Lines on ale

ABC News is reporting that Beer May Fight Disease. Studies are showing that the compound xanthohumol, which comes from hops, is found to inhibit cancer growth and to help wash out the bad mojo. Looks like I will be living long.

For me, the hoppier the ale, the better. Some of my faves include the Bombay Bomber IPA at Steelhead Brewery in Burlingame, the local Hoptown IPA from Pleasanton (available at The Hopyard pubs in San Ramon and Pleasanton), and a recently discovered ThunderHead IPA from Pyramid, available in bottles. Cascade, Chinook, Willamette, and Fuggles hops are my favorite hops varieties I’ve worked with in home brewing, but I really haven’t met any hops that I don’t like. I particularly like the hops that leave the bitters on the back of your tongue for hours after you imbibe. It ruins the palate for tasting anything later, but true hops aficionados care not.

Still, no one knows how much beer is needed to reap the benefits. Mice studies show that the compound is metabolized quickly by the body, so it’s hard to get a large amount in the body at one time, Stevens said.

I am absolutely certain that our best and brightest members of our universities all across North America are working on that very problem as we speak. Godspeed, lads.

And lastly, I’ll leave you, dear reader, with a poem from our most morbid of poets the legendary, Edgar Allan Poe:

Lines on Ale

Fill with mingled cream and amber,
I will drain that glass again.
Such hilarious visions clamber
Through the chamber of my brain –
Quaintest thoughts – queerist fancies
Come to life and fade away;
What care I how time advances?
I am drinking ale today.

2 thoughts on “Lines on ale”

  1. Oooooh – a fellow IPA fan. I LOVE IPA’s. I’m with you – the more hops the better.

    Alaska is home to some world class micro-brewers and Alaskans have a real taste for IPA’s. My favorite is the Moose’s Tooth Fairweather IPA, followed by the Midnight Sun Sockeye Red IPA.

    As I type, I’m in Seattle, home of Mack and Jack’s African Amber – which isn’t an amber at all. It’s much more akin to an IPA. The new ale in Seattle is “Manny’s Pale Ale” which is fabulously hoppy and extremely well made!

    Oh – and you are so right. If I’ve had an IPA, I cannot drink wine. My palate is completely shot. So, sometimes I have these agonizing conundrums – beer or wine?

  2. Everything from here in Northern California up to you guys in Alaska is just awesome brewing territory. We have the nice cool temperatures and awesome hops varieties. I love visiting Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver BC and trying out new local microbrews.

    I actually had my first taste of Pyramid ales at their pub across from Safeco Field when the park was still under construction!


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