Stopping Alcohol Consumption Could Cut Risk of Dementia

Oct 22, 15 Stopping Alcohol Consumption Could Cut Risk of Dementia

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Guidance from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence on how to protect against Dementia suggests that even drinking within the Government safe limits can increase the risk of Dementia. Research has found that one third of all Alzheimer’s disease cases can be linked to lifestyle factors, such as, obesity, smoking, drinking and exercise. Current Government advice suggest that women can drink two to three units of alcohol a day (one 175ml glass of wine) and men three units, without compromising their health. Middle-aged people should be warned there is “no safe level of alcohol consumption” and advised to curb drinking to reduce their risk of developing dementia, according to new official guidance. The warning is aimed at those aged 40-64 and comes as the Government reviews alcohol guidelines, which could be published later this year. In reaching its recommendations, Nice’s Public Health Advisory Committee was told “the overall message should be that there is no safe level of alcohol consumption”. Its report also suggested drinking alcohol regularly had become a social norm which should be “challenged”. Current official guidance states men should not exceed four units a day, while women can have up to three units. Figures from NICE show we are living longer than ever, and by 2025, almost a quarter of the UK population will be aged 65 and over. But the watchdog warned that these years are not always spent in good health. Professor John Britton, professor of epidemiology, University of Nottingham and Nice guideline development group chairman said: “It is well known that smoking, too much alcohol, inactivity and being overweight is bad for our health, but many people don’t realise that these things can also increase the likelihood of developing dementia and other causes of poor quality of life in older age. “The evidence we looked at suggested that people can prevent these outcomes by making simple changes in life — stopping smoking, cutting alcohol, being more active and losing weight,” he said. “Even small but regular...

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Guinness Launch Hop House 13 in the UK

Oct 20, 15 Guinness Launch Hop House 13 in the UK

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Diageo have taken the decision to launch their Hop House 13 lager in the UK today (20th October 2015). The fourth beer from The Brewers Project, coming after Dublin Porter, West Indies Porter and Golden Ale; Hop House 13 is Guinness’s attempt at creating a flavoursome lager. Following a successful launch in Ireland, the new lager is now available in selected Greene King and Stonegate outlets in the on-trade and through wholesale channels in the off-trade. Hop House 13 is a double hopped lager made with Guinness yeast, Irish barley and hops including Galaxy and Topaz from Australia and Mosaic from the USA. This great range of ingredients leads to the lager having a fruity aroma including apricot and peach. The full flavoured Hop House 13 is still crisp and hoppy – creating the perfect combination for any craft lager enthusiast. Hop House 13 is named after the 1900’s hop store building at the St James’ Gate Brewery where hops are still to this day stored for use. The long heritage of the name lends its hand to a lager that has done very well in a relatively short period of time. After launching in Ireland in earl 2015, Hop House 13 now accounts for 2.8% of the lager sold in Ireland. Head of Innovation for Guinness, Nick Curtis-Davis had stated that Hop House 13 is best suited for mainstream lager drinkers who are looking for beer with much more character and flavour. Have you tried Hop House 13 in Ireland and are excited for its launch in the UK or do you think Guinness should stick to their velvety smooth pints of stout? Let us know...

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Dartford Oktoberfest 2015 A Success

Oct 19, 15 Dartford Oktoberfest 2015 A Success

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Bavaria came to Dartford in Kent last weekend as Amar Hall, a function hall in the Town Centre, hosted their very own Oktoberfest. Advertised as Dartford Oktoberfest 2015, the event drew guests in from London, Kent and Essex as 100 thirsty revellers entered the doors. After the cancellation of OktoberFest London at Tabaco Dock, event organisers Amar Hall were not fazed by the lack of organisation at the Capital’s event and were determined to make their foot stomping Bavarian night a success Dartford Oktoberfest 2015 saw the ticket holders treated to steins of German lager, a crowd pleasing Oompah band and traditional Bratwurst sausages. When doors opened to Dartford Oktoberfest 2015 at 7.30pm, guests saw the walls and ceiling adorned with Bavarian and German bunting as well as flags ready to wave in appreciation to Oompah Band Papa Schnitzel. Party-goers could either purchase an entry only ticket or an all-cilusive variant which allowed them entry, unlimited steins and a bratwurst. Going through 10 kegs in one night, Amar Hall were filling their IL steins all night long and commented that everyone loved the evening. Event organiser Stephen Barrett on behalf of Amar Hall said ‘We thought it was fantastic and were over the moon to see that everyone who bought a ticket was enjoying themselves. Being the first Oktoberfest in Dartford, we feel we have set the mark high and cannot wait to put to work what we have learned this year into a bigger and better version next year!’ For more information and images for Dartford Oktoberfest 2015 or to enquire about any future Oktoberfest events in Kent, please get in contact with a member of Bar News...

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Brewdog Unveils Words Strongest Canned Beer

Oct 19, 15 Brewdog Unveils Words Strongest Canned Beer

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Since their inception in 2007 by two men and their dog, Brewdog have been no stranger to controversy as they have brewed some of the world’s strongest beers clocking in at over 40% ABV. They have also seen industry responsibility body, The Portman Group, scorn them – Brewdog retaliated with a rather sarcastic letter to the body. However, it seems Brewdog just aren’t finished raising the bar in what craft beer can be as they unveiled Black Eyed King IMP in a can. Coming in at 12.7% ABV, Brewdog claim it is the world’s strongest canned beer. James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog, said: “We love big beers, big flavours, and challenging people’s perceptions of beer.’ The barrel aged imperial stout is described as a ‘super intense and twistedly complex brew, with intense notes of sweet vanilla, rich espresso, smooth molasses and bitter chocolate barely contained by the metal wrapped around it.’ Jam filled with 7 different malts, Brewdog’s latest addition was barrel aged to give it the complex flavours and aromas the beer giants were looking for. Brewdog have created many high ABV beers in the past but one caught the attention of the media worldwide – The End of History. Clocking in at 55% ABV, the high alcohol content brew was packaged in taxidermy and sold for £700. Black Eyed King IMP cans are available from Brewdog’s website at a price of £9.50 and became available in all of their UK bars at 6pm onThursday 15th October 2015. For more information on Brewdog and their latest release of Black Eyed King IMP or to share your review on the Imperial Stout, please get in touch with Bar News...

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SABMiller agrees AB Inbev takeover deal of £68bn

Oct 13, 15 SABMiller agrees AB Inbev takeover deal of £68bn

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The world’s two biggest brewers, SABMiller and AB InBev, are set to merge as AB InBev have put forward an offer to buy the London based giants for $104bn (£68bn). The deal, which is in the top five in corporate history, will see that every one in three beers poured throughout the world will be owned by AB InBev. Although SABMiller had rejected previous takeover bids by the world’s biggest brewer, they have now reached an agreement ‘in principle’. London based SABMiller have stated that AB InBev are willing to pay £44 cash per share. The £44 a share value means the brewers of Stella and Budweiser value the brewers of Peroni and Millers at 50% more than its value on the 14th September. If all the shares were sold for that price it would value SABMiller at about £71bn but the £39.03 part-share alternative, devised for tax reasons, brings the valuation down to £68bn. InBev had until the 14th October to make a formal bid after 4 of their previous bids were turned down. SABMiller have asked for an extension to this deadline so the two brewing giants can work out terms – the new date set is the 28th October. SABMiller has negotiated a $3bn break fee payable by AB InBev if the deal falls through because of competition hurdles or opposition by AB InBev shareholders. If the deal does go ahead, AB InBev would have secured a long wanted target which would see them increase their operations in Africa where SABMiller already makes 28% of their turnover. SABMiller was set up in Johannesburg in 1895 and have a lot of infrastructure in the continent which AB InBev will look to utilise. The Chief Executive of AB InBev stated that the deal would be good for customers as the brewers would be able to provide their products in SABMiller strongholds such as Africa where they previously could not. What do you think of the deal? With SABMiller having just purchased Greenwich craft brewery...

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