Myth: Dark beer is heavier and stronger in alcohol than lighter beer.
Truth: The color of the beer has no bearing on how much alcohol the final product has in it. The color of the malt used during the brewing process is what drives the color of the beer. Many dark beers "can" be much heavier and have a great deal of alcohol in it, but many dark beers can have less alcohol and calories than beer that is much lighter in color.
Guinness from a bottle has only 125 calories in it and 4.2% ABV
Flat 12 Milk Stout is 5.0% ABV
Yuengling Porter has 150 calories and is 4.5% ABV
Sierra Nevada pale ale has 175 calories and is 5.6% ABV
New Belgium Fat Tire 160 calories and is 5.2%ABV
Dog FishHead is 203 calories and 6% ABV
Bud Light has 110 calories and is also 4.2% ABV
Myth: Lagers = a Bud, Miller, or Coors product. "I don't like lagers."
Truth: People equate lagers with BMC's, but this is just silly. People are denying themselves some pretty amazing beers or they don't realize they are actually drinking a lager.
Styles that are Lagers:
Bock, Dopplebock, Oktoberfest, Rauchbier, California common, Eisbocks, and Vienna style are all types of lagers. Those couldn't be further from a BMC product.
Myth: Bud light just comes from the bottom of the barrel that regular Bud came from.
Truth: I'm not going to address this one. Where do people come up with this shit?
Myth: Adjuncts make a less quality beer. Rice should never be in your beer etc.....
Truth: Many of your favorite craft brewers use adjuncts all of the time. An adjunct isn't necessarily a bad thing. Adjuncts can be broken down into starch adjuncts that would include rice, corn, wheat, oats, and rye. Other adjuncts can include flavorings that included nutmeg, orange and lemon peels, clove, ginger, spruce, fruits and plenty of other things are adjuncts.
Myth: Small beer is boring beer or not as good as extreme beer.
Truth: Session or "small" beer needs to be one of the things on people's radar. Lower alcohol beer that is packed with flavor can be just as amazing as extreme beer. The rapidly escalating price of craft beer also makes session beer more attractive for when you want more than a few beers.
Myth: For the love of all that is Holy, Ben Franklin did not say: "Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy."
Truth: This is the actual quote:"Behold the rain which descends from the heaven upon vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and Loves to see us happy." He was talking about wine, not beer.
Myth:Beer should be served from a frosted glass.
Truth: People put a box of Arm & Hammer to get rid of odors in the fridge. You don't want that in your beer, and more importantly is that water is being added to your beer. It may not be much, but the cold glass and extra water will take away from the beer drinking experience.
Myth: Beer needs to be served as close to freezing as possible.
Truth: I really don't like this one, but it is truth that advertising works on people. Many beers should be consumed between about 40 and 55 degrees. The reason BMC want you to drink their beer as cold as possible is because it takes away any possible flavor and inhibits your taste buds at colder temperatures. BMC beers will get nastier the warmer they get and most craft beer will exhibit new flavors the higher the temperature.
Myth: Cask ale is flat and served warm. "I know, my buddy went to England 10 years ago, and that is what he told me."
Truth: Cask ale should never be flat and should be served chilled, not warm. I am not sure how this myth still persists even among hard core beer geeks, but I almost always hear this about 100 times when I work the cask tents at Winterfest and Summerfest.
What else am I missing?
What else am I missing?