Health Benefits of Beer

It might seem crazy to think that beer can actually make you healthier, but there’s growing evidence to confirm just as much. The key to obtaining the health benefits of beer is through moderation, meaning drinking around one or two glasses a day. However, don’t go thinking that binge drinking will lead to healthy kidneys and a higher IQ. It doesn’t work like that, which is why we’re here to tell you substantiated health benefits that come with drinking, or cooking with, beer.

Nutritional Value

While beer is 90% water, that remaining 10% is packed with a number of nutrients our body needs to keep functioning, including fibre and trace amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and more. Beer contains more protein and vitamin B than wine and its unique antioxidants come from the malts and hops used in brewing. The amount of antioxidants present is the same as those found in wine but they’re of a different composition due to varying ingredients. Beer also contains probiotics that aid in increasing the good bacteria in your gut for a healthier digestive system.

Boosts Bone Health

One of the few dietary sources for silicon is found in beer and is important regarding the growth and development of bone and its connective tissue. One study showed that moderate drinkers were 38% less likely to have osteoporosis compared to non-drinkers, while another revealed that moderate drinkers were 20% less likely to fracture their hip.

Reduces the Risk of Diabetes

It’s the belief through the amount of research done, that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is reduced by 30% with a healthy intake of beer. A Dutch study looked at 38,000 male health professionals and determined that, over the course of moderate drinking for four years, they were less likely to develop diabetes. Similarly, a Danish study concluded that the moderate consumption of alcohol over three to four days is associated with a lower risk of diabetes.

Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Studies have found that men who’d already suffered heart attacks before becoming moderate beer drinkers had a 42% lower chance of developing further heart disease or dying than non-drinkers. One 500ml glass that’s about 5% alcohol is what researchers recommend drinking per day to gain these benefits. Another study done by the American Heart Association in 2016 followed 80,000 people over six years. They determined that moderate drinking slowly declined cholesterol levels which, in turn, lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Aids with Mental Health Issues

One reason many people drink beer, or alcohol in general, is to reduce stress and tension in the body. But beer also affects the brain, boosting creativity and, according to researchers at Loyola University, moderate drinkers were 23% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and dementia than non-drinkers. Light to moderate drinking from 50 years of age and on was associated with a slower decline in cognitive abilities than heavy and non-drinkers, according to multiple Parkinson’s disease studies. These results are connected with the improvement of blood flow to the brain from the rise of good cholesterol.

At Seven Degrees in Edmonton, Alberta, shop our extensive collection of wine and craft beer to your heart’s content. Our liquor store’s number one goal has always been to bring you high-quality wines, craft beers and spirits at a great price. Our experts have the knowledge and experience to help you find the perfect beverage for any occasion. So stop by today and try a sample or two of select products.

Wine Etiquette

If you are inexperienced with wine or don’t know all of the “rules” that go along with it, you may feel a bit uneasy going to a fancy restaurant or dinner party where you know wine will be served. Wine is the perfect adult beverage to drink when you are gathered around some food surrounded by the people you love, or to have while you relax after a long day. Unlike with most beer or spirits, it is good to have some basic knowledge about wine, especially if you are giving it as a gift to the host or hostess.

Selecting your Wine

If you are going to a dinner party and thinking of bringing a bottle of wine as a gift, you will more than likely select one of two wine options: white or red. Although you can’t really go wrong with your choice as the receiver will be grateful for your gift, if you really want to make a great impression, ask what will be served for dinner.

The general rule that everybody seems to agree upon is white wine goes great with pork, chicken, and fish, while red wine pairs perfectly with beef. This can be a great conversation starter if you don’t know the host that well. If you don’t know what will be served primarily, you can always just bring your favourite bottle to share or bring one bottle of each, we are sure the hosts won’t mind!

How to Pour Wine

If you have been given the task of opening and pouring the wine at your dinner party, here is a quick guide on how to do it properly. The first step is to remove any foil that is over the head of the bottle. The second step is to use a corkscrew to remove the cork. Lastly, pour about four ounces of wine into each glass. Wipe the bottle clean so no remnants spill onto the table.

How to Choose a Bottle of Wine at a Restaurant

If you are going to a fancy restaurant for a date and want to impress your significant other, you don’t want to go in blind when ordering wine. You don’t have to follow the above rules if it’s just the two of you, you can just go with what their preference is. What you will want to be aware of is the process of ordering wine. Depending on the restaurant, the server will bring over the bottle you chose and show you the label. Simply nod if they brought the right bottle. Some restaurants will give you a sample of the wine after they open it. If you like it, nod your head, if not shake your head.

Buy your Wine at Seven Degrees

If you need any help selecting wine for your next dinner party, you can trust the pros at Edmonton’s favourite wine store, Seven Degrees. Chris, your sommelier, will be happy to help you choose the perfect wine that will impress everybody you will be serving!

Fun Ways to Try New Wines

The wine industry is an old one, going back thousands of years. 10,000 varieties of wine exist throughout the world, meaning that you should be able to find something delicious. Red wines, white wine, sparkling wines, sweet wines, crisp wines, the list goes on and on. Having such a big selection makes it difficult to narrow down what to try next.

There may not be reviews for every wine on the market, but experts like the ones at Seven Degrees liquor store in Edmonton, Alberta are there to help you narrow down the possibilities. Here are a few tips to help you get out of your wine comfort zone.

Throw a Tasting Party

You don’t have to trek all the way to a winery or vineyard to taste a variety of new and exciting wines. Grab a few good friends, pick a fun theme and figure out how much wine you might need for the night. Traditionally, wine tastings offer samples of about two ounces per person. As the average wine bottle contains 24 ounces, that’s 12 tastes per bottle. Take into account how many people will be there and the possibility of people re-tasting and buy accordingly. Make sure you have enough supplies (water, glasses, spit buckets for horrible flavours and notepads to document them) to last the night. When choosing food, pick smaller things, like various cheeses, to pair with each specific bottle of wine, making sure the cheese compliments the wine’s flavour instead of ruining it.

On a Night Out

Whether you’re going to a party, club or just out with friends, it’s the perfect opportunity to try something new and exciting. Something you may never have thought to try before.

Experimenting at a restaurant means you only have to have one glass if you hate it or more if you find you like your selection. It beats buying an entire bottle, only to realize you find the taste revolting.

Be Spontaneous

On the other hand, if you’re looking to be daring, then do just that. Head to a trusted liquor store and pick whatever holds your fancy. You can either talk to one of the experts and ask their opinion or pick blindly. Make it a fun game for yourself, to buy a new bottle of wine you’ve never heard of or seen before, keeping a list of the ones you loved and the ones that didn’t work out.

Liquor stores that value customer experience over sales are the best place to find a new, delicious beverage. At Seven Degrees in Edmonton, we are just that and more. Our number one goal since opening our doors has been to bring you high-quality wines, beers and spirits at a great price. Our greatest asset is our knowledge, particularly when it comes to giving you quality products. That’s why we research our products, talk to agents and meet with growers, brewers and distillers. Servicing the Greater Edmonton Area, we allow sampling of select products, so stop by and chat with our experts.

Strong Beers – The Key to Defeating Winter!

As I sit here looking out of the window I see snow. Full blown snow pelting the ground and it’s only September 15th! I could grumble about the unpredictable (and increasingly so) weather patterns that don’t work in my favour or I can turn to towards big, bold, strong beers to not only challenge my palate, but distract me from windows. Here are 3 categories of strong beers to help one get through premature winter blues.

Imperial Stouts – also called Russian Imperial stouts, because the English use to brew these super strong (10-12%) beers to be shipped to Russia. High alcohol and hopping rates (though you won’t taste them due to malt character) preserved the barreled beer during shipment. Expect baker’s chocolate, roasted coffee beans, smooth espresso, and dark plum notes for aroma and flavor. These are rich, complex, and intense beers meant to be drank by a fireplace if possible. Also can go well with an equally rich desert like chocolate cheesecake. Old Rasputin is a fantastic version of an Imperial stout that you’ll find in most independent liquor stores.

Wee Heavy – The strongest of the Scottish beer styles, a wee heavy can range from 6.5-10% ABV. Aroma and flavors range from caramel, toffee candy, light smoke, toasted bread, nuts, and dried fruit. Orkney Skull Splitter is classic version of this beer that we carry in store and at $5.25 a 330 ml bottle, this 8.5% ABV is a steal of a deal on a cold day!

Belgian Dark Strong – The strongest of the trappist/abbey series (trappist beers are ones brewed in a monastery with a legit monk overseeing brewery production whereas abbey ales are simply beers produced in a normal brewery using the monastic approach for marketing only). The dark strong can have fruit flavors and aromas ranging from raisins, prunes, plums, dried cherry, and figs. Also present in the aroma and flavor will be spices ranging from cloves, vanilla, nutmeg, and floral notes. Though the beer is dark, do not expect any roasted coffee notes you might get from an imperial stout! St Bernardus Abt 12 is a fantastic abbey version and Chimay Blue cap is a good trappist version of the Belgian dark strong style carried in our store.

 

What I Learned from Drinking 100 Gin and Tonics

This past June, my wife and I did extensive “research” in preparation for two gin and tonic nights. We offered 10 different gins and 10 different tonics, for a total of 100 different combinations. Shortly into our research, we decided to reduce the volume, but not the ration of our gin and tonics in order to complete–or at least remember– our task.

The 10 gins we sample represented premium gins, made distinctive by their botanicals. We also used premium tonic waters, and discovered how a good tonic water can bring out the best in a great gin.

Surprisingly, we discovered that the stronger the tonic water, the more the flavours were enhanced in the gin. We also found that the larger the ice cubes, the more the delicate flavours of the gin and tonic were preserved, by their not being watered down.

The range of gin available today, with the range of tonic waters available, makes for nearly endless possibilities. We’ll continue to stock the best, and we’ll also be busy doing research all winter for a new gin and tonic night in 2019.