Pros and cons of Juice vs Beer

Let’s face it, if presented with a glass of fresh homemade juice and a bottle of beer, most people will quickly take the beer, and say “no, thanks” to the juice. Well, there is no denying that it’s almost close to impossible for one to choose a glass of juice over a beer but just what are the consequences? Well, it is important to note that both drinks have their pros and cons. This is why we will discuss both in details to help you go for a healthier option the next time you find yourself choosing between the two.

 

Pros of juice vs. beer

Juicing is easy on the digestive system while beer overworks your gut

Juices are a blessing to the human digestive system. Juicing breaks down fruits and veggies into a form that our bodies can easily digest and as such, a single glass of juice gives your body a shot of instant nutrition goodness while at the same time being easy on your digestive system.

On the other hand, even though beer aids in digestion by boosting the release of gastric acid from the stomach cells, your body takes about two hours to break down one pint of beer. This means your digestive system faces more difficulty in effectively digesting and absorbing beer than juice. Therefore, the more beer you take, the harder it is for your body to get rid of it resulting to digestive difficulties.

Juice keeps you hydrated while beer does the contrary

Hydration is an important aspect of human health. Fortunately taking a glass of fruit juice over a beer helps keep you not only hydrated but also gives you a burst of important nutrients. For instance, a glass of watermelon juice contains 92% water and also contains vital nutrients such as Vitamin A and C and minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.

On the other hand, beer does the complete opposite.  Biologically, beer reduces or inhibits the production of ADH meaning that your body loses more water than normal when you urinate. You also end up peeing more times than usual, resulting in dehydration which, if not dealt with can cause even more severe problems.  

A glass of juice contains nutrients, vitamins, and natural sugars. The same cannot be found in beers.

Making juice is easy when you have a juicer as you can mix different fruits and vegetables together thus enabling you to get more nutrients and vitamins. Additionally, juice usually contains natural sugars which boost your energy levels and are healthy. However, the same cannot be said for beer. The fact that it is processed from grain and made in a factory means that it contains high levels of unhealthy calories and added preservatives which do more harm than good to your health. A recommended list of juicer with reviews can be found here at this website.

Juice helps you lose weight while beer does the opposite

Besides helping you stay hydrated and keeping your gut in check, juices contain healthy sugars which help you get over sugar cravings thus staying away from junk foods that might lead to weight gain. Juices also prepare your body for a weight loss journey by flushing out toxins, thus enabling you to achieve weight loss more efficiently. Contrary to juice, beer usually results in hunger by lowering your inhibitions. This means, even when you were planning to control yourself, you might find yourself junking more, thus resulting in weight gain. This is why most people who take beer on a regular basis spot a beer belly.

Cons of juice vs. Beer

Beer is good for your teeth while juice is not

As surprising as it sounds, it is also true. According to a 2012 study published in the journal of bio medicine and biotechnology, the contents of beer help block the bacterial activity that causes dental diseases and tooth decay thus keeping your teeth healthy. On the other hand, the combination of acid and sugar in juice often results in a reduction in the hardness of your tooth’s enamel thus making your teeth weak. Additionally, this combination results to tooth decay.

Juice leads to extra costs and requires more preparation time while beer does not

Even though it is incredibly beneficial for your health, juicing leads to extra costs. To get enough juice, you often need to double or triple the amount of fruit ingredients which can be costly especially if you use organic fruits only.  Also, more fruit ingredients mean that you will spend more time rinsing and cutting up everything in preparation for juicing which can be a bit hectic. However, a bottle of beer is cheap than most organic fruits and it comes ready so no time wasted on preparation.

Conclusion

When you consider the benefits you get from taking a single glass of juice to a beer, then all the work and the extra costs are worthwhile. Besides, you should not place a price tag on your health as it is much better to spend more on fruits rather than on medical bills. To sum it up, no matter how odd this might sound, a glass of juice is better than a bottle of beer.

Worthy Brewing’s Grand Opening!

Worthy Brewing knows how to throw a party! In their expansive brewhouse, designed by brewmaster Chad Kennedy, they set up a full stage and live music, a photo booth, face painting for the kiddos, plus knowledgeable staff in more than enough beer stations providing specially released Worthy Saison, two firkins: a one-off Amarillo dry hopped ESP and the Pilot Butte Bitter, as well as their Lights Out Stout, Go Time Xtra Pale Ale, and the Worthy Imperial IPA, among other delicious offerings. Outside in the drizzle that only April can bring, executive chef Mike Harrison kept his eye on a local pig roasting on a spit. Never mind the rain, the party had it all, including a special tribute to Hop Dr. Al Haunold* and as Roger Worthington, Worthy Brewing Owner, put it, his legacy is in every beer we taste, with every sip that passes our lips. Dr. Al Hanuold spoke briefly but passionately. Working with sub par hops in 1945 led him to proclaim, “I will not stand for this!” That is when he realized his purpose in life was to breed the greatest hops in the world. In honor of all that Dr. Al Haunold has done for hop breeding, the on-site Hop House at Worthy Brewing is dedicated to him. It was a great evening to honor Dr. Al Haunold but also revel in a brewery that seems to have a knack for going the extra mile for its guests. This is obvious in their attention to detail, quality, and service–and this is only the first of many parties to come!

Cheers to Worthy Brewing and congratulations on your grand opening!

*Dr. Al Hanold was the leading hop scientist for the USDA’s hop breeding program from 1965 to 1995. Source: http://inhoppursuit.blogspot.com/2010/01/first-of-series-us-hopmeister-in-chief.html

Good Life Brewing Celebrates First Anniversary

Good Life Brewery has a lot to celebrate these days. Just a week after the bottle release of the wildly popular “Descender IPA,” Good Life raised their glasses again to their first year in business. The Bend, Oregon brewery has enjoyed a huge amount of success in their first year, winning both the 2012 People’s Choice Award for “Descender IPA” as well as “Mountain Rescue Dry Hop Pale Ale” in 2011. However, these awards pale in comparison to the outpouring of loyal craft beer lovers that just can’t seem to get enough of Good Life brews. Good Life works hard to involve the local community with Thursday night “Local’s Nights” as well as featuring a menu that includes the Best of Bend to add a local flair. It’s been a whirlwind first year, but we think it’s safe to say that we can expect only good things from Good Life. Cheers to one year, Good Life!

Check out the photos posted above from Good Life’s birthday bash and find out more about the brewery here.

Bend, Oregon’s Newest Brewery

Bend, Oregon. In what could be described as the dead center of town (50 S.W. Division St., just off of Hwy 97) is where Larry Sidor, Dave Wilson, and Paul Evers of Bend’s latest brewing operation, Crux Fermentation Project, opened their doors on June 30. Pulling into the parking lot, the excitement was palpable, and that feeling followed me all the way inside the brewery. The interior, an aesthetic wonderland with exposed wood beams, concrete flooring, and a polished copper brewing system was buzzing with the heightened chatter of community locals. If you so much as kind of like beer you’ll appreciate the artisan craft that encompasses this former auto parts shop. As part of a Pre-Opening Celebration it was a TMTT (too many to thank) situation. Immense gratitude was expressed by each of the partners and a few in the crowd were brought to tears. Beer, for the most part, wasn’t the focus of the day, but instead, the conversation revolved around the people who enabled the former Aamco station to become a brewery by purpose, and as Jodie Barram, Bend’s Mayor Pro Tem, mentioned, the crux of this town. The crowd of countless hands that hammered nails and provided creative insight was incredibly loyal and proud. With features like reclaimed wood from an 100 year old house in Terrabone, Crux Fermentation Project is truly a product of its community. There are crafted delights in every corner, and with so much attention to detail put into every once of space between the four walls that support the roof, you can be sure the beer will be equally as crowd-pleasing.

Kate Mitchell for Beer West

For more information on Crux Fermentation Project, visit cruxfermentation.com