Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Joys of a Good-Quality Beer

For many people, a good beer is like nectar from the gods. I, too, enjoy high quality
malted beverages from time to time. Fortunately, I live in Philadelphia, where people drink more Belgian beer per capita than anywhere else (except Belgium), and is home to and neighboring city to many fantastic microbreweries. June marks the annually celebrated Philly Beer Week. Walk into almost any bar in Philadelphia, and you will have your pick of delicious and refreshing microbrews. Maybe this is why they call Philadelphia “the City of Brotherly Love.” Or is it “Brewerly Love”?

Good-quality beer has health benefits because it is both nourishing and refreshing. Microbrews are made in smaller batches with high quality ingredients: water, barley and other whole grains, yeast, and hops, as well as some creative additions from time to time. Some of the health benefits we get from good-quality beer are:

  • Improved digestion 
  • A natural source of good quality fermentation 
  • B vitamins 
  • Helpful for new mother’s milk 
  • Relaxing for the kidneys, which helps us to eliminate excess salt 

Here are some of my favorites Philadelphia-area microbreweries:
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Dogfish Head
Flying Fish
Sly Fox
Dock Street
Nodding Head

Our founding father Ben Franklin said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants
us to be happy”. Yea Ben, you’re a true American hero!

Check out Denny Waxman's blog on the benefits fermented beverages!

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