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about Snow, the best selling beer in the world

Now that we’re on the subject of drinking, I came across this CNN article about the best selling beer in the world. Apparently it not my home town’s Heineken, nor is it any of the American bestsellers Coors, Bud or Miller. It’s not even Tsingtao, the brand that I thought was would have a good shot at the number 1 since it’s consumed by a large share of the people in China.

None of that. The best selling beer is a Beijing-based lager by the name of Snow. Apparently, it’s a big hit in mainland China. And that helps in generating volume for sure. And for as far as taste goes, it sounds like it doesn’t do under for the aforementioned American ‘classics’: “I think it’s light, crisp and refreshing. Very good as an initial thirst-quencher. But to be honest, once you have a couple of them, you’d tend to go for a heavier beer.”

that drinking more can be a sign of intelligence

Found yourself drinking again last night? Don’t fret. It’s just a sign of your massive intelligence levels. (Aka: that was a smart decision). According to two studies quoted by The Week Magazine, there is a correlation between how smart you are and how much you drink. Potential reasons include evolution, early adoption, making up for boring early years, and probably the one that’s easiest to relate to: dealing with the morons:

“Drinking is the only way to deal with morons: Smart people “booze so we can tolerate everyone else,” says Greg at Food & Wine Blog. When sober, we tend to “take people’s responses at literal face value.” But after a few drinks, “we can relax a bit, stop being so anal with semantics and let comments slide a bit.””

why the popularity of craft beer skyrocketed

Today I visited the American Beer Classic, a Chicago craft beer festival that hosted over a 100 breweries that offered us samples of their famous, and less known brews. I think (I mean, try to recall what beer #1 tasted like when you’re ready to take on beer #30) my favorite was Uinta’s Hop Notch IPA. And not just because of the name, although that definitely helped.

But what made craft beer gain in popularity so much? According to a WSJ report, a tax deduction originally set off the revolution in American “craft” beer. It led to a surge in the number of U.S. breweries from a few dozen to more than 2,300 today and turned home-brewers into seasoned beer makes such as Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada and Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head.

Well, I don’t remember ever paying less for a craft beer than for a rice-blended lager, but I sure am happy that these guys are around. Cheers!

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Another aptly named IPA

that PBR is indeed the ultimate hipster beer

Yes, I’ve lived in Williamsburg for a while. And yes, I’ve had my fair share of PBRs while I was there. (And yes, I’m still drinking them.) I mean, it’s just as good, or as shitty –depending on whether you are a PBR glass half full or half empty person– as any other American peer. Plus, it’s cheap. So why not?

But, our dearest Pabst Blue Ribbon does have that perception of being a hipster beer. And now there’s no way of denying that anymore: startup Locu researched the cheap beer market and concluded that PBR is indeed the ultimate skinny-jeans-and-handle-bar-moustache beer. So like it or not, but it seems to be official.

Read more about the research over at Forbes.

about drunkorexia

So yesterday I found out about a calorie-neutral restaurant, promising you’ll leave the place after lunch without gaining any weight and definitely being more of a gimmick than anything else. Today however, I stumbled upon something that sounds a lot more serious: something that The Atlantic calls ‘drunkorexia’.

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In their article, the Atlantic reports about new research that indicates that students consciously skip (probably already not very well-balanced) meals in favor of alcoholic beverages. To add to this, the article then goes into describing how almost all of the major producers of spirits, beer and wine are now specifically targeting this group with ad campaigns around low-calorie products. The gist of it is that students don’t want to get fat, but still enjoy their booze.

While I’m really not convinced that anyone could sincerely be surprised by this (students wanting to get drunk? without gaining weight? ever heard of liquid dinner??), I at least got a new term out of it! “Like, oh my god, Laura is such a drunkorexic!”.

about a clever alternative for the dreaded corkage fee

It was my colleague Phil who told me about Chicago’s Bavette restaurant’s unique solution to BYOB. Instead of charging guests who prefer to BYOB instead of buying wine by the glass, they’re not being charged a corkage fee. Instead, they are kindly asked to share a glass of the wine that they’re consuming with a random guest in the restaurant. One of the guests of Bavette called it “some sort of pay-it-forward.” I love it.