As a fan of both exercise AND beer…
Must say, news like THIS?
Makes my day:
[The Blaze] Via the blog JammieWearingFool comes news of this scientific report that says drinking beer after working out is actually better for you than drinking water. And who are we to argue with science?
A beer after playing a game of football, a long run, or a strenuous round of golf can be good for the body, scientists say.
Prof Manuel Garzon, of Granada University, also claimed the bubbles in beer help to quench the thirst and that its carbohydrate content can help to replace lost calories.
Prof Garzon asked a group of students to do strenuous exercise in temperatures of around 40ºC (104ºF). Half were given a pint of beer, while the others received the same volume of water.
Prof Garzon, who announced the results at a press conference in Granada beneath a banner declaring “Beer, Sport, Health”, said the hydration effect in those who drank beer was “slightly better”.
Juan Antonio Corbalan, a cardiologist who worked formerly with Real Madrid football players and Spain’s national basketball team, said beer had the perfect profile for re-hydration after sport.
He added that he had long recommended barley drinks to professional sportsmen after exercise.
Previous studies have shown most alcoholic drinks have a diuretic effect – meaning they increase the amount of liquid lost by the body through urination.
Dr James Betts, an expert on nutrition and metabolism at Bath University, said a moderate amount of beer might be just as good as water at helping the body retain liquid, but that he doubted it could be any better.
Dr Betts said: “If you are dehydrated to start with following exercise, a beer, as opposed to a spirit, probably does not have a high enough concentration of alcohol to induce a diuretic effect.” [Read More]
Beer is good for you?
Yes it is.
Oh, happy day!
And on that note?
The warm-weather seasons are all about lightness, not flavorlessness. Once the sun shows up, ditch the stout and try one of these exceptional seasonal releases.
By Evan S. Benn
Bell’s Oberon Ale
With a smirking sun on the label and a golden-honey liquid that looks like it was tapped directly from the center of the solar system, Bell’s Oberon Ale is spring in a bottle (or on draft). Zippy, slightly tart lemon flavors from Saaz hops make this Michigan-brewed wheat ale endlessly refreshing. And, at 5.8 percent alcohol by volume, you can enjoy a few Oberons during a ball game without worrying too much about a hangover the next day.
Flying Dog Backyard Ale
Maryland’s largest craft brewery teamed up in March with chef Bryan Voltaggio, a Maryland native and Top Chef season six finalist, to create this smoky amber ale that’s suitable for backyard barbecues. Its light base and smoked malts should be an ideal complement to, in the brewery’s words, “all things grilled, charred, broiled, roasted, and smoked.” Look for it to be released soon in 750-ml and 12-ounce bottles.
Southern Tier Hop Sun
This hopped-up wheat beer has the bright, grassy aroma of a pilsner and the citrusy bite of a pale ale. In fact, the wheat in Hop Sun’s grain bill is barely detectable save for its crisp, clean finish. Brewed in New York, it’s the sort of craft beer that demands respect not because it’s fussy or rare or complex, but simply because it’s just so damn good. So good it might even make yard work or cleaning out the garage seem enjoyable.
Victory Summer Love Ale
Philadelphia’s Victory Brewing Co. is bringing back a beer it made last year in tandem with the city’s tourism board for Philly Beer Week. But this summer, Victory is increasing the brew’s production and spreading the love to all 29 states where its beers are sold. Summer Love Ale — an easy-drinking golden ale brewed with German hops, pale malts, and water from Chester County’s own Brandywine Creek — is due out in May. You’ll want to pick some up.
Moylan’s Orange & Black Congrats Ale!
Brewed to honor the current World Series champions, the San Francisco Giants, Orange & Black Congrats Ale! is, as its name suggests, a black ale that incorporates zest from California-grown oranges. Moylan’s Brewery and Restaurant released the dark, celebratory brew on opening day in 22-ounce bottles and on draft at its Novato, California, brewpub and at select locations around the Bay Area. Its production is limited, so if you want to grab one to toast the Giants (or, you know, just to drink), better do so now.
Arcadia Whitsun Ale
Arcadia Brewing Co. recently released Whitsun — its Americanized take on a Belgian-style witbier — in bottles and kegs. And the Battle Creek, Michigan-based brewery plans to add cans to its Whitsun repertoire by the end of this month, marking Arcadia’s entrance into the growing world of canned craft beers. What’s so great about cans? For starters, they actually do a better job than bottles of keeping oxygen and light from skunking your beer. Plus, cans are welcome at places where glass is not — like beaches, golf courses, and concert venues — which means you’ll have more places to savor Whitsun, a tasty warm-weather wheat beer brewed with coriander and orange peel. At the beach, what could be better? [Read More at the Fantastic Esquire!]