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The Beer Guy

Dave Richmond has combined his work with his love of beer for more than eight years with the Madrigrano families, and is now Global Brands Manager at Beer Capitol Distributing-Lake Country in Sussex. In his position, Dave is responsible for coordinating the marketing and merchandising programs for all the Global brands. The beer products featured in his blog are primarily those distributed but not limited to by Beer Capitol Distributing Lake Country.

Grab the Right Glass

Looking around on a night out, you'll notice people enjoying beer in a variety of oddly shaped glasses.  Some are short and wide; others are tall and slender.  Some may even have stems.

The reason for these different glasses is simple: depending on what kind of beer you're drinking, the glass shape can affect its aroma as well as how the head forms and sits, both of which ultimately affect the beer's flavor.  To get the maximum flavor from whatever beer you're drinking, use glassware that fits the style.  Here's a quick guide to grabbing the right glass.

Pints are the universal beer glass.   There are two main types: the 16-ounce and the 20- ounce "Imperial," which has a slight bulge near the top.   Use these for stouts, ales and porters. They're great for Bell's Expedition Stout or Anchor Steam Porter.

The tallest option is the wheat beer or weizen glass.  Obviously, this one is meant for wheat beers like Hacker-Pschorr Weisse or Paulaner Hefe Weiss.  Its tall shape provides room for the fluffy, thick head to cap off and trap the beer's aroma.

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Beer and Your Health

Well, we're nearing the end of the month, so I thought it would be fitting to check in on the most common New Year's resolution - the pledge to be more healthy - and how beer can help you keep that promise.  

Many of us have gone on diets, joined gyms and cut out unhealthy behaviors - but that doesn't mean you need to give up beer.  In fact, medical research has found that moderate beer consumption can improve health, ward off disease and increase brain activity.  New studies proving additional health benefits of consuming beer continue to emerge.  And that's news worth drinking to. Here are some recent findings

Hops for Heart Health
Last year, a team of doctors at Germany's Innsbruck Medical University found that beer offers anti-inflammatory effects that may reduce cardiovascular risk.  The authors note that "this might be connected with the calming effect of beer," and that beer promotes "the availability of the 'happiness hormone' serotonin."  Simply put, the happiness a pint or two brings us can have a "beneficial impact on coronary heart diseases."  A few especially hearty beers to try include Leinenkugel's Red, Bell's Brewery Amber Ale and Capital Brewery Maibock.

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Super Beers and Ideas for the Super Bowl

Hopefully by now, the pain of the Packers' loss to that team from New York has begun to subside and you can get on to more important things -- such as deciding what beer you'll be drinking for Super Bowl XLII.

While ice-cold Miller Lite is important to have on hand while watching any sporting event, here are some additional ideas.

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