Spruce Beer

Spruce beer is a beverage flavored with the needles, or essence of spruce trees.
A British explorer, navigator and cartographer, Captain James Cook made the first alcoholic sugar-based spruce beer during his sea voyages in order to prevent scurvy in his crew. The vitamin C content in the spruce is responsible for spruce beer’s curative properties.producing beer health  %tages Spruce BeerSpruce beer is the soft drink, despite its name, is - like Ginger beer and Root beer.
Alcoholic spruce beer may also be made from sugar and flavoring from the spruce tree. Leaves, small branches, or extracted essence of spruce are boiled with sugar and fermented with yeast.

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Home Beer Making

There are 100s of different types and tastes of beer being brewed all over the world. People from different part of world have designed and developed their own techniques of home beer making adding custom flavors and aromas to it. Beers also vary in their appearance, texture, smoothness, flavor, ingredients, gravity, texture and recipe. Each type of beer has a history attached to it as to where and how it was originated. Here are the three main kinds of beers found at different parts of the world.
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Top Fermenting Type

These beers are made from top-fermenting yeast, which typically ferments at higher temperatures giving a significant amount of esters and other secondary aromas and flavors.

The yeast forms a layer of foam at the surface of the fermenting beer giving flavors that resemble those of apple, pear, pineapple, grass, hay, banana, plum or prune. The top fermented beers include Continue reading

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10 Oktoberfest Facts

1. Oktoberfest is held in Munich Germany and bizarrely starts in September, running for approximately sixteen days through to the first week of October.

2. The first ever Oktoberfest was held on October 12th 1810 and was organized for the public commemoration of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen whose marriage took place five days prior. The original Oktoberfest included a horse race which persisted until 1960.

3. 2010 is the 200th anniversary of Oktoberfest, to mark the occasion a horse race in historical costumes was held on the opening day.

4. On average six million people attend the festival each year– that’s just under half of Australia’s total adult population.

5. On average a one liter beer at the festival, known as a stein, will cost attendees 8.50 Euros (approximately $14).

6. Approximately 7 million liters of beer, 80 thousand liters of wine, 32 thousand liters of sparkling wine, 220 liters of tea/coffee and 1 million liters of water/lemonade will be consumed over the course of the festival.

7. Many beer drinkers forget that the beer served has on average a 7.5% to 8% alcohol content and as a result often pass out due to excessive drinking. These drunk patrons are called “Bierleichen“ which is German for “beer corpses“.

8. The festival covers grounds which are about half km2 (103.78 acres) in size.

9. In total the beer halls have seating capacity for 100,000 people. The largest beer hall / tent has seating capacity for 10,900 people (8,450 inside and 2,450 outside).

10. After 2004 the queues for toilets became so long that the police had to regulate the entrance.
histrory germany consuming beer beer in culture  %tages 10 Oktoberfest FactsBelow is a brief history of the Oktoberfest that is held yearly in Munich, German. As it was mentioned the first Oktoberfest took place in the year 1810, and was held in the month of October. The year 1811 saw the first of the exhibitions of agriculture and animals. The best of the horses and oxen were awarded prizes. In the year 1815 the first Continue reading

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Beer Myths

MYTH: Dark Beer is Stronger Than Light Beer
ANSWER: Try this Westmalle Tripel
Dark beer takes a lot of bad raps - thick, bitter, flawed - but this myth is the most common. Beer gets most of its color from roasting some or all of the grains that go into it. The heavier the roast, the darker the beer. But the depth of the roast has virtually no effect on alcohol content, which is determined by the quantity of malt used and the degree to which it is fermented. In the cases when roasting does have an effect strength, it actually can reduce a grain's ability to render alcohol.
other beer in culture  %tages Beer MythsMYTH: Ale is Stronger Than Lager
ANSWER: Really? Why?
In the middle of this century, it was common for beer above a certain alcohol content to be called "ale", regardless of whether the beer was top fermenting (a true ale) or bottom fermenting (lager). This practice can still be found in some states, such as Texas. By brewing convention, your average American ale tends to be a little higher in alcohol than your average lager, but that's by design rather than by nature. In fact, ale yeast has a lower tolerance for high levels of alcohol, and the world's strongest beers tend to be, with the exception of some hybrid beers, all lagers.

MYTH: Draft Beer is Better Than Bottle Beer
ANSWER: I'd take an old bottle of beer before on old draft beer any day.
This is more an assumption based on fact than a falsehood. This observation holds true for most beers your average Joe is exposed to, as draft versions are often unpasteurized and fresher. But we know about a whole realm of bottle conditioned beers -- notably many Belgian, English and American ales -- that just don't cut it on draft. In bottles, these beers have a chance to condition on their own yeast, sometimes improving over several years.

MYTH: Bock Beer is From The Bottom of the Barrel
ANSWER: How do they get those Germans in the barrels to scrape it out?
This is a dangerous one, because it leads people to believe that beer can change styles simply by aging. Bock beers are variously brewed in late winter through the spring, and their recipes result in beers that run the gamut from pale to quite dark, from strong to really strong. If there's any truth to this myth, it would apply to Maerzen beers, which were traditionally brewed in March, consumed throughout the summer, and finished off in late September at harvest festivals like Oktoberfest. By the time these last stores of Maerzen were consumed, the beer had gathered quite a bit of strength and complexity. Continue reading

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Beer and Your Belly

One of the most awful developments for many women is a beer belly. The so-called “beer belly” doesn’t necessarily have to come from drinking beer, but it rather refers to a section of fat that may develop around the midsection. Although it is more commonly seen in men, it can develop in women as well.
other health consuming beer  %tages Beer and Your BellyFortunately, if you take proper precautions in order to prevent a beer belly from forming, you’ll generally be able to stay slim and avoid any unsightly fat deposits. There are a lot of common misconceptions about what a beer belly is and how it develops, so it’s important to know the truth about this part of your body. Read on for a few of the commonly misconceptions and myths about beer and your belly, as well as the true facts too.

While it’s true that beer provides “empty calories,” that is, calories that are not beneficial in terms of the other nutrients and supplements or minerals that they provide, it’s not entirely true that beer will contribute directly to belly fat. A beer belly can come about for someone who does not drink beer at all. The bigger issue to understand is that it’s the excess calories that help to create the beer belly, not the fact that it’s beer alone. However, because many people do not consider the calories that they consume in beer, it’s possible to have a beer drinker who ingests more calories than she should, even though her diet is otherwise quite healthy.

other health consuming beer  %tages Beer and Your BellyGenerally speaking, women develop fat deposits in a variety of places around their bodies. These include the arms, legs, hips and other areas as well. Men oftentimes will focus their fat on the belly. However, this is not to say that women cannot develop a beer belly in the traditional sense of the word. Therefore, don’t assume that you can continue to drink beer without having to pay the price of having excess fat deposits build up and gaining weight. While it may not appear in your belly area, drinking beer without compensating by getting exercise may lead to fat buildup in other areas of your body.

In terms of caloric content, beer is equivalent or greater than most other types of alcohol. While it’s true that lighter beers do tend to have fewer calories, all beer is generally considered to be a high calorie beverage item. In fact, alcohols of all types carry unnecessary calories. If you drink alcohol in any quantity and are attempting to lose weight, it’s important to keep in mind the effect that the alcohol you drink may be having on your total calorie intake, so that you can accurately assess how many calories you’re really putting into your body through what you drink.

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Beer Hall Putsch of 1923

The Beer Hall Putsch or the Hitler Putsch occurred in the evening of Thursday, November 8 to early afternoon of Friday, November 9, 1923 when the nascent National Socialist party's Fuhrer Adolf Hitler, the popular World War I General Erich Ludendorf, and other leaders of the Kampfbund, unsuccessfully tried to gain power in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. (A putsch is what Germans call a coup d'etat or a revolt of a small amount of people, e.g. a military coup.)


Beer halls were huge taverns that existed in most larger South German towns, where hundreds or even thousands of people would gather during the evenings, drink beer out of stone jugs and sing rousing drinking songs. They were also places where political rallies would be held. One of the largest in Munich was the Burgerbrau Keller where the putsch was launched.

histrory  %tages Beer Hall Putsch of 1923German power and prestige were destroyed in the aftermath of the war. another "betrayal" by the central government, as Hitler saw it. In September, he called out his 15,000 stormtroopers and announced that starting on September 27, 1923, he would be holding 14 mass meetings. This prompted the Bavarian Prime Minister Eugen Ritter von Knilling to declare a state of emergency and name Gustav von Kahr as Bavarian Commissar, Bavarian State Police head Col. Hans von Seisser, and Reichswehr General Otto von Lossow as dictators (they were called the "triumvirs") to keep order.

Hitler with other leaders in the Kampfbund searched out the triumvirs, the leaders of the conservative-nationalist-monarchist groups to convince them to march upon Berlin and seize power. In April, before the establishment of the triumvir, Hitler would call von Kahr almost every day. Each thought to use the other to propel himself into power. Von Kahr sought to restore the monarchy; Hitler wanted to be dictator.

The "Putsch"

The putsch attempted was influenced by Mussolini's successful March on Rome. Further, when Hitler realized von Kahr either sought to control him or was losing heart (history is unclear), Hitler decided to take matters into his own hands. He planned to use Munich as a base against Germany's Weimar Republic government in Berlin. Hitler, along with a large detachment of SA, marched on the Burgerbrau Keller, a Munich beer hall where von Kahr was making a speech in front of 3,000 people. In the darkness, 600 stormtroopers surrounded the beer hall and a machine gun was set up pointing at the front door. Adolf Hitler, surrounded by his associates Hermann Goring, Alfred Rosenberg, Rudolf He?, and Ulrich Graf, busted through the front door at 8:30 pm, fired a shot into the ceiling and jumped on a chair yelling,

"The national revolution has broken out! The hall is filled with six hundred men. Nobody is allowed to leave. The Bavarian government and the government at Berlin are deposed. A new government will be formed at once. The barracks of the Reichswehr and those of the police are occupied. Both have rallied to the swastika."
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At gunpoint, Hitler forced von Kahr, von Seisser, and von Lossow, into a room and told them to support his march on Berlin, or they would be shot. Hitler thought that he would get an immediate response of affirmation from them. When that did not occur, things began to unravel and Hitler and Ernst Pohner began to entreat and badger their captives. During this stalemate, speeches were held, no one was allowed to leave and others of Hitler's entourage collected Prime Minister von Knilling and his cabinet as hostages from the audience (which would later include a prominent Jewish banker, Mr. Ludwig Wassermann).
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China and Beer

In 2011, China was the world’s largest beer consumer for the forth t straight year, with consumption increasing 11.8 percent from the previous year to 29.13 million kiloliters. China replaced the United States as the world largest beer consumer in 2002. It surpassed Germany to move up from Number three to Number two in the mid 1990s.histrory consuming beer china  %tages China and Beer

Average beer consumption in China is about twenty eight liters per person per year and that figure is growing fast. It compares with consumption figures of almost hundred liters per person per year in the UK and about seventy liters in Japan.

Beer consumption was about eighteen liters a year on a per capita basis in the 1990s, compared to 84 liters in te United States and 75 liters in western Europe. Beer drinking took off in China in the 1980s and 1990s. China produced 118 million barrels of beer in 1995, a fifteen-fold increase from 1980.

Beer is the most popular alcoholic beverage in China. It is generally pretty cheap, especially the local brands. A large bottle of beer can cost as little as 25 cents. Locally-made foreign brands such as Pabst Blue Label, Carlsberg and San Miguel are also fairly cheap. Beer is often served warm. Many Americans order beer with ice, the only way they know to get a cold beer.

Beer for the most part was introduced to China by the Western colonial powers, who introduced their regional tastes, with some adaptions for local preferences.
Top beer producers in 2003: 1) China (25.1 million kiloliters, 17.1 percent of the world’s production, 7 percent increase from the previous year); 2) the United States (23.08 million kiloliters, 15.6 percent of the world’s production, 1.6 percent decrease from the previous year); 3) Germany (10.53 million kiloliters, 6 percent of the world’s production, 2.1 percent decrease from the previous year).

Beer Business in China

The Chinese beer market grew tenfold in the 1990s yet it is still not very profitable. It suffers from overcapacity and low prices and has been described as “a very low margin, fragmented business.” A large bottle of beer can cost as little as 25 cents. Analyst say branding efforts are not very well developed and beer companies often make deals with restaurants and entertainment centers that are favorable to the restaurants but produce minimal profits for the beer companies.

The three largest brewers in China, which control 45 percent of the market, made only $100 million in profits in 2004, a seventh of what Heineken made and 5 percent what Anheuser-Basuch made most Chinese drinkers stick with local brews. China has a clutch of super-brewers such as Beijing Yanjing Brewery and Tsingtao Brewery and western companies are increasingly getting involved with local partners as they look to offset slowing growth in more mature markets.

Beer market share (1999): 1) Tsingtao Beijing (4.5 percent); 2) Yanjing Beijing (4 percent); 3) Imports (3 percent); 4) Guangzhou Zhujang (2.3 percent); 5) Sichian Blue Sword (2.1 percent); Other Chinese beers (84.1 percent).

China’s Snow Lager, the World's Best-Selling Beer

In 2011, a Chinese lager called Snow surpassed Bud Light to become the world's best-selling beer. The ascension of Snow is due to Snow’s popularity in China and to the growing thirst of Chinese drinkers for beer.

In 2010, Bud Light sold 5.18 billion liters or about 9 billion pints - while Snow sold 5.12 billion liters, according to industry statistics provider Plato Logic. In the first nine months of 2008, Snow has sold 5.1 billion liters, according to the third-quarter results of its maker, China Resources Snow Breweries. And while sales of Snow are growing at about 20 percent, sales of Bud Light, according to industry estimates, are down in the first nine months of this year in its biggest market, the US.

It will mark a meteroric rise for Snow's brewer. Since it was founded in 1994, CR Snow, has grown from a regional brewer with a single plant, in Shenyang in the north-eastern Liaoning province, to one of China's biggest drinks companies. CR Snow is a joint venture between China Resources Enterprise and UK-based brewer SABMiller, owner of Grolsch and Pilsner Urquell in the UK. It now has more than 30 brands and more than 60 breweries in China. Snow’s succession to the throne marks a significant success for SABMiller.A 640ml bottle of Snow costs less than 30 US cents. How about the taste? Snow. Reviewers at the monthly beer magazine Beeradvocate gave it a D describing it as ‘unimpressive’ and ‘extremely drinkable, like water’.

Tsingtao Beer

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Buying Beer in Kegs

You night not need to spend in an entire keg of beer very often, but if you enjoy beer, you’ll probably find yourself shopping for one from time to time for weddings, birthday parties, or other celebrations. And buying it by the keg is the only way to have fresh, unpasteurized drought beer.

Buying a keg is easy; transporting it is the tough part. The big ones are really, really heavy — more than a hundred pounds. Don’t lift one yourself! Have someone big and strong pick it up, or have it delivered straight to your party.
Keg sizes

You need to figure out how many people are attending the festivity and their level of participation in order to determine what size keg to order. Keep in mind that in beer parlance, a barrel — 31 gallons — doesn’t really exist except for accounting and brewery-capacity purposes.

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Keg sizes

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