Saturday, December 03, 2005

Here are a couple of news items on beer that I found interesting. Maybe you will, too:

A group of British scientists determined that you can experience the "beer goggles" effect without drinking. "Beer goggles" is a slang term for a phenomenon in which one's consumption of alcohol makes physically unattractive people appear beautiful. "The beer goggles effect isn't solely dependent on how much alcohol a person consumes," said Professor Nathan Efron, Professor of Clinical Optometry at the University of Manchester.
"There are other influencing factors at play." Other factors that can make ugly people appear attractive include: the level of light in the bar; the drinker's eyesight; the smokiness of the room; and the distance between two people. An eyewear company funded the research.

Guinness received the inaugural Vegan Raspberry Award from the Vegan society.
The award is for products the society insists could be vegan, but aren't.
Like many beers, Guinness uses isinglass, a type of gelatin made from the swim bladders of fish, in the refining process. Other breweries, such as Samuel Smiths, produce stouts that are fish-free.

np Dr. John - Live at Montreux 1995

1 comment:

DC said...


It's been a long time, and a short period at that, where my love for real ale or the dark stuff overran my need to impress my strictly vegetarian girlfriend. I hope that Sam Smiths will be putting their gift pack out again this year. Their Oatmeal Stout almost trumps St Ambroise. Almost.