Beer Assortment

At City Vineyard, we are an all-inclusive place, especially when it comes to beverages. We carry a diverse and eclectic mix of craft beers from around the area as well as special international brews.

We rotate our beer selection frequently so check this page often for seasonal finds and specials.

Looking for a special pale ale or lager?  Be sure and ask one of store representatives for a recommendation. It is very likely that we have sampled most of the beers in our inventory. Let us guide you to your next favorite beer.

 

Beer Feature

Beer – Health Benefits of Beer

You’re probably asking yourself how exactly beer can be beneficial. Some nights it can cause nausea, headaches and make for a rough wake-up the next morning. So what gives? As with most things in life, moderation is the key. It is most widely discussed that a pint a day is the line between the health benefits of beer and having an unhealthy dose for your body.

Beer contains many beneficial vitamins, chemicals and other ingredients that can improve bodily functions and prevent certain diseases. It is these individual components that make these benefits possible, not the concoction of beer itself. So don’t confuse the fountain of youth with the nice frothy head of your favorite stout! Here are a few noteworthy benefits that your hopped and malted beverages can provide you with!

Beer Goggles
Canadian researchers have determined that a brew a day, more importantly a lager or stout, can help prevent the chance of forming cataracts by increasing antioxidant activity. On the flip side though, three or more beers a day can have opposite effects. So if you’re seeing double of the next bottle you’re opening, your chance for having eagle vision may be dwindling!

Skeletal Success
Your favorite cold one can also help in bone density and strength, which may prove worthy gripping and picking up that pint the following night! A study at Tufts University determined that one to two beers a day can increase bone density by 4.5%. This is due to the high silicon content present in beer. Silicon, in the dietary form orthosilicic acid, helps in growth of bones along with any connective tissues and can reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis. Anything more than two beers a day though, correlates with a decrease of bone density up to 5.2%.

Actually Making You Look Better
Vitamin E, found in most skin creams and vitamin packs, helps keep your skin looking young and healthy. Beer helps maximize the effectiveness of Vitamin E in your body! That’s right ladies, having a beer with your weekly skin treatment products may multiply your skin's healthy glow!

Giving the old “Chevrolegs” a Workout
You also may have asked yourself why marathons are sponsored by brewing companies and have stands for runners while they compete. Beer, more specifically wheat beers, has a knack for reducing muscle inflammation and increasing respiratory health. Though this is commonly known in the running world, many spectators raise an eyebrow as they watch runners down a popular lager at the half-way point! There are chemicals called Polyphenols, most prevalent in wheat beers, which have a knack for calming down molecular byproducts caused by exercise. Polyphenols capture molecules that can bounce around your muscles and cause inflammation, which in turn relaxes your burnt out muscle fibers. Studies have also shown that the intake of beer following a strenuous workout may increase hydration more than water! Bear in mind, though, moderation is what makes these results practical. Drinking a six-pack during your next triathlon will not help beat your previous record, let alone be healthy!



 


Beer 101

Beer, it does a body good!

We have all heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And while we all love apples, recent studies indicate that a few of our other favorites, dark chocolate and red wine, also offer health benefits.  But did you know that there is another favorite that can also be good for what ails you? Beer!  In fact, there are multiple proven benefits of our favorite brews from reducing risk for broken bones to warding off diabetes and mental decline. Keep in mind that like everything, moderation is the key. 

Stronger Bones

Beer contains high levels of silicon which is linked to bone health and density.  In a 2009 study at Tufts University, older men and women who swigged one or two beers a day had higher bone density.  But swig slowly, consuming more than the recommended amount is linked to increased risk for fractures. 

For the best results, grab a pale ale which is the richest in silicon, while light lagers and non-alcoholic beers contain the least.  Try Lagunitas Maximus India Pale Ale or Madison River Brewing Hopper Pale Ale.

Stronger Heart

A 2011 analysis of 16 earlier studies involving more than 200,000 people, conducted by researchers at Italy’s Fondazion di Ricerca e Cura, found a 31% reduced risk of heart disease in those who consumed about a pint of beer a day.  More than 100 studies also show that moderate drinking cuts the risk of heart attacks and fatal cardiovascular disease by 25% to 40%, according to Harvard reports.  Beer contains High Density Lipoproteins or HDL, good cholesterol that helps keep plaque from forming in the arteries.

Other Benefits          

Beer has also been linked to healthier kidneys, reducing the risk of developing kidney stones by 40 percent and a 2005 study showed that by drinking a beer a day, patients showed a lowered risk of mental decline by as much as 20%.  In addition, the women in the study scored 18 months “younger” than the non-drinkers of the mental skills exams. 

Love to cook with beer? A Portuguese study found that you can reduce cancer risk by marinating steak in beer which eliminates almost 70% of carcinogens, called HCAs, which are produced when the meat is pan-fried.  And, as mentioned above, consuming one beer daily can reduce your risk for Diabetes. A 2011 Harvard study of roughly 38,000 middle-aged men found that when they occasionally raised their alcohol intake to one to two beers daily, their risk of developing type 2 diabetes dropped by 25%!  The study found that alcohol increases insulin sensitivity, thus helping protect against diabetes.

We all knew that beer was amazing, but the health benefits it can also offer in small doses, are truly extraordinary.  Note that the benefits listed are from consuming 1 to 2 beers daily.  In 2014, raise a pint to your health, try a new beer you’ve just discovered and find out what the beer lovers are raving about!


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