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The health benefits of beer | Healthy Eating | Eat Well | Best Health

Great read. Some choice selections:

Beer is fat-free, cholesterol-free and low in carbohydrates—a 341-mL bottle of beer with 5 percent alcohol has 5 g of carbohydrates

Beer is made from hops, barley and wheat, so the beverage contains many of the same nutrients that grains do, including B vitamins, riboflavin, niacin and zinc.

Two glasses of beer can provide 10 percent of your recommended daily fibre intake.

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Biochemistry suggests that the levels of antioxidants found in blood are elevated after beer is consumed.

Many studies have found that moderate alcohol consumption may lower a drinker’s risk of diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes, and can even reduce weight gain.

The reason that light beers are slightly lower in calories is because they contain less alcohol. “About three quarters of the calories in beer come from alcohol and one quarter come from the grains.”

A lot of the vitamins and minerals in beer come from the grains. If you’re trimming down the grains to save calories, you’re also reducing the nutritional value.

When choosing a beer, the key is to select a flavour you enjoy and always exercise restraint when you’re out at the pub.

Light beer is the worst drinking invention of all-time (never fell for that shady shit). Completely defeats the purpose (and nutrition) of drinking brews (may as well down some pointless non-alcoholic beer). Bottoms up to QUALITY brew, yo.

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Lagunitas (say “lah-goo-knee-tuss”) is American craft beer at its very finest (as well as funniest). And here’s the rundown/result of the two epic (for me) beer runs I made while in Massachusetts last week:
Three 6-packs (12oz) of Maximus IPA (I’ve had one bottle so far)
One 6-pack of Pale New Dogtown
One 6-pack of Censored Rich Copper Ale
Three bombers (22oz) of IPA (just finished one off last night)
Three bombers of Hop Stoopid
Two bombers of Little Sumpin’ Wild
Two bombers of Wilco Tango Foxtrot
Five bombers of Lucky 13: three of the alternate anniversary release (had one) and two of the original (the first Lagunitas brew I ever had)
Three 40oz of Private Stock malt liquor (not manufactured by Lagunitas Brewhouse) for good measure
Declared all of the above at the border and was not charged any duties. Had to import them myself since none of these fantastic hoppy brews are available for purchase in Canadian liquor stores (as far as I know), which is a DAMN shame. As a result, I plan on carefully rationing out this valuable supply of mine so that it hopefully lasts me the next few months (all while savouring every single drop). But with the exception of this weekend: I’ll be attending a cottage party on Saturday and will certainly pack some choice selections to thoroughly enjoy while there. Bottoms up to quality brew!

Lagunitas (say “lah-goo-knee-tuss”) is American craft beer at its very finest (as well as funniest). And here’s the rundown/result of the two epic (for me) beer runs I made while in Massachusetts last week:

  • Three 6-packs (12oz) of Maximus IPA (I’ve had one bottle so far)
  • One 6-pack of Pale New Dogtown
  • One 6-pack of Censored Rich Copper Ale
  • Three bombers (22oz) of IPA (just finished one off last night)
  • Three bombers of Hop Stoopid
  • Two bombers of Little Sumpin’ Wild
  • Two bombers of Wilco Tango Foxtrot
  • Five bombers of Lucky 13: three of the alternate anniversary release (had one) and two of the original (the first Lagunitas brew I ever had)
  • Three 40oz of Private Stock malt liquor (not manufactured by Lagunitas Brewhouse) for good measure

Declared all of the above at the border and was not charged any duties. Had to import them myself since none of these fantastic hoppy brews are available for purchase in Canadian liquor stores (as far as I know), which is a DAMN shame. As a result, I plan on carefully rationing out this valuable supply of mine so that it hopefully lasts me the next few months (all while savouring every single drop). But with the exception of this weekend: I’ll be attending a cottage party on Saturday and will certainly pack some choice selections to thoroughly enjoy while there. Bottoms up to quality brew!

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Having a pre-game 22 oz. bottled pint of Lagunitas Lucky 13 at The Lower Depths on Commonwealth Ave, just a stones throw away from Fenway. This rare status post has been brought to you by Tumblr app for Android.

Having a pre-game 22 oz. bottled pint of Lagunitas Lucky 13 at The Lower Depths on Commonwealth Ave, just a stones throw away from Fenway. This rare status post has been brought to you by Tumblr app for Android.

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Sapporo Legendary Biru Commercial (HD)

I absolutely love Sapporo premium beer, in particular while watching sports championships. It’s a great, light and classy brew that still possesses a decent body and a nice flavour to it (perfect for the summer months). And it’s always a pleasant surprise when I dine out somewhere and the establishment happens to carry this particular mainstream Japanese beer on draft (most recently, I found out that Blue Cactus in the Byward Market has it on tap, along with some decent microbrews). Oh, and those over-sized 650mL cans they come in for home use are absolutely solid, beautifully stand out amongst the other beer cans and serve as a prime conductor for maintaining an ice cold temperature.

However, my unending praise for this tasty beverage is simply a precursor to the above supremely epic advertisement (peep it in 720p for maximum effect). Unlike most beer commercials, there is just so much going on visually that you must view it numerous times just to see what the filmmakers managed to pack into the mise-en-scene; simply put, the spot demands our attention and damn well deserves it too. And I gotta say I’m proud to support the company behind this amazing spot and who produce such a quality drinking product.

And yes, I just happen to be enjoying a Sapporo right now while peeping Game 1 of the NBA Finals, where the ESPN commentary team continues to shamelessly ride Kobean’s dick (speaking of which, the level of constant MJ/Kobe comparisons/vignettes is sickening). Anyways, the spot itself came up on the Rangers/White Sox ballgame which I had minimized in PIP. The Sapporo star logo caught my eye, so I expanded the image, rewound that sucka, peeped it and then felt grossly compelled to write this elaborate post about a beer commercial (proof that great marketing works like gangbusters). And here we are. /semi-cool story bro

Note to self: On Friday, remember to stock up on more cans o’Poro for the upcoming weekend/week; you are running dangerously low on said biru, Juan-san.

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And so will I, Sanjuro!
Just capping off this Easter weekend by consuming a 650mL can (or 2) of Sapporo Premium Japanese beer while peeping the NCAA b-ball final (or “The Gruesome Twosome” as I like to call it). 5:02 left in the 2nd half, Duke by 1. And nobody wants to see the Blue Devils win another national title, so GO BUTLER! I hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable long weekend!
Edit: Damn, the final buzzer-beating half-court shot attempt by Heyward was one of the greatest misses of all-time. So very freakin’ close. GREAT game. But Puke wins again. “Oh well” (c) Skateboard P
Edit2: Not too long ago I finished DLing a DVDrip of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s f*cked up psychedelic absurdest masterpiece The Holy Mountain (1973). I own Jodorowsky’s El Topo (which is excellent) so I’ve been looking forward to viewing this film for a minute now. Anyways, I was able to snatch the entire 1.46 GB avi file in a bit over one hour with DL rates ranging from 300-600 kB/s (another satisfying experience with the Demonoid trackers). I have never attained those speeds on bittorrent before and probably won’t again (must have been something in the air tonight). I know, not as exciting as the NCAA final, but still worth mentioning. Now, time to pop this joint on the PS3 and get ready to trip out on the visuals (which always proves to be a fun experience).

And so will I, Sanjuro!

Just capping off this Easter weekend by consuming a 650mL can (or 2) of Sapporo Premium Japanese beer while peeping the NCAA b-ball final (or “The Gruesome Twosome” as I like to call it). 5:02 left in the 2nd half, Duke by 1. And nobody wants to see the Blue Devils win another national title, so GO BUTLER! I hope that everyone had a safe and enjoyable long weekend!

Edit: Damn, the final buzzer-beating half-court shot attempt by Heyward was one of the greatest misses of all-time. So very freakin’ close. GREAT game. But Puke wins again. “Oh well” (c) Skateboard P

Edit2: Not too long ago I finished DLing a DVDrip of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s f*cked up psychedelic absurdest masterpiece The Holy Mountain (1973). I own Jodorowsky’s El Topo (which is excellent) so I’ve been looking forward to viewing this film for a minute now. Anyways, I was able to snatch the entire 1.46 GB avi file in a bit over one hour with DL rates ranging from 300-600 kB/s (another satisfying experience with the Demonoid trackers). I have never attained those speeds on bittorrent before and probably won’t again (must have been something in the air tonight). I know, not as exciting as the NCAA final, but still worth mentioning. Now, time to pop this joint on the PS3 and get ready to trip out on the visuals (which always proves to be a fun experience).

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Beer, Poutine and WrestleMania 26 live in HD. This is about as good as lazy Sundays get for me.

Beer, Poutine and WrestleMania 26 live in HD. This is about as good as lazy Sundays get for me.

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"(holding a glass of beer on stage) How you doing? Alright? Cheers. *takes a sip of beer* I’ve had a couple, I’m not gonna lie to you. Now listen up. I hope I haven’t offended anyone. I didn’t mean…it’s not my fault. There’s a lot of powerful people here, so if I said…it’s *pointing to glass of beer*…honestly. I like a drink as much as the next man. Unless the next man…is Mel Gibson!"
Ricky Gervais introducing Mel Gibson with the bit/setup/line of the night at the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards. Ricky could barely hold it together near the end of this intro/segue and I don’t blame him; that hilarious jab was masterful. As for the rest of the show, I also enjoyed Scorsese's Cecil B. DeMille award acceptance speech. In particular, the numerous nods he gave to Kubrick and Hitchcock (as well as many other great directors). But yeah, Gervais did a great job hosting (not that I was expecting anything less). Cheers.
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I’m over a week late in posting these pix from the TMNT retro screening last Sat, July 25 (a common occurrence on this site full of procrastinating posts), but better late than never I suppose. Enjoy the (slide)show!

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Made a last minute alcohol run Tuesday night on the eve of the impending LCBO summer strike in Ontario. And holy sh!t, that was the busiest I’ve ever seen an LCBO joint ever (that’s including the holidays). Everybody’s panicking and needs tons of drinks pronto; it’s like the Y2K bug of liquor. And even if there isn’t a strike after midnight tonight, the weather was great and it was a good time to go out and stock up on some hard stuff. So anyways, here’s what we pulled in on this epic run:
6-pack of Leffe Blonde
6-pack of Stella (all Belgian beers are standby summer brewskies)
500mL Martini dry vermouth (for summer martinis, already have the vodka. Edit: I meant to write gin…but you can make martinis with vodka too)
Bottle of Martini Asti sparkling wine (for my Mom)
Bottle of Pelee Island Chardonnay white wine (for my Dad)
Chivas Regal 12 year-old premium blended scotch whiskey (also for my Dad)
Silver Patron premium tequila, made from 100% agave (for ME)
True story: about 11 years ago on Father’s Day, I got majorly sick off tequila (not Patron but something much cheaper). And as is often the case when you get incredibly sick from a drink, you lose the physical ability to keep it down ever again. I’ve actually had one shot of tequila since then (back in 2006 in White Rock, BC) and although I was scared to ingest it, my body didn’t totally reject the shot that time around. Couple that with the fact that I’ve been wanting to try Patron tequila for years now and I figured that tonight would be a good time to make the summer investment in this drink and get back into the tequila game with one of the finest examples out there.
Now, time to go make myself a glass and watch out for any news regarding whether or not the strike is on (and if it’s not, then what a great sales-boosting marketing strategy by the ol’ lick-bow). I hope my body can keep this blanco down (wish me luck).

What, you want some Patron??? I got that! - Yeezy from Celebration

Update: Strike deadline extended for now. I got what I want. Now get yours before it’s too late!
Update #2: The sales boosting marketing strategy worked like a drunken charm. To the tune of $17 milli in sales for one day! I’ll drink to that and a happy summer.

Made a last minute alcohol run Tuesday night on the eve of the impending LCBO summer strike in Ontario. And holy sh!t, that was the busiest I’ve ever seen an LCBO joint ever (that’s including the holidays). Everybody’s panicking and needs tons of drinks pronto; it’s like the Y2K bug of liquor. And even if there isn’t a strike after midnight tonight, the weather was great and it was a good time to go out and stock up on some hard stuff. So anyways, here’s what we pulled in on this epic run:

  • 6-pack of Leffe Blonde
  • 6-pack of Stella (all Belgian beers are standby summer brewskies)
  • 500mL Martini dry vermouth (for summer martinis, already have the vodka. Edit: I meant to write gin…but you can make martinis with vodka too)
  • Bottle of Martini Asti sparkling wine (for my Mom)
  • Bottle of Pelee Island Chardonnay white wine (for my Dad)
  • Chivas Regal 12 year-old premium blended scotch whiskey (also for my Dad)
  • Silver Patron premium tequila, made from 100% agave (for ME)

True story: about 11 years ago on Father’s Day, I got majorly sick off tequila (not Patron but something much cheaper). And as is often the case when you get incredibly sick from a drink, you lose the physical ability to keep it down ever again. I’ve actually had one shot of tequila since then (back in 2006 in White Rock, BC) and although I was scared to ingest it, my body didn’t totally reject the shot that time around. Couple that with the fact that I’ve been wanting to try Patron tequila for years now and I figured that tonight would be a good time to make the summer investment in this drink and get back into the tequila game with one of the finest examples out there.

Now, time to go make myself a glass and watch out for any news regarding whether or not the strike is on (and if it’s not, then what a great sales-boosting marketing strategy by the ol’ lick-bow). I hope my body can keep this blanco down (wish me luck).

What, you want some Patron??? I got that! - Yeezy from Celebration

Update: Strike deadline extended for now. I got what I want. Now get yours before it’s too late!

Update #2: The sales boosting marketing strategy worked like a drunken charm. To the tune of $17 milli in sales for one day! I’ll drink to that and a happy summer.

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NHL.com - Game Previews: Sabres @ Senators - 03/17/2009

So my Irish Drinking Day plans shall include peeping this game live in person tonight. Well, that, a shot of absinthe and some overpriced beer at SB Place (which probably and thankfully won’t be green). Considering their great record against Buffalo, this could quite possibly be the first game that I witness the Sens win in person this year (I’ve been to 3 games in 2009 and they’ve lost all of them but none…what a great season). Anyways, the place should be rocking if not tipsy. So what are your plans tonight?

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Walk The Plank

So tonight during my workout (just a few seconds ago, actually), I held the plank position for a new personal best time of 2 minutes and 34 seconds (2:34). I know that’s not a world record. But the fact that I’m having a bit of trouble typing this post because my arms are shot tells me that it’s somewhere I’ve never been (and I just HAD to post about it ASAP…I know, I’m so interesting). OK, back to the next set. Excuse me for a moment.

ps. To time myself, I used the stopwatch on my sexy iPod Touch, which motivated me even more to push beyond 2 minutes. I didn’t want to let her down, you see?

Update: My workout for tonight is now over. And to cap it off, I’m gonna throw back a brewskie. Why? THIS is why. Ahhhhh, refreshing AND replenishing.

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