You may have noticed that we have more than one beer event or festival around here, with Northern California being considered by many to be the birthplace of craft beer. In fact, a fun quiz might be to name all of the local craft beers. Start studying! Find a good cheat sheet here: Bay Area Brewery Map and List.
Did you just get back from Beer Camp? Or are you toasting and cheering the San Francisco Giants at Anchor Brewing at The Yard, a pop-up shipping container village at Mission Rock? If you missed Beer Camp in San Francisco and/or are looking for more hops and barley-centric events to keep your August busy, Anchor Brewing Company is celebrating Drink Steam Week August 14th through the 21st, so declared by the mayor of San Francisco in 2015. There is also the 5th Annual Bay Area Brew Festival Saturday, August 27th for those craving a sampling of local and international brews at Pier 35, in San Francisco.
Discover all the local breweries in the 46.9 square miles of San Francisco here. Are you road tripping? There is a Brewery Passport app that helps you find local breweries across the U.S. and Canada. Some states have printed, collectible, Brewery Passports, like Montana. Using common sense, moderation, and having a designated driver, one could enjoyably travel the U.S. and Canada, visiting local breweries.
The media reports a back-and-forth of the latest studies on possible health benefits and potential health dangers of many folks’ favorite adult beverages — beer and wine. Recently, researchers at the University of California at Davis found that IPA (Indian Pale Ale) beers might be especially high in silicon which is great for building bone mineral density.
So, does beer really contain B Vitamins? Yes, it does! Beer has mostly B3 (also known as Niacin), along with B6, B5 (Pantothenic Acid) and micronutrients of other B Vitamins, such as Vitamin B12, as well as minerals such as magnesium, selenium, potassium and silicon. But — and this is an important, health fact “But”— the alcohol in beer actually ends up canceling the B Vitamins by interfering with your body’s absorption of those, very necessary B Vitamins, such as Vitamin B12.
Even moderate drinking of alcohol (no more than 2 drinks daily for men, 1 drink daily for women) can cause lower levels of Vitamin B12 in the body’s four main types of tissue: muscle, epithelial (skin), connective and nervous.
So enjoy August’s opportunities for tasting and imbibing great brews, but don’t forget to visit Got Vitamin B12 Happy Hours for your much needed, replenishing B12 boost and Happy Hour Menu.
All the best,
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