a 341-mL bottle of beer with 5 percent alcohol has 5 g of carbohydrates, while a pear with the skin on has 26 g. While no one, not even us, would say a beer is healthier than fruits or vegetables, enjoying beer in moderation can actually be a healthier beverage choice than soda or sugary fruit cocktails.A bottle of beer can contain 92 mg of potassium, 14 mg of calcium and 48 mg of phosphorus, all minerals that are essential to a healthy diet. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Biochemistry suggests that the levels of antioxidants found in blood are elevated after beer is consumed. The Brewers of Europe, an organization that represents European breweries, two glasses of beer can provide 10 percent of your recommended daily fiber intake. Studies suggest that Xanthohumol, a plant compound found in hops, may help prevent cancer, as well as reduce menopausal hot flashes and fight off osteoporosis.

Think you need to reach for a light beer due to calories? Think again. Don’t feel like you have to forgo your favourite brand if you’re watching your weight—there isn’t actually a big difference between most light beers and a regular bottle of brew. For example, a 342 g bottle of beer with five percent alcohol has about 140 calories, while a light beer with four percent alcohol has about 100 calories.

To sum up, enjoyed moderately, beer can be a part of your diet without the concern of belt busting caloric guilt. 

May 20, 2015

Spoetzl Brewery is the oldest craft beer brewery in Texas and we attend its 106th birthday by drinking the Shiner 106 Birthday Cheer Chocolate Stout. Shiner distributes to 49 states and is the third biggest craft brewer in the country. The brewery was started by German and Czech immigrants in 1909, but is now owned by the Gambrinus Company.

The Shiner 106 Birthday Cheer is a chocolate stout brewed with chocolate malt and real cocoa, with an ABV of 5% and 20 IBU.

In the education corner, we talk about session beers, its dubious World War I history, and what it means for drinkability. 

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May 12, 2015

Kona's Koko Brown Ale is becoming rare in Texas and we review our very last bottle. Koko Brown is a winter and spring seasonal brewed with coconuts that has a 5.5% ABV with 28 IBU, that has a strong coconut flavor with equally strong toffee flavors that make it a highly drinkable beer. 

Kona is one of the larger craft breweries, based out of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. It was founded by father and son Cameron Healy and Spoon Khalsa in 1995, but is now owned by the Craft Beer Alliance. 

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May 5, 2015

It's time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with our first interview and a Texican craft beer: No Label's Don Jalapeño, a spring seasonal chili beer based on their Pale Horse pale ale, but made with 30 pounds of raw jalapeños and 30 pounds of roasted jalapeños. 

No Label is a family-owned brewery out of Katy, Texas (near Houston) that couldn't decide on a name to represent every family member, so they settled on No Label.

Instead of news this week, we talk about our ride on the Dallas Brew Bus and interview Matt Dixon and Jordan Moon from Dallas Brew Scene, who run the bus.

We discuss how Matt and Jordan got their start, fending off rivals, the increasing tap competition in Dallas, their gateway beers (Shiner, Pyramid Hefeweizen, Kasteel, Stone IPA and Arrogant Bastard), their favorite beers, brewing education, how macrobrewers are helping craft beer, favorite beer cities (Portland and Munich), the beers that blow them away (Sam Adams Utopias and Goose Island King Henry) and how contentious the craft beer scene is coming in Dallas. 

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