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7 of the most common beer myths debunked

Kevin Loria & Skye Gould - - Business Insider

Beer has been around for thousands of years. And though it's one of the most popular beverages in the world, it's also commonly misunderstood.

Even regular beer drinkers will frequently cite myths about how a beer gets skunked or how many calories are in dark beers. In honor of National Beer Day we've decided to debunk some of those myths.

Carving up the most-asked question

Joe Stange - - Draft

November is here. Time, again, for the Turkey Question.

Wine folks might debate it amongst themselves, but they usually have a simple answer—pinot noir or chardonnay, for example. Meanwhile, beer geeks have a rep for giving people answers that are, like many of their beards and the rest of this post, too long.

So if you want the simple answer, here it is: Pick something malty, a bit sweet, and not too bitter. Think bocks or märzens, brown ales, dubbels and tripels.

You don't want a bland beer but you also don't want anything too rich or intense (save that imperial stout for pumpkin pie and IPA for leftover turkey sandwiches). Residual sweetness contrasts and highlights that beautiful savory umami of a properly roasted bird (sweetness also is welcome if that bird winds up too dry). Meanwhile, malt can find its Maillard-reaction friend in the caramelization of the crispy skin.

7 of the biggest myths about beer debunked

Kevin Loria - - Business Insider

Beer might be one of the most popular beverages in the world, and one of the best times to drink it is on a hot summer day.

The delightful drink has been around for thousands of years, and some argue that it sparked the domestication of grain that was essential for our transition from hunting-and-gathering societies to agricultural civilizations.

But beer is also commonly misunderstood.

Music makes beer taste better

- Science Daily

Music can influence how much you like the taste of beer, according to a study published in Frontiers in Psychology.

Their findings suggest that a range of multisensory information, such as sound, sensation, shape and color, can influence the way we perceive taste.

The Brussels Beer Project collaborated with UK band The Editors to produce a porter-style beer that took inspiration from the musical and visual identity of the band.

Ancient Pay Stub Shows Workers Were Paid In Beer

- NPR

The British Museum has a 5,000-year-old tablet from the ancient Mesopotamian city of Uruk that is likely a pay stub. Historians say beer at that time was thick and starchy — basically liquid bread.

Will Mega Beer Merger Lead To Higher Prices & Fewer Choices For Consumers?

Ashlee Kieler - - Consumerist

With a $104.2 billion merger agreed to in principle, beer giants Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller could be walking down the aisle soon, creating a company that provides nearly 70% of the beer sold in the U.S. While such a mega-merger might be beneficial to the companies as far as increasing market share and cutting costs, the deal could have some very real consequences for consumers – and other beer producers.
While we can't know for sure just what the outcome of the proposed merger will be for consumers, AB InBev (ABI), SABMiller and the hundreds of other smaller brewers, antitrust experts provided Consumerist with a few plausible scenarios, none of which really benefit the consumer.
In fact, Diana Moss, president of the American Antitrust Institute, tells Consumerist that virtually no merger scenario between the two companies would benefit consumers. Instead, the deal spells higher prices, fewer choices, and a harder life for smaller craft brewers.

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