Beer Will Keep You Skinny and Strong.

Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federal in Switzerland discovered that the molecule Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) that is found in Milk is also present in beer. In Milk, this molecule has been shown to help improve muscle strength, fight obesity and lengthen lifespan. Conducting experiments on mice, they discovered that the mice fed high-fat diets gained 60% less weight when also given NR supplements. The mice without the supplements also developed diabetes while very few of them on the supplements did.

So I guess that refutes the whole beer belly thing! Probably not. The researchers are unsure how much of this molecule is present in milk or beer. Chances are, if you drink enough beer, you will get nice and plump. But this is just another example of the healthy properties of drinking beer in moderation.

Beer Vending Machine Requires Body Check

While the idea of this Salta brand beer vending machine was for Argentina Rugby players to tackle it, it looks more like a body check for us Canadians. I really like the concept. I think I just like the concept of a beer vending machine. The “pussy” meter is honestly a nice touch.

The machine was created by the Ogilvy agency for Cerveza Salta in Argentina. The machine is padded on both sides and the only way to get a beer is for a hard tackle or body check. I wonder how sturdy it is and how easy it is to tip over. I also feel sorry for the beer getting shaken around in there.

Beer Festival After Parties

At 9:00pm every day during the Beer Festival there will be different after parties at various brewpubs. If you want to continue the tasting and party you should go check one of these out.

Wednesday June 6th

Collaborations evening at Dieu du Ciel

@ Brasserie artisanale Dieu du Ciel! 29, Laurier West.
They are offering a special series of beers designed and brewed in collaboration with brewer friends from around the world as well as special Dieu du Ciel beers.

Thursday June 7th

Brew Pub Brouhaha’s 4th Aniversary

@ Brew Pub Brouhaha, 5860, de Lorimier Av
They will be offering a large list of house beers including Quebec and imported Grand crus. As well as appetizers from their smokers will be offered.

Friday June 8th

Funky Bitter Night at Cheval Blanc

@ Cheval Blanc, 809 Ontario Street East
There will be aged beers (Imperial Russion Stout Bourbon 2011, Vielle Brute 2011), several brett beers (Triple Cheval Brett) and a few other bitter beers (Petite Saison, Citra IPA, Falconer’s Flight IPA). With a surprise private importation beer list and Grand crus from other Quebec breweries.

Friday June 8th

7 gluten free beers to taste

Resto-bar Zero8, 1795 Saint Denis
$0.80 cent tasters or $4 bottles and appetizers of gluten free beers.

Saturday June 9th

Quebec-Ontario Cask Evening at Benelux

Benelux, 248 Sherbrooke Street West
Benelux is offering a historic cask evening. 10 of the best IPA’s straight from the “Ontario IPA Challenge” will meet against 10 of the best IPA’s from Quebec. All these beers will be served simultaneously by gravity from the cask. Check their Facebook Amis du Benelux for more details.

Saturday June 9th

Continue the Experience at Terrasse St-Ambroise

McAuslan Brewery, 5080 St-Ambroise Street
Come chill out on the terrace at the McAuslan Brewery. Raspberry Ale will be offered at a special price of $4 a pint! Open from Noon to Midnight.

Special McAuslan Glass Available Now

If you are at the Montreal Beer Festival this weekend you should take a moment and stop by the McAuslan booth. They have just released a really nice tulip beer glass for $8. I also heard a bit of news that if you like them on facebook and let them know they have a small gift for you at the booth.

The fun doesn’t stop there, at 12:00pm on Saturday (June 9) they will have a special Beer Festival event where pints of their Raspberry Ale will be $4. A very good deal to enjoy the weather after a few samples at the festival.

Montreal Mondial de la Bière

It’s that beautiful time again when the Montreal Beer Festival rolls into town for 5 days. It begins tomorrow, Wednesday June 6th at 11am-9pm and ends Sunday June 10th. Admission is free and tasting coupons cost $1 each. Most 3-4 ounce samplers will cost around 3 to 5 tickets. So prepare to spend at least $30 on tickets if you want to sample a few beers. Also they sell a souvenir glass (and a bundle of coupons and a glass) for a reasonable price but you can save money if you bring last years or your own 12 ounce glass.

The good news is this year we have the opportunity to go as “press” and could do a bit more reviewing and writing up some of the beer news that we see instead of aimlessly drinking and getting expensive drunk. There are three beer launches that we will go to on Thursday and we will do our best to cover them here. And much more. I will update the site with a rundown of things to see and events we plan on attending starting tomorrow.