Hungry Brew Hops Visit

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I finally had the opportunity to check out Hungry Brew Hops! It’s a gastropub that I have been hearing about for months from friends and fellow beer lovers, and all I can say is it was worth the wait.

Hungry Brew Hops is located at 211 Main St. in Newmarket, Ontario. The restaurant is placed among little boutique stores and cafés and fits in very well. When you wilk in the door you get taken away with the rustic décor and large scale art on the wall, but it’s the little touches that make this place special. The details that went into the design are amazing, from the warm rustic tables, to the wall of kegs at the front entrance. As you walk past the bar, you will notice the 28 tap handles including 4 wines on tap. One thing you can’t miss is the “Hungry” light sign hanging on the wall of the bar. This is definitely an eye catcher!
My girlfriend and I, were seated near the back of the restaurant by the open kitchen. Once seated, we got to see the full beer list with brews from around Ontario and the world, but our eyes were easily taken away from the menu when we noticed the beautiful chalk art on the wall displaying all the beer styles. It is truly a work of art.
Once we ordered our first set of beers, myself a GLB Saison Dupump and my girlfriend a flight, the service was excellent. Our beers came promptly and our orders for food were taken. The food menu at Hungry Brew Hops is quite vast. There is definitely a great selection of food to pair with the amazing beers that they offer.
The food was delicious. Very good portion sizes and full of flavour. Even though I was full I had to order dessert and another beer. I went with their apple cheesecake and a Sawdust City Skinny Dipping Stout. It was truly the perfect pairing.
My overall experience was great! The food, service and beer were on point and the décor was so welcoming it made you want to stay. It was definitely worth the trip and I will for sure making another trip out there.

Beer: The Kidney Stone Killer

Kidney stones are intensely painful and overwhelmingly afflict men. A study in 2011 showed that drinking one beer per day reduced the risk of developing kidney stones by 40%, primarily because the high water content helps keep kidneys clean and in working order. Drinking beer can also temporarily expand the tubes between the kidneys and the bladder, which might help a stone exit less painfully. In Poland and the Czech Republic, there’s even a “medical beer” program. If you drink beer to treat urological condition, the government will refund the money you spend on beer.

Beer and your Body

The health benefits of the world’s second most drunk beverage

1. Strong Bones
Beer contains a rare nutrient, silicon, which strengthens bones. Drinking beer has even been found to decrease change of getting none diseases.

2. Strong Heart
The Nutrition Journal did a study on beer and found that beer reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems. Other studies have found similar heart benefits of beer.

3. Healthy Cells
Beer contains antioxidants which rebuild cells and contribute to long life.

4. Lower Chances of Cancer
Hops contain polyphenois, which lower bad cholesterol levels, kill viruses, and even fight cancer. Micro beers contain more hops than commercial canned beers, so these contribute greater health in these areas.

5. A Plethora of B Vitamins
Each beer contains many B vitamins, which are to, among other things:
-Ease Stress
-Reduce heart disease risk
-Aid memory
-Build and strengthen muscle

So go and enjoy great local craft beer and say cheers to your body!

Sources:

http://www.wholeliving.com/134086/benefits-b-vitamins

http://news.discovery.com/human/health/beer-healthy-bones.htm

http://www.nutritionjrnl.com/article/s0899-9007(13)00108-1/abstract

http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=6442463947

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-drink/6-surprisingly-healthy-beers

http://www.esquire.com/the-side/food-and-drink/healthiest-beer#slide-1

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/03/15/surprising-health-benifits-beer/

Make your own Beer Shampoo plus Conditioner

Beer is a shine-inducing volume-amplifying, nutritious supplement for your hair, but you don’t have to shell out the big bucks for the big effect. Just try these recipes to take advantage of all its beautifying effect for a fraction of the price.

Shampoo: 1 cup of regular shampoo plus 1/4 cup of mild scented beer. The alcohol cleans, the beer shines and volumizes and the yeast nourishes.

Conditioner: 1 cup of warm, flat beer plus 1 teaspoon jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is non greasy and will contribute to the moisturizing of your hair.

For best results, the beer should be unfiltered and unpasteurized.

Ales vs Lagers

In the big world of beer, there are ales and there are lagers. What makes ales and lagers different and are ales and lagers really different? Yeast. And yes. Because the two types of yeasts used in beer making are quite different from each other, the fermentation (the breakdown of a substance by yeast) can take place at different temperatures, which means the attenuation, the process of  covering sugars into alcohol and CO2 (and in beer lingo, just how much of this has occurred), can be a slow, long process or a fast and quick process (creating a not well attenuated or a well attenuated beer respectively), which in turn affects what fruity esters and compounds are left in the beer, the clarity of the beer, and how much carbonation is in the beer.

Ale Characteristics

So, ales are generally fermented quick and warm, which leaves them packed with esters, which gives us the fruity, bold flavors, and are robust, hearty, rich, and complex

 Lager Characteristics

Since lagers are fermented cold over a long period of time, they are often very clear and crisp beers with a smooth finish. They often lack the bold or fruity flavors that accompany ales.

To understand the differences in beers, you have to look past the differences between ales and lagers. You’ve got to look at the varieties of beer that exist. Here are 72 styles of beer that branch from the Ales and Lagers family.

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Beer and Mixology Combine

With Summer coming not that after in the near future, who isn’t thinking about sitting on a patio with a nice craft beer? I know I am, but for some people beer just isn’t their thing. Mixology like craft beer is on the rise in the bar industry. The combination of ingredients to make these amazing cocktails, but why not combine the two worlds together and enjoy some beer cocktails? I happen to find this quick reference infographic to show some of the beer cocktails you can make. If you have any of your own be sure to share them with me by email or tweeting me at @_bottomlesspint.

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The Expiration Date for Beers

It’s easy to tell when your leftovers have mutated and grown into a new life form. It’s more difficult to notice that change in a year-old can of beer. As a handy guide, most beers now have a “pull by” date, which tells the store when to take the beer off the shelf. That date is usually 180 days after bottling, although very strong IPAs will probably start to break down after three months. Other beer have a “born on” date, indicating when it was actually bottled so you can decide for yourself whether you think it’s fresh enough.

I will also be posting an article about aging beer and which beers can be aged.