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Local Author Talks To CBS News About Low-Cal Beers

Posted by Bob Skilnik on April 12, 2010

I received an unexpected call from a very pleasant Kristyn Hartman at WBBM Chicago to pontificate about low-calorie/carbohydrate beers while also getting in a plug for “Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer? Nutritional Values Of 2,000 Worldwide Beers” and BEER: A History of Brewing in Chicago” (BRAND SPANKING NEW, $14.99 and signed by me, with orders fulfilled and shipped by Amazon —Seller name:—toddlintown—since I’m getting lazier as the days go bye and busy with my first granddaughter Norah).

Check out the story and then take a look at the video on the right side of the page.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…There’s enough interests in the viewers/listeners of the Chicagoland area for a regularly scheduled look at beer, the brewing industry and beer info in general. A producer/director at WTTW brought it up once to me after an appearance on Chicago Tonight, but nothing happened. The Chicago Tribune stated emphatically that a poll they took sometime ago indicated that readers wanted updates on wine but not beer.

The funny thing with a statement like this, however, is the response that I receive after local radio, TV or print exposure when I’m asked to discuss any aspect of beer or brewing; in this latest example, the CBS 2 Chicago video stayed in the 1st place (most viewed) position for a little over 32 hours. It was a nice, well-edited and light-hearted two minute look at a product that vastly overwhelms wine in national sales and interests.

I also like wine, but I still can’t get over the media feedback that I’ve received over the last decade that repeatedly “indicates” more viewer/listener/readership in wine versus beer. Is it just me that feels that there’s a media bias against beer? Is beer or brewery industry news assumed to be too unsophisticated to be reported on as a regular feature and instead beer-themed story skimmed off the slush pile of topics to be used as filler when “news” is a little slow?

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Brewer Petitions President Obama for ‘Beer Nutrition Czar’ Position

Posted by Bob Skilnik on June 15, 2009

With Obama Administration About to Appoint as Many Czars as a 30-Pack of Warm Beer, Chicago Author and Certified Brewer Will Petition Country’s Chief Beer Drinker (CBD) for a Much Needed Beer Nutrition Czar Slot

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 15, 2009 — Publisher Bob Skilnik, president of Gambrinus Media, announced his candidacy today for the role of United States “Beer Nutrition Czar.” President Obama might soon be looking for another Czar who can help clarify the innumerable misconceptions about beer’s historic role as a beverage of moderation, hopes Skilnik (although he has little faith that the President won’t be able to resist saying “more taxes” and “beer” in the same sentence).

After personally fending off dozens of Internet critics, nutritionists, dieticians, and in one dramatic case, the incorrect information represented in the early version of “The South Beach Diet” that demonized all beers as beer belly makers (later retracted by the book’s author) with the 2003 and 2004 publications of his “Drink Beer, Get Thin Diet” and “The Low-Carb Bartender,” Skilnik thinks it’s high time that the President appoints him as national “Beer Nutrition Czar” and allow him to spread the word of beer’s nutritional benefits.

 Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER? Nutritional Values Of 2,000 Worldwide Beers

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans cite several studies indicating that light-to-moderate alcohol consumption is linked to lower mortality from coronary heart disease, especially among men ages 45 or older and women ages 55 or older. But because of the bureaucratic suppression of such information, Skilnik has felt compelled to write “Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER? Nutritional Values Of 2,000 Worldwide Beers” (ISBN-13: 978-0982218204, $10), now available in book stores and Internet book sites. Tired of waiting for the federal alcohol regulatory agency, the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to implement new changes in proposed alcohol nutrition labeling requirements that would tell consumers the nutritional benefits of beer, author and brewer Skilnik has instead compiled an impressive array of brews with their nutritional values. The paperback book can be used by dieters counting calories or carbohydrates or by moderate beer drinkers who simply want to know the nutritional values of what he or she is drinking. Following the book’s lead, Skilnik has shed 80 pounds with a smile on his face and a beer in his hand. Currently, this kind of information is only available on light or low-carbohydrate beers, another Washingtonian mistake.

“Look, I understand that one more Czar in Washington would only add to the notion that there could be more Czars in D.C. than you might have found at a turn-of-a-century Romanoff wedding. I’d therefore be willing instead to be a ‘Roving Beer Nutrition Czar,’ visiting bar after bar – something my wife would attest that I’m already quite adroit at – to get the word out on the positive attributes of America’s favorite adult beverage. I’m tired of reading websites of half-truths or picking up popular diet books that meekly admit that a little beer is good for your heart but then can’t tell you how many calories, carbohydrates or even Weight Watchers POINTS® are in beer or read the further mindless dribble of web-based ‘experts’ who claim that beer contains nothing more than ‘empty’ calories. In reality, you can find fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E, K and water soluble vitamins like C, B1, B2, B6, B12, folic acid, biotin and niacin in beer. In addition, beer also contains more than 20 minerals, some protein, no fat, no cholesterol and less sodium per serving than all the honest politicians in all the bars in D.C. on a Friday night.”

“This Friday, June 19, 2009, I will be sending my resume to the White House in consideration for this much-needed political appointment. At the rate that President Obama is appointing Czars, I figure if I jump into the barrel early enough, I might have a strong chance of securing this spot. My son’s high school jeweled Prom King crown fits me, so that should help keep the federal budget somewhat in line with the kind of ceremonial accouterments needed for this important post, and if we concentrate on American beers only, we’ll be able to keep jobs from going overseas and make America stronger. Last week, I personally kept a U.S. brewing crew and three Chicago bartenders in business, and if I might add, without any T.A.R. P. funds.”

Bob Skilnik is a certified brewer and freelance writer. He has been a contributor to the Good Eating Section of the Chicago Tribune and a former columnist for the LowCarb Energy magazine. The Chicago writer has appeared on ABC’s “The View,” ESPN2′s “Cold Pizza,” and Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Live,” preaching the moderate consumption and nutritional aspects of adult beverages. Skilnik is currently working on a similar nutritional research project with wine for fall publication.

“Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER? Nutritional Values Of 2,000 Worldwide Beers” is distributed by Ingram Book Group, the world’s largest wholesale distributor of book products and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. With four distribution centers strategically located throughout the country and the largest inventory in the industry, Ingram provides the fastest delivery available.

More info on Skilnik’s efforts to de-fang nutritional misnomers about adult beverages can be found at http://MyBeerButt.com.

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Diabetics Given New Hope with Book Offering Thousands of Beer Choices That Reveal Their Calories, Carbs and Alcohol Content

Posted by Bob Skilnik on April 8, 2009

While Diabetes Associations Suggest Switching to Drinks That Are Lower in Alcohol and Sugar, Current Labeling Laws Fail to Provide Needed Information

 

 Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER? Nutritional Values Of 2,000 Worldwide Beers

Chicago, Ill. (PRWEB) April 8, 2009 — Gambrinus Media announced today that “Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER? Nutritional Values of 2,000 Worldwide Beers” (ISBN-13: 978-0982218204, $10) is now available in book stores and Internet book sites. The valuable information provided in the paperback book can be used by diabetics under the supervision of their physicians, dieters counting calories or carbohydrates or beer drinkers who simply want to know the nutritional values of what they are drinking. Currently, this kind of information is only available on the federally-mandated nutrition facts labels of light or low-carbohydrate beers.

Tired of waiting for the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to implement transparency in alcohol nutrition labeling requirements, author Bob Skilnik has compiled an impressive array of beers, including popular imports and crafts, with their nutritional values.

“At the moment, individual states determine whether or not the alcoholic strength of a beer can be displayed on containers or advertising materials. If you’re looking for carbohydrate or calorie content on your favorite beers, forget it. You won’t find it, no matter what state you’re in. Suggestions by leading diabetes organizations to seek out beers with less alcohol and carbohydrates are meaningless if that information is not made readily available to consumers.”

A few years ago, the TTB, the federal agency that controls labeling requirements for alcoholic beverages, opened up a comment campaign for a possible new labeling design that drew over 18,000 comments concerning the proposed addition of a nutrition facts label on all alcoholic beverages, similar to what’s found on most packaged foodstuffs. About 96 percent of the comments received by the agency demonstrated a strong wanting for nutritional labeling on all alcoholic products.

“The brewing industry is currently rushing gluten-free beers to store shelves for those beer drinkers who rank among the 2 million Americans who suffer from Celiac Disease, a condition that can damage the intestines due to intolerance to gluten, a protein found in various grains such as barley. Other breweries are trying to capture the even smaller niche of those drinkers looking for ‘organic’ beers. In the meantime, almost 24 million Americans suffer from diabetes, a huge demographic in an otherwise flat market that finally has the opportunity to enjoy a beer or two with a meal or snack, empowered by the information provided in ‘Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER? Nutritional Values Of 2,000 Worldwide Beers’ while under the supervision of their physician, dietician or nutritionist.”

Bob Skilnik is a certified brewer and freelance writer. He’s been a contributor to the Good Eating Section of the Chicago Tribune and a former columnist for the LowCarb Energy magazine. The Chicago writer has appeared on ABC’s “The View,” ESPN2′s “Cold Pizza,” Fox News Channel’s “Fox News Live,” and Chicagoland print, radio and television outlets, preaching the moderate consumption and nutritional aspects of adult beverages. Skilnik is currently working on a similar nutritional research project with wine for late summer publication. More information can be found at “Drink Healthy, Drink Smart” (http://drinkhealthydrinksmart.com)

“Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER? Nutritional Values Of 2,000 Worldwide Beers” is distributed by Ingram Book Group, the world’s largest wholesale distributor of book products. With four distribution centers strategically located throughout the country and the largest inventory in the industry, Ingram provides the fastest delivery available.

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Ground Breaking Beer Nutritional Book Now Available As Download Too!

Posted by Bob Skilnik on February 21, 2009

Nutritional Values of 2,000 Worldwide Beers

Nutritional Values of 2,000 Worldwide Beers

Gambrinus Media announced today that “Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER?: Nutritional Values Of 2,000 Worldwide Beers” (ISBN-13: 978-0982218204, $10) is now available in book stores and Internet book sites and in downloadable PDF form.

Author Bob Skilnik has compiled an impressive array of beers, including popular imports, with their nutritional values. Frustrated by the bureaucratic pace of the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to react to consumer demand and implement new changes in alcohol nutrition labeling requirements, Skilnik contacted brewing industry sources for the kind of nutritional information that might one day be found on the containers of all alcoholic beverages. The result of his research has become a paperback reference book and downloadable file that can be used by dieters counting calories or carbohydrates or by beer drinkers who simply want to know the nutritional values of their favorite brews. Currently, this sort of information is only available on light or low-carbohydrate beers.

MORE INFO ON THE PDF VERSION OF “DOES MY BUTT LOOK BIG IN THIS BEER?” FOUND HERE

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‘Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER?’ Book Details Nutritional Values of 2,000 Worldwide Beers

Posted by Bob Skilnik on February 18, 2009

(PRWEB) February 18, 2009 — Gambrinus Media announced today that “Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER?: Nutritional Values Of 2,000 Worldwide Beers” (ISBN-13: 978-0982218204, $10) is now available in book stores and Internet book sites. Author Bob Skilnik has compiled an impressive array of beers, including popular imports, with their nutritional values. Frustrated by the bureaucratic pace of the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) to react to consumer demand and implement new changes in alcohol nutrition labeling requirements, Skilnik contacted brewing industry sources for the kind of nutritional information that might one day be found on the containers of all alcoholic beverages. The result of his research has become a paperback reference book that can be used by dieters counting calories or carbohydrates or by beer drinkers who simply want to know the nutritional values of their favorite brews. Currently, this sort of information is only available on light or low-carbohydrate beers.

Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER?
Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER?

“Even if the TTB gave the drink trade the O.K. to add nutrition fact labels to their products tomorrow, the agency would still temper their decision with a 3-year lag period before making it mandatory. To prove a point to critics who say that this kind of consumer-friendly information is unnecessary on adult beverages and to quiet down my doctor who said that my 300-pound body needed a thorough downsizing, I began a weight loss program that included the moderate consumption of my favorite beers, using the nutritional information that breweries have provided me,” says the still shrinking Skilnik.

Story Continues

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5 Valentine Day Beers With Nutritional Info

Posted by Bob Skilnik on February 12, 2009

OK. I admit that this post is a bit of a stretch, but I was trying to find beers that might appeal to women — as well as men, while still keeping an eye on the nutritional data of these beers. Sometimes, however, just like with love, you have to just jump in and say the hell with it! I think this selection will work. Remember; there are no bad beers, just bad beer drinkers.

5 Valentine Day Beers With Nutritional Info

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Nutritional Values For Bass Ale & Rogue’s Dead Guy

Posted by Bob Skilnik on February 10, 2009

C’mon over to Drink Healthy, Drink Smart for a video look at the nutritional values for Bass Ale and Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale.

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Peroni Nutritional Values And More

Posted by Bob Skilnik on February 4, 2009

Come on over to http://drinkhealthydrinksmart.com/ for new info, including the numbers for Peroni beer.

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Super Bowl Beers With Nutritional Info

Posted by Bob Skilnik on January 27, 2009

Calories are important to me! Anybody got some spare change?

Calories are important to me! Anybody got some spare change?

Well, once a year, the media drags out the old “Let’s lecture on the best (read: Low-calorie) beers to enjoy while watching the Super Bowl.” I thought I’d do a variance of this and give you a number of different beers, along with their calories, carbs and Weight Watchers POINTS.

I thought you might appreciate a bit more info about them and one more list of full-bodied beers with nutritional info too.

MORE HERE

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BEER Nutrition Book Now Available

Posted by Bob Skilnik on January 22, 2009

Nutritional Values of 2,000 Worldwide Beers

Nutritional Values of 2,000 Worldwide Beers


NOW AT AMAZON

NOW AT BARNES & NOBLE!

 

Does My BUTT Look BIG

In This BEER?

Nutritional Values of
2,000 Worldwide Beers
 

 

— Bob Skilnik —

aka, The Low-Carb Bartender

Pick up a candy bar, a bag of potato chips, or even your kid’s favorite sugar-coated breakfast cereals and you can refer to a Nutrition Facts label that gives you the kind of nutritional information that you, the consumer, deserves to know.

But pick up a bottle of your favorite beer, and unless it’s a low-calorie or low-carbohydrate brew with a federally-required Nutrition Facts label emblazoned on it, you have no idea what, if any, nutritional components are in a regular-brewed stout, porter, bock, wheat beer or even a simple
American-style pilsner beer…

…Until NOW! Whether you’re counting calories, carbs or even Weight Watchers® Points®, here’s the nutritional information that you can’t find anywhere else but in these following pages for
over 2,000 worldwide beers.

 

Moderation, Not Deprivation!

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Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER? NOW AVAILABLE!

Posted by Bob Skilnik on January 2, 2009

Nutritional Values of 2,000 Worldwide Beers

Nutritional Values of 2,000 Worldwide Beers

NOW AT AMAZON

NOW AT BARNES & NOBLE!

Does My BUTT Look BIG

In This BEER?

Nutritional Values of
2,000 Worldwide Beers
 

 

— Bob Skilnik —

aka, The Low-Carb Bartender

 

Pick up a candy bar, a bag of potato chips, or even your kid’s favorite sugar-coated breakfast cereals and you can refer to a Nutrition Facts label that gives you the kind of nutritional information that you, the consumer, deserves to know.

But pick up a bottle of your favorite beer, and unless it’s a low-calorie or low-carbohydrate brew with a federally-required Nutrition Facts label emblazoned on it, you have no idea what, if any, nutritional components are in a regular-brewed stout, porter, bock, wheat beer or even a simple
American-style pilsner beer…

…Until NOW! Whether you’re counting calories, carbs or even Weight Watchers® Points®, here’s the nutritional information that you can’t find anywhere else but in these following pages for
over 2,000 worldwide beers.

 

Moderation, Not Deprivation!

Preface

Whether brewers, vintners or distillers like it or not, the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), responsible for labeling requirements of alcoholic beverages, is close to making it mandatory for alcoholic beverages to list their nutritional values. Whenever the TTB can finally arrive at some sort of standardized Nutrition Facts label that makes sense (it might take years), they have assured the drink industry that once they settle on an idea of what will be needed on the Nutrition Facts label, they will still give industry members an additional three years to redesign new labels and ease the cost of testing and relabeling by gradually implementing their compliance timeline.

One compelling reason why this will come to fruition is because of the hand of globalism in today’s universal trade and commerce. As the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States notes in their most recent comment in TTB Notice No. 74, “…this proposed rule change would bring TTB requirements into conformity with the provisions of the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) Agreement on Wine Labelling (sic). As stated by TTB, ‘[these] negotiations proceeded from the view that common labeling requirements would provide industry members with the opportunity to use the same label when shipping product to each of the WWTG member countries. With a global economy and with free travel among consumers, we support TTB’s effort to harmonize its labeling regulations with international requirements. TTB’s proposal would have the beneficial effect of serving the interests of consumers, as well as eliminating a potential barrier to trade between countries.’”

Change is coming and it has the tailwinds of consumer support and NAFTA conformity behind it with a soon-to-be standardized world market of beer, wine and booze labels. Without acceptance by U.S. drink manufacturers, it’s conceivable that the import/export markets of beers, wines and spirits would come to a halt; but be assured, that that will not happen.

So in reality, the global economy is probably more the driving force behind the eventuality of nutritional labeling on beer, wine and booze than any concerns about the wants or needs of consumers.

But why worry about any of this? In the following pages, you’ll find nutritional information now that will help you to enjoy the moderate consumption of worldwide beer whether you’re counting calories, carbohydrates or WEIGHT WATCHERS® POINTS®, perhaps even trying to pack on the pounds, or simply trying to maintain your current weight. You can even use the alcohol by volume (abv) information in this reference guide to settle bar bets; What’s the strongest beer? The weakest? for instance.

Measurement Tolerances

“The Bureau [TTB] has determined that tolerance ranges are required with respect to labeled statements of caloric, carbohydrate, protein, and fat contents for malt beverages. The intent of these tolerances is to provide for normal production and analytical variables while continuing to ensure that the labeling is not misleading to the consumer.

Held, the statement of caloric content on labels for malt beverages will be considered acceptable as long as the caloric content, as determined by ATF [Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Bureau] analysis, is within the tolerance +5 and -10 calories of the labeled caloric content. For example a label showing 96 calories will be acceptable if ATF analysis of the product shows a caloric content between 86 and 101 calories.

Held further, the statements of carbohydrate and fat contents on labels for malt beverages will be considered acceptable as long as the carbohydrate and fat contents, as determined by ATF analysis, are within a reasonable range below the labeled amount but, in no case, are more than 20% above the labeled amount. For example, a label showing 4.0 grams (within good manufacturing practice limitations) but not more than 4.8 grams.

Held further, the statement of protein content on labels for malt beverages will be considered acceptable as long as the protein content, as determined by ATF analysis, is within a reasonable range above the labeled amount but, in no case, is less than 80% of the labeled amount. For example, a label showing 1.0 gram protein will be acceptable if ATF analysis of the product shows a protein content which is more than 1.0 gram (within good manufacturing practice limitations) but no less than 0.8 gram.”


Book Guidelines

You’ll probably notice disparities between the nutritional information of the same brands of beer, but brewed in different countries. Guinness or Beck’s comes to mind. Some worldwide breweries contract to have their beers brewed in satellite breweries, far from their home offices. The use of more easily available indigenous grains or accommodating known taste preferences of local beer drinkers can influence the use of different mixtures of grains in the mash, differently treated water sources, ever-changing ratios of various types of hops in the kettle, and even yeast strains in the fermentor, which can account for variances in calories, carbohydrates and alcohol levels for the same brand of beers in different countries. Guinness, for instance, is extremely popular in Nigeria, yet the cost of shipping malted barley from Ireland would be prohibitive. As a result, indigenous grains such as sorghum and soybeans can also be added to the grain bill. As noted throughout the book, and reflective of different brewing practices in a host of countries, the nutritional value for Guinness will vary widely. The beer is currently brewed in 51 countries!

Serving size for beer is listed in the book as 12-ounces (with rare exceptions), even if the beer comes in 22-ounce “bombers” or half-liter bottles, as per the TTB and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggestions. That serving size (12-ounces) for beer will assuredly be solidified when the TTB makes its final decision on labeling requirements. I have no idea how the TTB will handle high-strength beers such as The Boston Beer Company’s Utopia or Millenium brands, for instance. The brewery recommends a moderate 2-ounce serving size for these high-alcohol brews, but with a beer serving being defined as 12-ounces, this is just one more standardization problem that the TTB will have to deal with.

No sodium, fat, cholesterol or protein values are listed here. There is NO fat nor cholesterol in beer and trace amounts of sodium and protein values in your favorite brew. While TTB mandated alcoholic drink labels will almost assuredly display protein levels in grams and sodium levels in milligrams-all part of a labeling consistency for beer, wine, liquor and liqueurs-these numbers in beer are insignificant in my opinion, especially in light of the government recommendation of no more than two 12-ounce servings of beer for men and one 12-ounce serving of suds for women per day. For instance, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for sodium for a 25 old male is 1500 mg. Your average 12-ounce serving of Budweiser contains less than 10 mg of sodium. The average 12-ounce serving of Budweiser also contains 1.3 grams (gm) of protein while the RDA for protein for a male, 25 years and older, is 63 grams. (I used a 25-year old male for obvious reasons; they do enjoy their beers.) You could check out similar parameters for 25-year old women or different ages for men and women and you’d never find any beer, let alone a Budweiser, coming anywhere near RDA levels. You’d have to drink more than 150 bottles of Budweiser to hit the sodium RDA or chug down a little more than 49 bottles of the stuff to hit the protein RDA. Remember again; we’re considering the fed’s recommendation of no more than two 12-ounce servings of beer a day for men and one serving for women. The need to worry about sodium and protein in beer seems like a wasted exercise, so these nutritional values are ignored here. 

One more caveat. Breweries are changing, and tweaking their recipes all the time, skewing their beers’ nutritional values with any given batch. Also be aware that any measurement of the nutritional values of beer is based on an average analysis. No two batches of beer will ever be the same. That’s why the TTB gives an expected range (+, -) for calorie, carbohydrate and protein analyses. Of the many breweries that contributed to this book, The Lion Brewery in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania was the only brewery that sent me their beer nutritional information with expected ranges, not as definitive numbers. That’s really how you have to look at the information in this book; numbers will fluctuate with each batch of beer. Keeping the nutritional data within an expected range and deriving an average analysis of product is what’s given here.

I welcome any documented corrections to the material presented here and will post them on our website and will also include the newest numbers in future printings of this book. There are more than 2,000 beers in this list, the majority of them with ALL their carbs, calories, and alcohol by volume percentages listed. You’ll waste your time going through the various websites with nutritional values of beer. Using info direct from the breweries, I’ve often found that the website nutritional values are wrong; more often than not, very wrong!

This material, as presented, is copyrighted. Slight “ringers” with an insignificant difference of .01 g carbs or 1 calorie have been added to the list to track any attempts to duplicate this material.

We’ll be online soon with ever-expanding information on beer, wine, and booze nutritional values and be presenting plenty of tips on how to enjoy them in a moderate, responsible and healthful manner. 

On the website, you’ll find:

  • New and updated information  for the nutritional values for beer, wine and booze as more numbers come in
  • Lower-calorie, lower-carbohydrate and lower-fat recipe versions of your favorite mixed-drinks
  • Tasty recipes for making your own lower-calorie, lower-carbohydrate and lower-fat liquors, liqueurs and bar mixes
  • Food recipes using beer, wine and booze as condiments, with an emphasis on flavorful and healthy dishes
  • Video presentations of much of what’s listed above
  • A drink recipe exchange forum

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Nutritional Info For A-B Shock Top

Posted by Bob Skilnik on December 12, 2008

Shock Top by Anheuser-Busch

Shock Top by Anheuser-Busch

 

 

Anheuser-Busch Shock Top          
  
12 oz        14.80 carbs    168 calories       

    5.2% abv     3 Weight Watchers POINTS

 

 

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Nutritional Info For SN Celebration Ale

Posted by Bob Skilnik on December 10, 2008

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale  
12 oz    19.40 carbs   214 calories   6.8% abv    5 Weight Watchers POINTS  

Celebration Ale, 5 Weight Watchers POINTS

Celebration Ale, 5 Weight Watchers POINTS

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Exporters and watchdogs question US booze labelling

Posted by Bob Skilnik on December 10, 2008

Here’s one more reason why the nutritional labeling of alcoholic beverages in the U.S. will go on for ages. Now we have the Europeans dictating what will go on the labels for beer, wine, liquor and liqueurs. However this shakes out, the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) has noted that they will give the drink industry 3 years for compliance and why Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer? Nutritional Values For Over 2,000 Worldwide Beers will be a “Must Have” book for your household or favorite bar.

 

Exporters and watchdogs question US booze labelling

Proposals for new mandatory labelling requirements on alcoholic beverages in the US have come under criticism this week from foreign manufacturers and watchdogs for offering no benefit to the consumer.

Both the UK-based the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WTSA) and the US Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) claim that the current proposals to only label fat, protein and nutrients are a wasted opportunity for the industry and regulators alike.

 The labelling bill, which will remain under consultation until 27 January [2008], was announced by the US Treasury Department’s Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) in order to give consumers more awareness of what they are consuming.

 Research

In a statement released yesterday, the CSPI said it was unconvinced that the current proposals could serve the purpose, calling for “real-world” research for a new-uniform label that could encourage measured and moderated drinking in the US.

 George Hacker, the not-for-profit group’s alcohol policies director said that any labelling requirement would need to address the interests of the consumer and not those of liquor manufacturers or brewers.

“Consumers need information about calories, to help watch their weight; alcohol content, to help measure their drinking; and ingredients, to help comparison shop on the basis of quality and allergens,” he stated. “The TTB proposal also would not require disclosure of ingredients, nor would it require a statement communicating the government’s advice on moderate drinking.”

 Industry slant

 The CSPI said that it had therefore called for the TTB to go back to the drawing board over the proposals, which it claims have been designed primarily to please all manufacturers of alcoholic beverages.

 “There are brewers on the one hand, who would prefer not to disclose alcohol content on labels at all, and distillers on the other, who would look forward to portraying liquor as a virtual diet drink with zero carbs, zero fat, zero protein,” the group stated.

 While encouraged that the government had begun to take action on the labelling issue, Hacker said that health issues should be the main priority of any successful labelling bill.

 “It’s good news that the Bush Administration has begun a rule-making on alcohol labelling,” he stated. “It’s a shame that it’s proposed a confusing scheme that advances the public relations objectives of the industry more than it does the public’s health or the convenience of consumers.”

 Exporters view

 Though the watchdog criticized the proposals for having a pro-industry slant, some foreign alcohol manufacturers are also concerned over the labelling scheme.

 WTSA spokesperson John Corbet-Milward told BeverageDaily.com that there was concern from some European alcoholic producers that there was little point to the US adopting the labelling proposals, as they served no benefit to consumers.

 “Ideally, a single global labelling agreement would help ensure parity for all manufacturers,” Corbet-Milward said. “If there appears to be no benefits from the scheme though, then there is little point of introducing it in the first place.”

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In my opinion, the US Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is only adding to the labeling delay with its over insistance on doing things their way, guised as wanting what’s best for the consumer.

 

 

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Nutritional Info For Avery Old Jubilation

Posted by Bob Skilnik on December 9, 2008

Old Jubilation    12 oz     21.90 carbs    242 calories  8% abv  Weight Watchers POINTS  4

 

Avery Brewing in Boulder, Colo.                                                    

Old Jubilation

Old Jubilation

Old Jubilation is reddish brown and rich, and at first it seems to be a simple dark beer that’s been flavored with toffee or perhaps pine. But there are no added spices, just a beautiful blend of five different specialty malts blended nicely with English hops.

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Know How To Drink Alcohol While Building Muscle and Losing Fat

Posted by Bob Skilnik on November 25, 2008

Gimme a beer!
Gimme a beer!

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Nutritional Info For Toohey’s White Stag Beer

Posted by Bob Skilnik on October 23, 2008

Coming Soon!

Does My BUTT Look BIG In This BEER?

 

Tooheys New                oz    carbs    calories    abv
White Stag                    12   03.20       179      04.60

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Advertise In “Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer?” Tell Your Customers You Care

Posted by Bob Skilnik on October 19, 2008

COMING IN DECEMBER, 2008
PLACE A FULL-PAGE AD IN THIS
REVOLUTIONARY BEER REFERENCE BOOK

 

Reference Book Contains the Nutritional Values of 2,000 Worldwide Beers, Complete With Calorie and Carbohydrate Content, Alcohol by Volume and Weight Watchers® Points – Valuable Reference Guide for Anyone on Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach or a Lifestyle of Moderation

CHICAGO, IL – October 20, 2008 /PR Web/ — Gambrinus Media announced today that “Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer?” (ISBN Pending, $12.95) will soon be heading to bookstores. Author Bob Skilnik continues his exploration of beer and nutrition, following on the success of his three earlier books, “The Drink Beer, Get Thin Diet: A Low-Carbohydrate Approach,” “The Low Carb Bartender” and “101 Ways to Cut Fat and Carbs.” This 3-pack of books has placed Skilnik on the national scene with appearances on ABC’s “The View,” ESPN’s former morning show, “Cold Pizza” and multiple appearances on the FOX News Channel. His experiences have also shown him that there’s a huge and growing segment of beer drinkers who want expanded nutritional information on the labels of their favorite brews. According to Skilnik, with the coming of his new beer reference book of over 2,000 beers with their nutritional values, they won’t have long to wait.

 

While the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) grapples with the demand for nutritional labeling requirements of alcoholic beverages, “Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer?” will provide the kind of information that beer drinkers want now. The TTB admits that whenever they can come to a labeling compromise that will lessen the financial burden on the brewing industry with new imposed labeling standards and satisfy consumer advocacy groups which have been pushing this approach for decades, it will still take a 3-year lag period before mandates kick in. Actual projections of 4 to 5 years before consumers can finally find this kind of detailed nutritional information on beer labels are expected by consumer groups and the brewing industry. But the author and certified brewer Skilnik says “Why wait?”

 

“With the help of breweries around the world, including a number of popular U.S. microbreweries, “Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer?” will provide solid information on the nutritive values of more than 2,000 worldwide beers. Brewers can further help this effort by contacting us with the necessary production information of their beer portfolios for last minute inclusion. This is not a diet book, but will give customers more information about their favorite beers. Informed customers might pass by a 50-stack display, just because a competitor took the time to contact our office with the information we need for this book. Owners from craft breweries like Abita, Alaskan, Flying Dog, Full Sail, Sierra Nevada, Goose Island, the Minhas/Huber Brewery, and so many more, for instance, have been extremely cooperative with my requests for nutritional information of their fine products, as well as receiving great support from venerable brewing giants such as Anheuser-Busch, Foster’s, Grolsch, Heineken, Lion-Nathan and many more. These companies thrive in today’s competitive beer market because they understand what their customers want. I see this demonstrated all the time in e-mails that I receive about my earlier books, works that only touched on carbohydrates in beer. Beer drinkers want access to full nutritional info of their favorite products and have turned to me for help. Regretfully, federal foot-dragging and head-in-the-sand resistance by some brewers who seem to ignore what their customers are looking for on beer labels has made this a struggle. Fortunately, persistence and the open-armed help of so many other progressive brewers who realize that this is the kind of information that their customers want, has made this book possible. I’m extremely grateful to these breweries, big, small and U.S. or foreign-owned, for their help.”

 

Skilnik hopes that breweries throughout the world will continue to contact him with information on their products for last minute inclusion in this revolutionary reference book before it goes to print in late November.

 

A certain number of pages will also be held open for sponsorship opportunities, including full-page black & white ads. Sponsorship fees and other questions about the book can be found by going to www. BeerandMoreinFood.Wordpress.com. A separate 2.0 website with videos, podcasts and updates to the book are in development. Its launch will coincide with the release of “Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer?”

 

Bob Skilnik is a certified brewer, author, freelance writer and lecturer. He is a contributor newspapers and magazines, including the Chicago Tribune’s “Good Eating” section and Draft Magazine, and a former columnist for the LowCarb Magazine, writing under the alias of “The Low-Carb Bartender.” He was recently interviewed by Forbes.com as part of a series of national food and drink luminaries on beer enjoyment that included Skilnik, the Food Network’s Mario Batali, bad boy chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain, and Chef Jamie Oliver. 
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Release date: December, 2008
Paperback book, available with perfect binding.
120 pages.   7.5″ x 9.25″  (235mm  x  191mm)
20% premium for first page insert ad.  15% premium for last page insert ad.
Distribution is with Ingram, the largest distributor of books in the world, with access to brick-and-mortar and online stores throughout the world, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble and score more.
Contact Bob Skilnik at 815.557.4608 for more details.

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Recent Mentions and Reviews For Bob Skilnik’s Books                  

Beer & Food: An American History

“A tasty history, from beer soup to Beer Nuts, with pickled pigs’ feet in between.”
Philadelphia Daily News

“His book gives a fascinating account of the birth and growth of our country’s brewing industry and its influence on American cuisine.”
CantonRep.com

Beer: A History of Brewing in Chicago

“Bob Skilnik thinks most historians have overlooked what a thirsty job it was being hog butcher to the world.”
Chicago Tribune

“…the real Chicago story began with Prohibition, and this is where local author Skilnik shines.” Chicago Sun-Times

“Skilnik’s book, quite skillfully, brings focus to the history of Chicago’s beer production, distribution, retail sale, and consumption patterns.”
Illinois Heritage Magazine

The Drink Beer, Get Thin Diet: A Low-Carbohydrate Approach

“It may not be for everyone, but beer lovers will certainly applaud his effort.”
The Chicago Tribune

“Bob Skilnik’s diet book could be an entertaining stocking stuffer for the beer drinker on your list who needs to lose a few pounds.”
The Atlantic Journal-Constitution

“Skilnik makes a take-notice promise in his preface: “With careful monitoring of your daily carbohydrate intake, you’ll be able to enjoy two or more beers a day and still lose weight.”  The Detroit Free Press

“With a sense of humor and self-deprecating observations about his own diet struggles, Skilnik argues that the average beer drinker loads up on too many other high-carb foods.”
Philadelphia Daily News

“Nothing has kept the weight off until [Skilnik] developed this plan.”
Contra Costa Times

“The book amounts to a low-carb diet plan, similar to many on the market, except that this one allows beer.”
Lexington Herald-Leader

“Skilnik’s credentials for writing such a book are his…experiences trying nearly every diet out there in the past 30 years.”
Contra Costa Times

“Beer expert Bob Skilnik’s new diet book, The Drink Beer, Get Thin Diet, shows how to regulate carbohydrates without giving up good beer.”
Modern Brewery Age.  

Skilnik has also appeared on a number of television and radio stations in the U.S. and Canada promoting his books. A small sampling follows:

Television

ABC
The View
New York City, NY

ESPN2
Cold Pizza
New York City, NY

Fox News Channel
New York City, NY

Fox News Channel
Chicago, IL

WTTW/PBS
Chicago Tonight
Chicago, IL

Radio

WGN Radio 720 AM
Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg
Chicago, IL

WGN Radio 720 AM
The Kathy & Judy Show
Chicago, IL

The Rock, 95.1
Rock Mornings With Chris & April
Chatham, Ontario, Canada

CHQR 770 AM
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

KURR 99.5
Clear Channel (Simulcast)
Salt Lake City, UT-Colorado Springs, CO-Reno, NV

SD TALK RADIO
The Gourmet Club, Listen-On-Demand
San Diego, CA

 

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Nutritional Info For Schlafly Oktoberfest

Posted by Bob Skilnik on October 15, 2008

Oktoberfest                12 oz         22.20 carbs         185 calories     05.10 abv

COMING THIS FALL:

Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer?

Nutritional Values of 1,800 Worldwide Beers
 

— Bob Skilnik —

aka, The Low-Carb Bartender

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Nutritional Info For Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 26, 2008

 Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale

Harvest  Ale            12 oz         19.30 carbs              215  calories     06.70  abv          

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(VIDEO) A-B Rolls Out New Craft-Styled Beers

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 15, 2008

Anheuser-Busch has a new mission, so it seems; give beer drinkers more choice. One way they’re doing this has been by extending their Michelob brand, a logical place to work from.  Although you’d probably never know it, A-B has been “stealth-brewing” some great beers under the Michelob label since the 1990s, including an Amber Bock, Honey Lager, Pale Ale, Marzen (sic) and a Pumpkin Spice.

As a sidebar, last week I noticed A-B’s Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale on the shelves. Wow! End of August and a pumpkin beer is already making the rounds, which indicates to me that pumpkin beers are long past being a novelty brew, but instead are truly being profiled as beers to be expected as an annual addition, albeit only available for a short time.

I call these Michelob beers listed above “stealth beers” because I personally think that A-B has ignored the Michelob line for way too long. With its origins going back to 1896, the flagship Michelob is foaming with heritage, a theme A-B likes to use, but for quite some time now, the beer has lost its way. From a non-pasteurized, draft only beer, Michelob became a pasteurized beer in the early 1960s—not losing its traditional rich and slightly sweet taste characteristics—and eventually made its way into the distinctive and award-winning tear drop-shaped beer, topped with a swath of golden leaf foil. Cans soon followed.

When you walked into a bar and saw that bottle back in the early 1970s, you knew that someone was enjoying a Michelob pilsner, and that distinctive shape and cumbersome foil often triggered a Pavlov-like response in me; I would order a Mich, preferably on tap, but hey, bottled was just as good a choice.

The brand, however, was ignored in the later years (I blame the advertising dollars shoveled into Bud Light), first becoming an adjunct beer and then bottled in the common 12-ounce bottle—like so many other beers. The flagship Michelob pilsner lost its panache, its distinctiveness. It became, “just another beer.”

Surprisingly, while A-B today rekindles the aura of quality and prestige that Michelob once had with today’s expanding selection of new and exciting brand extensions, they’re still treating their flagship Michelob pilsner with little fanfare, especially odd since it’s once again being brewed as an all-malt product and has been repackaged in a slimmer version of the old and squattier tear drop bottle. This has been going on since early 2007—but did you know this? I didn’t.

But last night, while watching Governor Sarah Palin do her thing at the Republican National Convention, I sort of glanced up at a beer commercial and mostly ignored it. I was 99.99% sure it was just another commercial from Jim Koch and his Boston Beer Company…you know the one, young brewers, hand-held camera shots, OSHA-approved wraparound protective glasses on everyone. I was waiting for the familiar part where Koch grabs a handful of hop cones and rubs them before taking a whiff, and all of a sudden I realized—Hey! This was a Michelob commercial!!

Well thank the beer god Gambrinus. Scores of millions of advertising dollars are annually plowed into the Bud Light account, are keeping the lilly pads of those charming frogs so green, and have inspired way too many people to run around exclaiming “D-u-d-e!” It’s so refreshing to finally see A-B throw some schekels towards the Long Tail of their product line. Please, St. Louis, keep it up. it makes no sense to bring out these kinds of great beers and then let them whither on the vine. While you’re on a roll, how about pumping up your all-malt Michelob pilsner a bit? This is a proud beer with s-o-o much history and a proud heritage behind it; let’s not forget it in a rush to promote new brands when an old favorite could use some bucks and a chance to let beer drinkers know that it’s back.

Why the sudden change in attitude? I just found out that A-B has recently spun off the Michelob portfolio as a separate company. In other words, the suits are now letting the “kids” play with this new toy, and hopefully they’ll let them get a little crazy with their brewing toys. I’m all for it!
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OK. What you’ll see in the video are two Michelob extensions—a Dunkel Weisse and a Pale Ale. I’m guessing that the Pale Ale is a re-release since it’s been on the Michelob website for a while. Both beers are good-tasting brews. The Dunkel is described as an unfiltered wheat ale with a “light finish that’s characteristic of dark weissbier.”

I’ll say this; when I lived in West Germany for almost 4 years as a translator, all German wheat beers were highly-carbonated, low alcohol brews, and served in giant-sized 1 liter clear glasses. And despite the nonsense I read all the time on U.S. beer sites that lemon served with wheat beer is an American practice, it’s NOT. For 4 years, my wheat beers were ALWAYS served to me with a slice of lemon. This “no lemon slice” story is just one more of those beer urban legends that some “expert” started years ago and that every beer lemming “expert” and beer writer continues to repeat.

But I digress.

The Michelob Pale Ale I enjoyed was also tasty, an orange-hued brew, dry-hopped with Cascasde hops, which does contradict the true style of an English Ale. But since I like the citrusy, pine-like, even grapefruit-like nose of Cascade hops, I’ll let this style contradiction slide by. Hey…it’s all about the beer.
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And finally, I take a look at the Budweiser American Ale in the video. If you watch the video, you’ll hear the A-B  explanation of why this beer became an extension of the Budweiser label, and not the Michelob brand. Before I forget, all of these beers will be priced at the lower end of the craft beer pricing spectrum. In my stomping grounds in the Chicagoland area, this probably means around $5.99-$6.99 or so per six-pack with aggressive discounting when neccesary. It also means widespread distribution.

Of the 3 beers, the Budweiser American Ale is my overall favorite. I’d really like to try this on tap, and better yet, on a nitrogen line for added creaminess. Although I was originally told that the Budweiser American Ale would be coming out in October, it’s now being reported that it will preview in kegs nationally on September 15 and joined by the bottled version on September 29. Looks like I’ll get my chance for a draft beer sooner than I thought!     

If you want to see the original briefing I had on the Budweiser American Ale, check out this video I made while enjoying the hospitality extended to some of us beer writers at the corporate tasting room in St. Louis a few months ago.                                                                                                         

Budweiser American Ale

Budweiser American Ale

Eric Beck, brand manager for this beer, also provided me with this additional nutritional info for this all-malt, dry-hopped beer;

” ~177 calories and ~16.5 g carbs…abv will be 5.3%.  I don’t really consider this nutritional but….IBU’s will be in the 28-30 range and color will be in the low 20′s (probably 22-24 lovibond).”

More from Biz Journal-Milwaukee on the release of Budweiser American Ale 

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Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer?

Posted by Bob Skilnik on September 11, 2008

Bob Skilnik

Bob Skilnik

COMING SPRING, 2009!

Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer?
Nutritional Values of 2,000 Worldwide Beers

 

— Bob Skilnik —

aka, The Low-Carb Bartender

 

Pick up a candy bar, a bag of potato chips, or even your kid’s favorite sugar-coated breakfast cereal and you can refer to a Nutrition Facts label that gives you the kind of nutritional information that you, the consumer, deserves to know.
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But pick up a bottle of your favorite beer, and unless it’s a low-calorie or low-carbohydrate brew with a federally-required Nutrition Facts label emblazoned on it, you have no idea what, if any, nutritional components are in your favorite stout, porter, bock, wheat beer or even a simple American-style pilsner beer.

 

But no longer. Whether you’re counting calories, carbs or even Weight Watchers® Points®, here’s the nutritional information for over 1,800 worldwide beers that you can enjoy in moderation!

Moderation, not deprivation
Also by Bob Skilnik

 

The Low-Carb Bartender:
Carb Counts For Beer, Wine, Mixed Drinks And More

 

The Drink Beer, Get Thin Diet:
A Low-Carbohydrate Approach

 

101 Ways To Cut Fats And Carbs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Want To Be In My Next Book?

Posted by Bob Skilnik on July 10, 2008

How Many Calories?

How Many Calories?

I’m putting the finishing touches on;

Healthy Drinking:
Nutritional Info for Wine, Beer & Booze

 

What the Drink Industry, the U.S Government and Special Interest

Groups Won’t Tell You

 

and I need your help. I’m making a last ditch rewrite and want to add as many nutritional values of beers, wines, liquors and liqueurs as possible before the book goes to print. I currently have info for about 1,200 beers, 300 wines, and scores of boozes. I’d love to double this.

 

If you’re a brewer, from a bottling operation or a brewpub, send me the OG and FG plus the abv of your beers and I’ll work up the numbers to include your products into the book. If you’re from the drink trade, vintner, distiller, importer, and have solid documentation of nutritional values for your products, please send the info and I’ll plug it into the book.

 

Years ago, when I wrote The Drink Beer, Get Thin Diet and The Low-Carb Bartender, I was villified by some members of the drink trade, especially from some big and small breweries, for what I was doing. “We brew our beer for its taste, not nutritional values,” they’d tell me and then would also tell me to do physical and sexual things with myself that I’m unable to do. Hey; I’ve tried.

 

One craft brewery that was extremely nice to me and provided me with a ton of info and even threw a bunch of labels into an envelope for me was New Belgium Brewing. Because they understand their market, it should be no surprise that they have also developed Skinny Dip, a lower-calorie/carb beer. It’s also one of the few craft breweries I have ever seen who advertise in non-beer publications. I find this amazing since placing beers ads in beer publications seem to be preaching to the choir. New Belgium, an employee-owned brewery, runs their operation like a business.

 

Anheuser-Busch was also receptive to what I was doing. I spent a day in St. Louis discussing the fallacy of the early version of The South Beach Diet that stated that the simple sugar maltose in beer made all beer unacceptable in the still-popular diet. The Drink Beer, Get Thin Diet pointed out that maltose was one of the first sugars to be consumed by yeast and its presence in finished beer was negligible. After A-B ran full-page newspaper ads in papers throughout the U.S., the author changed his tune on beer.

 

As anybody close to the industry knows, the Alcohol Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) is putting the final touches on guidelines that will one day become law. Once the kinks are worked out, the drink industry will be given 3 years for implementation.

 

It’s gonna happen, and while the industry will bitch and moan about it, their customers can’t understand why they can read a box of Count Chocula and know the nutritional values of what they’re feeding their kids, but not have the same kind of information for the glass of beer, wine or booze in their hands. That’s going to change.

 

But beside keeping their customers informed about the nutritional value of adult beverages, there’s more behind this than the eye can see. One big reason this will come to fruition is…globalism. As the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States notes in their most recent comment in TTB Notice No. 74, “…this proposed rule change would bring TTB requirements into conformity with the provisions of the World Wine Trade Group (WWTG) Agreement on Wine Labelling (sic). As stated by TTB, ‘[these negotiations proceeded from the view that common labeling requirements would provide industry members with the opportunity to use the same label when shipping’ product to each of the WWTG member countries. With a global economy and with free travel among consumers, we support TTB’s effort to harmonize its labeling regulations with international requirements. TTB’s proposal would have the beneficial effect of serving the interests of consumers, as well as eliminating a potential barrier to trade between countries.”

 

Change is coming and it has the tailwinds of consumer support and NAFTA-like conformity to a standardized world market behind it. Without acceptance, it’s conceivable that the important import/export markets of beers, wines and spirits would come to a halt.

 

So better or for worse, the global economy is probably more the driving force behind the eventuality of nutritional labeling than any concerns about the wants of the consumer.

 

Whatever the reason, please contact me and send me whatever info you can and I’ll get your products into the book.

 

What good will this do you? Who will read the book? Between The Drink Beer, Get Thin Diet: A Low-Carbohydrate Approach and The Low-Carb Bartender, I did appearances on ABC’s “The View,” ESPN2′s “Cold Pizza,” and multiple appearances on the Fox News Channel. I probably did over 100 radio interviews throughout the U.S., Canada and even Europe.

 

This book will be bigger, with lots of publicity, and rest assured, readers will see your product information. Take advantage of this opportunity for some FREE publicity for your products. I go to press in August.

 

 bob@beerinfood.com

 

 In the meantime, you can check out this option for the nutritional values of around 1,000 or more.

http://beerinfood.com/Beer-Nutrition.html

 

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Nutritional Info for Spirited Beverages: What the Drink Industry, the U.S. Federal Government, and Special Interest Groups Won’t Tell You

Posted by Bob Skilnik on June 23, 2008

COMING SPRING, 2009!!

 

Humor me for a moment. Take a walk over to your household pantry and grab a few packaged food items. I’ve randomly pulled out of my clutter of vittles a bottle of imported olive oil, a container of powdered premium baking cocoa from a well-known West Coast chocolate manufacturer, a small jug of natural peanut butter (“super-duper CHUNKY” boast the label), a packet of hot salsa seasoning mix, and a box of bite-sized shredded wheat cereal. Line up whatever you’ve gathered and place them on your kitchen table, with the backside of the containers facing you.

 
Now step over to where you store your household booze and bring out a bottle or two of distilled spirits. You can usually find vodka or gin in my mini-bar, but whatever you have handy will work just fine. If you have a wine rack, pull down a bottle. Finally, dig around the fridge and grab a bottle of regular-brewed beer. If you have a “light” beer or a Miller Lite (by the way, the ONLY beer brand that can legally use the word “Lite”), leave them in the fridge. “Light” beers and Miller Lite are exceptions to the arcane labeling requirements of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (commonly referred to as the TTB), a division of the United States Department of the Treasury.


By now, I’m sure you understand where I’m going with this little exercise. Not only can I find the calories, fat content, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, protein, vitamins and minerals and even the ingredients of every packaged good I grabbed from my pantry, but my box of breakfast cereal even throws in the dietary carbohydrate exchange of a serving size, currently based on the Exchange Lists for Meal Planning, ©2003 by The American Diabetes Association, Inc., and The American Dietetic Association.

 
What about my bottles of vodka and gin, wine and beer? Aside from the commonality of this foreboding admonishment on the labels or containers themselves, GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) ACCORDING TO THE SURGEON GENERAL, WOMEN SHOULD NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES DURING PREGNANCY BECAUSE OF THE RISK OF BIRTH DEFECTS. (2) CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES IMPAIRS YOUR ABILITY TO DRIVE A CAR OR OPERATE MACHINERY, AND MAY CAUSE HEALTH PROBLEMS, the majority of you have no idea what’s in any of these products, nor can you find any indication of even the most meager nutritional information on their labels, packing or advertising material…and you’re not alone. Millions of imbibers who might appreciate knowing, at a minimum, the amount of calories, carbohydrates and alcohol content in the favorite drinks are left in the dark every time they reach for a little gusto. Between the glacier-like movement of the TTB to make a final decision on labeling requirements for adult beverages, the resistance of elements of the drink industry to go through the anticipated expense of testing their products for nutritional values and the redesign of their container labels to reflect this info, plus the uncompromising demands of special interest groups for even more (in some case, less) information to be required, the entire decision-making process by the feds has been bogged down to the mess it’s in today.

 
The move towards the full disclosure of nutritional values of alcohol-based beverages on labels and advertising materials is currently being discussed at the federal level of government and in the alcoholic drink industry. As noted above, labeling regulations for spirited drinks falls under the auspices of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The TTB, however, does not require brewers, vintners or distillers to list any nutritional values on their products, unless the drink maker makes a nutritional claim about their product. This exception helps to explain why you can find nutritional info on the labels of low-calorie/carbohydrate light beers but not on regular-brewed beers. The very fact that a light beer claims to be lower in calories and carbohydrates than its big brother (Bud Light vs. Budweiser, for instance), makes the nutritional labeling of these products mandatory.

 
This very odd situation, knowing what’s in your kid’s sugar-frosted cereal or that bar of gooey chocolate nuggets in your pocket, and not what’s in the majority of your favorite adult beverage has an interesting history that goes back to the early days of Repeal in the mid-1930s. For close to eighty years, consumers and consumer groups have requested, and received, more nutritional and ingredient information to be listed on the containers of the foods they eat, relying on the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enforce food labeling regulations. But take a look at those bottles you placed on your kitchen table and you see that, even though alcohol consumption is a way of life for a majority of Americans, they’re not offered the same sort of nutritional info that can be found on food containers.

  
Nonetheless, some spirit makers have tried taking matters into their own hands, responding to a growing movement by their customers to satisfy their request for nutritional information on their products. The United Kingdom-based Diageo, PLC, one of the world’s leading premium drink companies, commissioned Ipsos Public Affairs in 2003 to survey low-carbohydrate dieters and test their perceptions of the carbohydrate counts of “popular alcohol options” when the low-carbohydrate movement was at its peak. The survey, which simply measured the public’s knowledge about the carbohydrate counts of popular beverage alcohol options, found that 63% of people surveyed incorrectly believe that wine and beer are lower in carbohydrates than spirits like vodka, tequila, gin and scotch whiskey. Of course, this was during the low-carb craze, but the survey implied that consumers needed more information about the alcoholic products they consume.

 
Unfortunately, Diageo’s bold move to voluntarily provide nutritional information of their products for an eager audience has been thwarted by indecision on the part of the TTB, which is still wrestling with the requests of a myriad of consumer groups for not only nutritional information on alcoholic beverage labels but also product ingredients, and possible allergens. Opposing any labeling changes is a significant group of mostly smaller-sized vintners and brewers, and wine, beer and spirit importers, many who claim that the laboratory testing of their products, along with a scrapping and design revamping of their product labels would be cost prohibitive.


Until there can be a consensus between the manufacturers of alcoholic beverages, government regulators and consumer groups to agree on a standardization of the nutritional information labeling of beers, wines and spirits, a pipe dream of a time frame that industry analysts estimate may be at least five years, Nutritional Info for Spirited Beverages: What the Drink Industry, the U.S. Federal Government, and Special Interest Groups Won’t Tell You, will fill this informational void. With a drink industry that momentarily enjoys the regulatory trappings of the status quo after suffering through well over a century of government taxation, overt regulation and interference—including downright prohibition, they’re now preparing to fend off the demands and splintered interests of consumer groups which want labels with more information on them than the surface area of even a gallon bottle could offer. Momentarily separated by a federal governmental agency (the TTB) that came into being as part of The Homeland Security Act…the idea that we’ll be able to pick up a bottle of imported single malt Scotch within the estimated five years, look at the container’s label and know the calories, carbohydrates, alcohol by volume or proof, fat and sodium content, cholesterol and possible allergens and proper serving size of that poor Scotch will never happen; it can’t happen, not when there’s no “spirit” of compromise in the equation.

 
As we investigate typical components of today’s distilled products, for instance, you’ll see that most of the elements listed above will never be found in distilled products in the first place. In Nutritional Values for Spirited Beverages: What the Drink Industry, the U.S. Federal Government, and Special Interest Groups Won’t Tell You, you’ll be able to separate the meaningful from the meaningless. If you’re old enough to remember the manufacturers of clear-colored 7-Up with its mix of sweetening agent, carbonated water and a refreshing hint of citrus, making the claim that it contained no fat, “Never had it. Never will,” you see that some of the demands by consumer interest groups for full disclosure of what’s in you favorite beer, wine or spirited drink can be just as silly. The TTB knows this and is probably trying to come to terms with the fact that no matter what, you can’t please all of the people, all of the time. It’s this process, of trying to keep everyone happy, but also preparing for the inevitable, that’s bogging down the movement of giving the consumer a better sense of what’s really in their favorite adult beverages.  
 

So where does that leave the consumer? Using the information in Nutritional Info for Spirited Beverages: What the Drink Industry, the U.S. Federal Government, and Special Interest Groups Won’t Tell You, dieters or imbibers who simply wants to know the calorie, carbohydrate and alcohol by volume (abv) counts of over 1,200 beers, 400 wines and more than 100 distilled products, can use this book as a valuable guide. For the more adventurous, readers will also be able to use this information for the making of a plethora of mixed drinks, knowing the nutritional value of what they are consuming, along with modified recipes that can lower their caloric, carbohydrate or alcohol intake while imbibing, if so desired. A representative array totaling well over two hundred lower-calorie/carbohydrate/fat drink recipes is included in this book, following the listings of the nutritional values for the respective categories of beer, wine, liqueurs and liquors. These drink recipes will demonstrate how simple it can be to tweak traditional drink recipes into lower-calorie/ carbohydrate/fat alternatives, leaving open the additional option of simply having a reference for the standard values of today’s most popular mixed drinks. Think of the traditional drink option as being offered to you as a “straight up” version while thinking of the slimmed down variations as drinks “with a twist.” Either side of the drink card will prove delicious! Just because the drink manufacturers, federal regulators and consumer groups can’t arrive at a solution that will benefit the millions of imbibers in the U.S., doesn’t mean that we can’t make an end run around this quagmire.

 
Nutritional Info for Spirited Beverages: What the Drink Industry, the U.S. Government and Special Interest Groups Won’t Tell You
will also address the latest information on the possible health benefits of the moderate consumption of adult beverages, the growing movement of organic alcoholic beverages, especially in the beer and wine sectors, and the success of experimentation by brewers in developing satisfying alcoholic products for sufferers of celiac disease. 

A huge stumbling block to the health benefit labeling of beer, wine and spirits has been the notion of connecting alcoholic beverages with health. It’s taboo, and has been since the 1930s. You can pick up a bottle today and read all about their pejorative elements of alcoholic products, courtesy of the mandated government warning on all booze containers, but the drink industry has steadfastly avoided making any sort of claim on the possible health benefits of moderate drinking. Sure, you’ll read about studies that indicate a possible benefit of alcohol consumption, but you should also note that there’s never the name of a drink manufacturer or trade association openly connected with these positive studies.

 
It’s also important to note the importance of diabetics knowing the carbohydrate value of alcoholic beverages. While diabetics should consult with their physicians about the moderate consumption of any alcoholic products, knowledge of the carbohydrate count of wine and its enjoyment has been promoted by visionaries such as Rabbi Hirsch Meisels, organizer of Friends With Diabetes International, (www.FriendsWithDiabetes.org, http://www.KosherLowCarb.org ). Not knowing the carbohydrate content of what they eat or drink can have diabetics fumbling to adjust their insulin dosages to compensate for blood sugar levels that are too high or low because they didn’t know the carbohydrate level of what they were consuming.

 
Keep this in mind—this is not a diet book per se. Nutritional Info for Spirited Beverages: What the Drink Industry Won’t Tell You is a reference book that anyone can use as a source of nutritional information while sitting back with a favorite beer, wine or mixed drink. The inclusion of mixed-drink recipes that have been tweaked for lower calorie/carbohydrate/fat alternatives will ensure a larger readership, but the reader could just as well enjoy a traditionally-made drink, content with the knowledge of simply knowing its nutritional value. The key to the book—the hook—is the disclosure of the nutritional values of more than 1,200 worldwide beers, 400 wines, and 100 liqueurs and liquors. While there are scores of nutritional references books on the market today that run the course from the calories and carbohydrates of fast foods such as The NutriBase Guide to Fast-Food Nutrition by NutiBase to Fast-Food Nutrition through the more traditional approach of The Complete Book of Food Counts by Corinne T. Netzer, there is no publication on bookshelves today that adequately addresses the nutritional values of alcoholic beverages. This book does.

 

COMING SPRING, 2009!

Whether you’re following Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers, a low-fat or calorie regime or your own interpretation of a glycemic diet, or simply trying to follow a dietary lifestyle that gives you accurate information on what you eat and drink, there’s something in Nutritional Info for Spirited Beverages: What the Drink Industry, the U.S. Government and Special Interest Groups Won’t Tell You for anyone who enjoys kicking off their shoes, having a satisfying drink and having the nutritional information that fits their lifestyle.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!!
COMING IN SPRING, 2009:

Does My Butt Look Big In This Beer?
Nutritional Values For 2,000 Worldwide Beers
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Wild Blue Nutritional Info

Posted by Bob Skilnik on May 13, 2008

A-B's Wild Blue

12 ounce serving, Wild Blue Lager has 260 calories, 26.2 grams of carbohydrates, and is 8% alcohol by volume.

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