Beers which you should and shouldn’t be drinking

There are more than 7,000 beer breweries in the United States, so chances are that when you head to your local spirits shop or grocery store, you’re confronted with an embarrassment of options. But how does one choose which six-pack is most worthy of their precious fridge space? It’s not easy.

It’s not too surprising that there are so many varieties to choose from. We have evidence that humans have enjoyed beer since about 3400 B.C., and the first written instructions for making beer were recorded by the Sumerians in 1800 B.C. That’s a lot of time to try a lot of different recipes.

That doesn’t mean that we’ve perfected the art form of creating the perfect brew, though. Just as important as knowing which beers to try is knowing which you shouldn’t buy. This guide can help you learn more about beer and discover new lagers and ales you’ll love, from classic IPAs to green-tea infused brews. It will also spare you from those disappointing moments when your first sip brings a frown instead of a smile, or (even worse) a look of derision from your liquor store clerk.

Here is a list of beers that you should drink :

1. Allagash White Ale

If you want to start exploring craft beer but aren’t sure where to start, Allagash White Ale is a good bet. When the Maine-based Allagash first came out with their white ale, it was one of the few Belgian-style cloudy ales being brewed in the states. Now, Allagash serves as the perfect stepping stone for those who like beers like Blue Moon and Shock Top, but who want to start exploring the wider world of white ales. Allagash White has been ranked as one of the best American wheat ales in the country, and it’s easy to see why. The beer is a little cloudy, a little malty; it has notes of mouth-puckering citrus and Curaçao orange peel, but never tastes too sour; and it has a warm spice profile thanks to the addition of coriander.

2. Smuttynose Finestkind IPA

Smuttynose Finestkind IPA is a classic New England-style IPA that primarily uses Simcoe, Santiams, and Amarillo hops for a balance of citrus and bitter flavors that make this style of beer so distinct. Finestkind is unfiltered and hazy, which is also classic for east coast IPAs. The body of the beer is refreshing and light, which helps to keep the intense hoppy bitterness from overwhelming the other tastes and aromas in the glass.

3. Harlem Brewing Company Sugar Hill Golden Ale

Sugar Hill Golden Ale, named after a neighborhood in New York made famous by musicians during the Harlem Renaissance, is the flagship brew of the Harlem Brewing Company. When brewer and company owner Celeste Beatty first moved to Harlem, she became involved in community gardening, and that’s when she fell in love with growing hops. When she combined her newfound interest with an existing passion for cooking with beer and wine, Harlem Brewing Company (HBC) was born — the first African-American owned brewery in the country.

Beers which you shouldn’t drink :

1. Ballast Point Fruit Beers

There is such thing as too much of a good thing, and while Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA is a reliable classic, the brand itself has suffered since being bought by Constellation Brands in 2015. That’s unfortunate for the new owners, who purchased Ballast Point for a whopping $1 billion. One of the problems is that, instead of sticking to their roots as an innovative IPA-maker and shifting to more East Coast-IPAs like a lot of their competitors, the brewery hopped on the fruit beer trend, damaging their reputation among beer-lovers in the process. That’s because, frankly, a lot of their fruit beers aren’t any good (the Watermelon Dorado and Mango Even Keel come to mind).

2. Blue Moon

If you started drinking Blue Moon as a nice alternative to the ubiquitous Bud Light, you’re not alone. It turns out a lot of people use Blue Moon as a gateway into the world of better beer. And while Blue Moon itself isn’t bad per se, it’s also not one of the most interesting beers on the market. Blue Moon has also come under fire in the beer community for misleading consumers about whether or not it is, in fact, a craft beer. Though owned by MillerCoors, the company has marketed itself as craft and even won a lawsuit saying it was okay to present its beer as a craft brew. The Brewers Associate doesn’t agree, which has caused some bad blood in the industry, and we’d rather not have our beer caught up in all this drama.

3. Bud Light

Bud Light is the most popular beer in America, and we’re not denying that there are a time and place to crack one open. It’s a fine beach beer (a little sand won’t ruin a beer of this quality), and it’s certainly thirst-quenching on sweaty summer nights at the bar.

Health Benefits of Drinking Beer

I am sure that you probably drink beer to have a great time with your friends, spurring some of your greatest stories or just to bring out the dancer in you. However, the science gods have now spoken and it has been proved that drinking beer in moderation is actually good for your health.

How much does moderation drinking entail?

Even though there is an exact amount of alcohol which is allowed, it also depends on a person’s tolerance level and physical makeup. But according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, having a moderate drink means one drink per day for a man and up to two drinks per day for women.


Below are some facts about why you should not feel bad when you crack open a cold beer after a long stressful day :

1. Beer is good for the heart


According to several studies which have been conducted it has been proved that the consumption of beer could reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. It is all because beer has a thinning effect on blood and it reduces the chances of clot-forming which can cause a blockage in the coronary artery. It also reduces the risk of inflammation which can cause atherosclerosis.

2. Beer helps in losing weight

According to a study conducted by Oregon State University, there is a chemical called xanthohumol in beer which helps when you are trying to shed those extra pounds and control your cholesterol levels.

3. Beer improves cholesterol level

We all need some lipoprotein which is the good type of cholesterol in our bodies as they help to prevent plaque buildup in the arteries. Beer also has high amounts of fiber which helps reduce the levels of LDL cholesterol which is the bad type of cholesterol.

4. Beer promotes better bowel movement

One bottle of beer contains around 20 percent of the fiber which your body needs for a better bowel movement every day. It benefits a lot for people who suffer from constipation.

5. Beer decreases the risk of cancer

There is an antioxidant called xanthohumol which helps the prevention of cancer as it also contains polyphenols which play a major role during the treatment of cancer patients.

6. Beer boosts mental health

Studies have proved that having beer can protect your brain against neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Drinking beer also increases your dopamine level in your brain which makes you feel more relaxed and calm.

7. Beer helps in improving eyesight

According to the University of Western Ontario, a beer a day minimize people’s chance of developing a cataract as it contains enzymes and antioxidants which protect the eyes by preventing mitochondrial damage.

8. Beer reduces the risk of diabetes

A study done by Harvard has found out that people who drink beer regularly have fewer chances of developing type-2 diabetes.

9. Beer reduces the risk of developing kidney stones

Water is the most powerful tool for the prevention of kidney stones and having a beer is a great idea to prevent these stones from forming as 90 percent of beer is water. Beer also contains potassium and magnesium which help to prevent the development of kidney stones. Having a bottle of beer every day can reduce the risk by 40 percent.

10. Beer helps in the development of healthier bones

If you didn’t know, let me tell you that beer is rich in dietary silicone which contributes to a higher bone density and it also minimizes the risk of osteoporosis.

11. Beer increases Vitamin B levels

A medical journal named The Lancet has mentioned that beer contains Vitamin B6 which is great for the prevention of heart disease as it keeps a check on the formation of homocysteine in the body.

12. Beer cures insomnia

For people who suffer from insomnia, beer contains Lactoflavin and nicotinic acid which can help to promote sleep. Have a beer and sleep soundly like a baby.

13. Beer has positive effects on the skin and hair

Beer contains a lot of vitamins which is beneficial for your skin as it reduces acne and adds a glow to the skin. Hops and malt found in beer also helps in promoting the healthy growth of hair.

14. Beer delays aging and promote longevity

Nowadays, no one really likes to look old however the good news is that Vitamin E which is found in beer acts like an antioxidant which helps to keep the skin healthy while slowing down the aging process.

15. Beer flushes out toxins from the body

Beer has precious diuretic properties which increase urination thus facilitating increased removal of toxins from the body.

16. Beer helps reduce stress

Two glasses of beer a day can reduce work-related stress or anxiety. However, too much alcohol consumption on a daily basis can do more harm than good.