Everything you wanted to know about beer (including if it is true that milk). Guide to the service and to perfect pairings

by Thursday, May 7, 2015

The combinations, tricks for a perfect service. nutritional data and myths to dispel. Assobirra has disclosed a series of very interesting information. Including infographics you see above.


As a basic rule, lighter beers combine well and blondes with green vegetables, particularly those in leaves, and with the raw, While the most soft and round, Maybe redheads, marry better bakes and sauces, like risotto, soups and velvety. The sweetest, Finally, allow you to experience the unexplored possibilities in the world of fruit.

In the case of raw vegetables, as salads or pinzimonio, serve alone or simply dressed with oil and salt or a very light vinaigrette, the choice could fall on non-alcoholic beers (perfect with green beans and cauliflower to the countryside or caprese salad), most scented or Blanche. In case you start to use sauces (for example in salads with mayonnaise, fresh cheese and fruit secca) You can opt for the Lager or Pils lighter.

The most consumed beer types (Lager and Pilsner), they are also the most versatile season table: the Lager is perfect with the vegetables cooked in casserole or baked, But even with summer vegetables as Eggplant, Zucchini or Peppers (Why not, cooked together in a ratatouille).

If you are dealing with iron vegetables, as artichokes, Asparagus, Spinach and Barbe by Friar, then love marriage should be researched in more accentuated hop and more bitter pilsener, excellent also for degreasing Fried, they are battered or vegetables deep fried vegetables "au naturel".

Between tastings and hors d'oeuvres, The Lager caresses the scents of a field omelette with aromatic herbs. While with stronger flavors and fragrant rustic pie as erbazzone or Escarole pizza, the best beer is to be found among those of wheat. Blanche has a softness that takes over the base of the pizza and a spicing that completes the scents of condiment.

Spring is also the season for bump, along paths and hedges of Piedmont, Lombardy and Veneto, in plants of Wild hops: its inflorescences (calls luvertin, luertis or Hop sprouts Depending on the territory), I'm a perfect ingredient for omelettes, cooked salads and risotto. To match, of course such a clear structured fine.

First as a pasta al pesto or sauteed vegetables dishes need rather than a component that contrasts the seasoning. The is located in a PILS NET or character in a Bock, better for Risotto.

The fruit can suggest combinations with some Ale, especially those lightly Hoppy and sweet, accompanying fine pies with jam or cream and fresh fruit.

Not to mention that, passing from glass to the plate, beer can also be used, just like wine, to marinate, blend or stir the ingredients. The classic trick is to make it lighter and crispy batter.

And if the weather calls for a grill en plein air? For how many (55%) love to drink beer "in celebrations and grilling with friends", Suffice it to know that the embers, by land or by sea, "call" the structure and the malt of Bock: ideal with the skewers of meat mixed with fish, crustaceans and molluscs on the grill.



It is not true that the swollen beer, just know how to pour properly to develop the foam. Discover why without the foam there is taste, There is no class ... and how to get the proverbial "2 fingers".

Less carbon dioxide. And beer do not inflate. If you are paid correctly and its foam is very compact and high at least 2 fingers, the beer is good and not bloated. So there is less carbon dioxide and then the right amount of bubbles. In spite of the widespread cliché that beer because of the bubbles is a drink "carbonated" that causes a feeling of swelling.

Protects. The foam is the natural filter that protects the beer against oxidation, maintains healthy flavors and fragrances, increasing the pleasantness and making it more digestible and good.

Exalts the taste. Through the foam are dosed, with elegance and gradualism, the aromas of hops and malt. The taste of the foam, more bitter than beer, enhances its distinctive flavor, increasing the pleasantness.

And if there is no foam? His absence or non-persistence can mean that the beer was poured to a wrong temperature (too hot or too cold) or in a glass does not perfectly clean or not wet with cold water. In other words, the foam is the first clue to find out whether the beer was served correctly.

3 moves to get the proverbial "2 fingers" of foam

1.Glass – Is material better suited to serve beer: with its inertia, is able to enhance the color, leaving intact the fragrance and flavor. The glass, washed and rinsed, It should be wet with cold water before pouring the beer. Lowers the temperature closer to the beer, that will flow better along the walls of the glass and help the formation of foam.

2. Gesture – Tasting a beer also lives of gestures. And times. To fully perceive the taste of the beer from the first to the last SIP, In fact, We must begin to pour it slowly, taking the glass slightly slanted up to fill it for three quarters and then straighten it. Once straightened the glass we pour beer faster, to develop the right amount of foam.

3. Temperature – Dispelling a myth: beer should not be frozen drink! A beer too cold will lose much of its aromatic bouquet and a little persistent foam. For the classic Lager, the temperature varies from 3° C to 6° C, climbing gradually increases the alcohol content.


It will be because of those bubbles, that much like, you know, especially the kind sex. It will be for that nice bit of bitter, What characterizes the taste. Or for that mix of lightness and low alcohol content. But in a glass of beer 0,20 l (the classic "small plug", the format more consumed by 18-35 years old) There are many other properties and components which make it the perfect size for women. We discover what… Recalling that all the positive aspects of beer cannot prescind from its moderate consumption, aware and responsible.


  1. only 68 kcal, less of juice

Dispelling a myth: beer doesn't get fat: 0,20 l of beer corresponds to a modest caloric value: about 68 kcal, less than those contained in a similar amount of fruit juice or a glass of wine, white or red, by 0,125 l. A glass of beer to accompany your meal is perfect. The right recipe for not getting fat is still to follow a balanced diet, that may provide, If liked, a moderate consumption of alcohol, accompanying it with a steady daily exercise.


  1. simple and natural, like hotcakes

Beer is a natural beverage, no preservatives or dyes, prepared according to an ancient recipe and simple based on 4 basic ingredients, the same bread: water, cereals and yeast. AND, In addition, hops, that gives the characteristic bitter tone.

3. contains more than 90% of water

Its main component is water. In 0,20 l of beer there are 187 ml water, the 93% of the total volume. This strong aqueous component and the presence of mineral salts It is so pleasant to drink when you are thirsty.

4. less water retention, Thanks to potassium

The water used to produce beer It is a good source of minerals, especially potassium (70 mg in 0,20 l), that helps balance the amount of sodium in the diet and helps to prevent the retention, so frequent in women.

5. strong bones thanks to Silicon

0,20 l of beer contain almost 70 mg Silicon, about 20% recommended daily dose. This mineral is able to make stronger bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis. And in beer lies in a form easily assimilated from the bones and increases form and resistance.

7. contains anti-aging antioxidants

Even beer, like wine, contains polyphenols from the precious antioxidant, as those present in vegetables, in fruit or green tea. A food rich in polyphenols contributes, as part of a balanced diet and healthy, to slow down the aging processes of the entire organism, promoting the welfare. In particular the xanthohumol, contained in hops used to flavor beer, has been shown to have anticancer properties of interest that the experimental scientific research is gradually deepening.

8. the b vitamins, help skin hair and nails

Dissolved or suspended in a glass of beer, In addition, There are small quantities of nutrients and other substances to which science today recognizes a protective effect on health.

Malt, hops and yeast are a source of free amino acids, minerals and vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B9, B12 and niacin) also useful for skin health, nails and hair.


Energy kcal 68
Water G 187
Proteins G 0,4
Lipids G 0
Carbohydrates G 7
Alcohol G 5,6


Iron tracks  
Football 2 mg
Sodium 20 mg
Potassium 70 mg
Phosphorus 56 mg



Vit. B1 Tracks  
Vit. B2 60 mcg
Vit. B6 20 mcg
Niacin 1,8 mg
Folate 8 mcg
Vit. (C) 2 mg

Source: Food composition tables INRAN

THE ADVICE OF NUTRITIONIST. Two questions to the nutritionist Elisabetta Bernardi

And the popular saying "beer makes milk"?

In the past you recommended to moms who drink beer allattavano, because it was believed it could increase milk production. Today we know that beer not only increases milk production, but the period of pregnancy and lactation falls in those specific circumstances and stages of life where the safer choice is abstain from drinking alcohol. Even in light of the fact that science hasn't been able to identify the level of consumption below which you can drink without risk.


Beer get fat?

If we count the calories in glass, beer doesn't get fat. A "clear" small by 0,20 l corresponds to a modest caloric value, about 68kcal. Less than those contained in a similar amount of fruit juice or a glass of wine, white or red, by 0,125 l. It must be said that, in an absolute sense, There are no unhealthy foods or slimming products. And beer is no exception, Why is it necessary to take into account the amount typically consumed. But from this point of view the italiane hanno a consumer approach very "mature": are, in Europe, those who consume less beer ever (14 litres per capita) and almost always associating food. The 70% are meal consumption, at home or away, the 13% as an aperitif, frequently reinforced by food, and only the 17% as after dinner with friends. Even very small quantities are: the 43% Choose the small from 0,20 l (or even less), the 38% indicates the bottle from 0,33 l and only 19% the average (0,40 l). The right recipe for not getting fat is still to follow a balanced diet, that may provide a moderate and prudent consumption of alcohol, accompanying it with a steady daily exercise. A glass of beer in meal there can be fine because it has, among other things, fewer calories than fruit juices or most sugary drinks that are routinely inserted into daily eating habits.



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