Some have said white wine, beer or even spirits is just about as healthy as red wine in moderate doses. Now along comes a beer expert saying the sudsy stuff is healthier than red wine. The gentleman making these claims is Charlie Bamforth, Professor of Brewing Science at UC Davis (I know, a great job or what). He's written books and filmed documentaries on beer. He likes to stir up the wine folks at UC Davis, home of the premier wine program in the U.S. It's grapes vs. grains for Charlie. He's known as "the pope of foam" around campus.
|Professor Bamforth, hard at work|
image from ucdavismagazine.ucdavis.edu
Once he lightly scolded, Ken Grossman, founder of nearby Sierra Nevada Brewing, for making his famous Pale Ale too hoppy and not in the English tradition. Ken replied, "Well, I started in a small warehouse in 1980 with the Pale Ale and now we're making one million barrels a year." The prof replied, "Point taken."
You can read more about Charlie's pitch for beer from NPR here.