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Friday, March 14, 2014


Dark McVader tossing down a dark one for St. Paddie's Day

BUSTING MYTHS ABOUT DARK CRAFT BEER-- Many people stray away from drinking beers such as stouts or black ales because of their dark color, but there is no reason to be scared of the dark—beer color is not an indicator of a beer's body, calorie content or alcohol level.

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Julia Herz, publisher of and craft beer program director at the Brewers Association debunks three myths surrounding darker-colored beer styles like porters, stouts and black ales including:

Myth 1: All dark beers are rich and heavy- Dark beer color comes from the barley and rising temperatures of heat. Color is not an indicator of weight or body of a beer.

Myth 2: Dark beers have more calories than paler beers- The toasting is the reason that the beer is darker. The color of the beer has nothing to do with the calories of the beer.

Myth 3: All dark beers are higher in alcohol- Many dark beers are the same alcohol level of paler beers. Color is not an indicator of alcohol levels of any beers, of any style.

So there. No reason to be afraid of the dark!

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