Even if I don't necessarily like the beer, I find beer commercials can be funny and creative.

I saw an email claiming to have the most EPIC beer commercial ever and thought about putting up a few of my favorites.

Do you think that ads like these make people buy beer? Or are they just for fun and to keep the name alive and only indirectly impacting sales?

There's nothing like a cold beer. In this episode we talk about:

00:14 — What I am drinking

03:56 —  Alcohol taxes, do they work?

06:53 — Beer for bone health, drink up!

This is the all-grain version of my award winning chocolate porter recipe. This is not a difficult recipe for anyone doing all-grain brewing, but it does take some care when choosing the proper chocolate.

I used bakers chocolate for this since I didn’t really want the extra sugar. Just be careful that the chocolate doesn’t have wax or other fillers. You can also use cocoa powder that is unsweetened, but again, make sure of your ingredients.

This is a robust porter that I added chocolate to. If you love chocolate flavors in your beer, this is a great beer for you.

In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, the folks at Widmer Brothers Brewery, based in Portland, Oregon, have created “Omission.” Omission is a gluten-free beer brand that is mainly for people who, due to the Celiac Disease, can’t drink normal beer.

There's nothing like a cold beer. In this episode we talk about:

01:14 — What I am drinking

03:00 — The NFL and beer

04:13 — Freakin Bucket list beers

There's nothing like a cold beer. In this episode we talk about:

01:20 — What I am drinking

05:20 — Beware of the last bottle of beer

06:50 — SABMiller in Africa

09:10 — The nanny state goes wild

11:41 — Sydney beer festival

14:54 — Barley and malting

14:54 — Your questions answered

Welcome to another edition of Ask The Beer Guy. This is your host Jon Griffin, “The Beer Drinking Professor.”

There's nothing like a cold beer. In this inaugural episode we talk about:

01:35 — What I am drinking

03:18 — Beware of pruno

05:17 — Beer consumption around the world

07:07 — Oxford Companion to Beer

09:29 — Christmas beers

10:32 — The cost of beer

11:33 — A lesson on what beer really is.

Welcome to another edition of Ask The Beer Guy. This is your host Jon Griffin, “The Beer Drinking Professor.”

It is getting to be the time of year when the seasons are changing (at least for those of you not in Las Vegas where it is 95° F here today). That means it is time to think of brewing your Christmas beer. You can call it holiday beer if you like. I am using the traditional English name since people recognize that.

I have brewed many a Christmas style beer and some have been unbeleiveable and others not quite so stellar.  When I owned my homebrew store, I also tasted many beers and most had the same issues.

An interesting article in The Economist, in honor of Oktoberfest, used data from UBS (the Swiss bank) to compare the cost of a beer around the world.

Before you get all excited and think this is a direct comparison, it isn't. It is a comparison of how many hours a worker earning the median income has to work to buy a half liter of beer.

If you are like me, life is hectic and sometimes it is hard to sleep. Well, drink a beer. There is more evidence that beer is healthy. I know that is a relief for many of you!

A study  in PLoS ONE (2012) did a study on the effects of non-alcoholic beer in female nurses. They wanted to know how it affected  their sleep. Specifically, they wanted to see if hops helped to regulate sleep better.

It ends up that hops help regulate sleep patterns, especially when taken with valerian (Valeriana officinalis). That is one case where drinking beer with your medicine is a good thing.

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