Month: December 2013

WURST Restaurant and Beer Hall in Calgary

WURST has reopened.  This authentic German beer hall has reopened after being damaged and closed from the flooding last June.  Get out of the cold and enjoy a beer made in accordance with the “German Beer Purity Law”.  (No additives and such.)  And good wholesome comfort food.  

WURST Restaurant and Beer Hall


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Freedom of Speech

I don’t really understand why someone would get fired for having an opinion.  The USA and Canada both have freedom of speech as part of their basic freedoms.  And this is as it should be.  But recently some TV personality was fired, let go or some such – I didn’t read what exactly happened, other than he made some comment that the owners of the TV show were in disagreement with(apparently an un-politically correct statement) so they fired him.  I saw today another instance where a woman made a joke on Twitter that was in poor taste and got fired for it. This comment/joke had nothing to do with her job; it did not represent the company she worked for.

So, if I have an opinion that is different than yours about something and you get upset about it, should my boss fire me?

If someone is an ass, don’t listen to him or her.  Don’t give the stupidity credence. But an ass or not that person does have the right to an opinion whether it is idiotic or not.  If he or she is making a statement as a representative of a company I can see that would be a different matter but as an individual, no.

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What’s in Your Beer?

More about Beer – and additives

It is not just beer any more.  It has been a long time since I was a fan of beer like Coors Light or Molson Golden.  I tend to like beer with more flavour though sometimes something lighter is desired.  Recently, I did some research as to what the major breweries mostly in North America put in beer.  Pretty scary.

There are numerous sites for research on this but recently (October 2013, I think) Food Babe (www.foodbabe.com)did a very comprehensive article covering most aspects of what is commonly used by major breweries.  Here is a list of what you will find in the beer you drink that is produced my the major breweries in the United States and Canada:

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
Propylene Glycol (that’s the stuff that kills your dog in anit-freeze)
Calcium Disodium EDTA 
Sulfites
“Natural Flavors”
High Fructose Corn Syrup
GMO Sugars – Dextrose, Corn Syrup
Caramel Coloring 
FD&C Blue 1 
FD&C Red 40 
FD&C Yellow 5 
(The three ‘colors’ above are all petroleum products.)
Insect-Based Dyes
Animal Based Clarifiers
Foam Control – glyceryl monostearate and pepsin
BPA (Bisphenol A is a component in many can liners and it may leach into the beer. BPA can mimic the female hormone estrogen and may affect sperm count, and other organ functions.)
Carrageenan 

Not quite up to ‘German Beer Purity Law’ that allows only certain ingredients.

I have friends that would not be able to drink beer as they would get headaches and feel bad the next morning even after one beer.  When these people tried a craft beer that had no additives they could enjoy a beer without feeling like crap the next day.  I’m quite certain that the reason that advertisements for beer encourage one to drink it ice cold is so that you can’t taste it. Historically, people drank beer warm.  (See: Warm Beer )

I remember one of the best advertisements I ever saw.  It was a picture outside of an old English pub: “Beer is not only a breakfast drink”.  Great marketing.

With most craft beer, one can drink it a bit warmer and there will be some taste and flavor that is appealing.  Not so with beer from the major breweries – to my experience anyway.  Warmed up or at room temperature they taste like crap.  Really, though, this is not about taste. It is about health.  Alcohol can be damaging all by itself.  One should be temperate in drinking.  That said, if you are going to drink, make sure it is not full of all kinds of crap that is even more damaging to your body.  I know many people that will be extremely careful about the food they eat: no GMOs, etc but then they will drink a cheap beer full of the above ingredients.

Over the last number of years most grocery stores carry more and more ‘natural’ foods because of the demand.  Personally, I don’t mind paying a little extra knowing my health is at stake.  And the same with beer.  If I am going to drink, spend for a craft beer or micro brew to support them.  Then, hopefully, two things will happen.  One, those prices will come down and two, major breweries will have to change their tune and produce something that is a little healthier.

Cheers!

Posted by Martin Jones in additives, beer, craft beer, micro brew, 0 comments

I Guess it is not all about me…

My son Spencer dresses very nicely.  He is 24; wears nice shirts and often a tie, vest or jacket.  He has been staying with us on and off for the last 6-8 months.  He is getting me to dress better.  Buying nice shirts etc.  I do kinda like it.  Not that I dressed like a slob but…

He told me something a friend said to him – something like: dressing nicely shows your respect for the other person – the one that you are visiting or with.

This is so true.  Goes along with good manners, I guess.  Shop around and you can look quite respectable without spending an arm and a leg.

Add to this aesthetics.  It make for a much more pleasant environment if people are at least trying to look good.

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