Raise that glass of beer!

Beer Nut column
By: By Richard Bermudez Special to The News Messenger
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Beer is an acquired taste so don’t let anyone tell you what beers you should or shouldn’t like.

There are, however, a multitude of beer types and flavors, from light lagers to dark ales and I hope you will see me as a guide as you navigate the beer garden.

We live in a time where we have variety everywhere! It used to be that I would go to the market for a loaf of bread and come home with a loaf of bread. Now I stand before a whole wall of shelves in the supermarket stacked with a dizzying variety of bread!  There are whole wheat, half wheat, double fiber and no fiber breads. There is still the standard white bread but it is joined by dark bread, striped and polka dotted bread, sandwich and dinner bread not counting you breakfast rolls.

Beer has been called “liquid bread” because it is liquid carbohydrates from grains and we now have a great variety of beers.

So what makes a good beer?

Like everything in life, it is all about balance. The brewer is trying to achieve a balance between the sweetness of the sprouted, roasted grains which are the malts and the bitterness of the hops.

There are stylistic and seasonal factors that lead to the wide variety but the goal is always to create a delicious, satisfying beverage.

And healthy too.

In a report from the Oct. 15 issue of Bottom Line Personal newsletter, the dried hop blossoms used in brewing beer contain two substances that can help regulate blood sugar, lower cholesterol, boost weight loss, relieve pain and fight inflammation, according to Chris Meletis, the executive director of the Institute for Healthy Aging.

Older women could guard against osteoporosis by drinking a pint of ale a day. A new study from Professor Jonathan Powell, head of nutrition research at Cambridge University, has shown that ale is an ideal source of dietary silicon, which is crucial in the formation of new bone. (

So let’s raise a glass of beer for good health and cheers!

Richard Bermudez is a Lincoln resident. E-mail him at [