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by Jeannette E. Warnert
on August 16, 2010 at 7:08 AM
What does the professor think about non-alcoholic beer?
by Charlie Bamforth
on August 16, 2010 at 9:02 AM
They make me appreciate "real" beers all the more! Seriously, though: the answer is "it depends on the context of the question". Do they have any nutritional value? Yes - although of course they lack the alcohol that counters atherosclerosis. However I fervently believe that the decision process regarding a beer purchase should be on the basis "does it taste good?" and not on any health grounds. And, to me, non-alcoholic beers do not taste good. So if I wish to avoid alcohol - when driving for instance - then I will choose a drink that is supposed to be non-alcoholic, such as a juice, or cola, or coffee (caffeinated, naturally!).
by Craigk
on October 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM
Professor Bamforth defends non-alcoholic beer's place in the world but also tells us what he really thinks about it in his excellent book, _Beer is Proof God Loves Us_. He likens experiencing nearbeer to having an inflatable lover. Very Funny!
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