Added by on 2014-03-26

Beer Ingredients

If you missed the social media hype storm a couple of weeks ago about Very Bad Things(tm) showing up in beer then consider yourself lucky.  It set off my balderdash alarm bells immediately, but thousands retweeted and shared this humbuggery without questioning it one bit.

Maureen Ogle spoke with many beer experts about the much-circulated claims in this amazingly thorough teardown of FUD.

Bare minimum, this one fact set off my alarm bells: She relied on information from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. If you’ve read Ambitious Brew, you know that I have zero patience with CSPI. For thirty years, that group has railed against the alcohol industry and lobbied for neo-prohibition. As a source of information, it’s untrustworthy, unreliable, and constantly shows a somewhat shocking disregard for science (weird, given the group’s name).

With that, I turn this over to skilled brewers who want to help you, the consumer, navigate the Food Babe’s ignorant contribution to the food debate. Read as much or as little as you want (the contributors cover different parts of the terrain.) And as always: Thanks for reading. (And if you like what you read, please tell your friends.)

Click through for the full article for each individual expert’s analysis of the claims.

Bottom line: there’s not anything dangerous in your beer besides alcohol. Drink up.


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