Monthly Archives: August 2013

Two Brothers Brewing Monarch White Beer

Two Brothers Monarch

Two Brothers Monarch

An anniversary beer for Two Brothers, and in limited production, if you want to try Monarch White Beer, you’ll have to pounce when you see it!

Very pale yellow color. Cloudy, as it should be. Delightful aroma of lemon, orange, and coriander. Flavor is not quite as citrusy as the aroma. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear there is some smoke going on here. It’s a little different than most witbiers. More focus on the wheat and oats than it is the coriander and orange peel. Those are there, but subtle.

I like it. Good balance, good taste, enough twist on the style to make it unique.

Grade: B

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Hangover-Free Beer?


Nutrition researchers at the Griffith Health Institute (GHI) have found that it’s possible to improve the hydrating effects of beer, without killing off its taste. Therefore people who enjoy a cold one at the end of a hard day’s labour won’t be at risk of dehydration.

While beer has long been known to contain positive nutrients resulting from its plant origins and fermentation process, the alcohol content means it goes out faster than water, which increases dehydration and its obvious neurological effects.

The consumption of alcohol by people who are dehydrated is also known to increase the likelihood of risky behaviour.

Associate Professor Ben Desbrow from GHI’s Centre for Health Practice Innovation has been looking at improving the health qualities of beer by combing electrolytes and reducing alcohol to find if hydration can be improved. He says that the answer is yes, by a substantial margin.

“We basically manipulated the electrolyte levels of two commercial beers, one regular strength and one light beer and gave it to research subjects who’d just lost a significant amount of sweat by exercising. We then used several measures to monitor the participant’s fluid recovery to the different beers,” he says.

“Of the four different beers the subjects consumed, our augmented light beer was by far the most well retained by the body, meaning it was the most effective at rehydrating the subjects.”

The ‘improved’ light beer was actually a third more effective at hydrating a person than normal beer.

I support this research! Although, the hangover does serve as a reminder that you’ve been an idiot. Double-edged sword.

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Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Dogfish Head Festina PecheOne thing Dogfish Head will never be accused of is making bland, common beers. Festina Peche is definitely an example of that.

The color is light and clear. Almost looks like a macro lager. The aroma, however, is all peach. It’s much more sour and tart than expected, but there is loads of peach flavor. After things mellow, the wheat malt comes through. Not much else going on.

This is one that will be very polarizing. Love or hate, very little middle ground. Lots of peach, but too much tartness to be a refreshing summer beer.


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