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100 Cheers! Have A Sweet Beer On Me

Updated on February 4, 2013

Beers Galore

I like the smell of beer. But cannot stand the bitter taste of the beers available in my country, India. I like the beers to be sweet. I searched here with the term 'sweet beer' and couldn't find any articles on sweet beers. There were articles on how to make beer at home, beer recipes, beer diet, beer trivia, etc. So I set out to find if any are available anywhere in the world. The find is quite interesting. There are so many varieties of beers available. Its just awesome.

Its amazing, the wide varieties of beer offered by different breweries around the world. I have selected only 10 which I found interesting.

Incidentally, this is my 100th hub. I just can't really believe it. When I joined here around 28 weeks ago, I never thought that I will be around for this long or I will reach the 100 mark etc. I posted my 99th two days ago and it was very tempting for me to post a round up of my previous articles and reach that coveted(for me, of course) threshold of 100 hubs mark and the 'All Star' status.

Then I thought it will not make a quality hub and the readers won't really care whether its my first or thousandth if it is not interesting enough for them. I have two reasons to publish this hub. I wanted to share my findings from my search of sweet beers with you. And the word 'Hub' rhymes with 'Pub' where they serve beer. So, I decided that there is no better occasion to publish this one.

I also would like to express my gratitude to my fellow hubbers who visited my hubs for almost 100,000 times and the magnificent hub team who really made it possible for me to publish these many, and always helped me when in doubt.

So, A Hundred Cheers To All Of You! Have A Beer On Me Today!! Select From The Menu Card Below!!!

Astugi's Imperial Chocolate Stout
Astugi's Imperial Chocolate Stout

Chocolate Beer

Even in this category, I found many mind boggling varieties. Most of them are limited editions which will be available only during particular time of the year.

A few I would like to mention are Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, Purdy's Double Chocolate and the Japanese Astugi's Imperial Chocolate Stout.

While most of the chocolate beers do not contain any chocolate or even cocoa, Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock is slowly aged on a bed of rich chocolate that is specially blended by the chocolatiers at Scharffen Berger Chocolate.

In Astugi's beer malt is roasted at a very high temperature to create the chocolate flavor and darker body and contains nearly 9 per cent alcohol. It costs around 630 yen per bottle and is available only in Japan.

And there are raspberry beers, blackberry beers, pumpkin beer, cherry beer, etc. Framboise Lambic Ale is a Belgian raspberry beer which is very sweet and has an alcohol content similar to wines.

The Laughter Beer

I like to laugh a lot. So the title 'laughing beer' caught my attention. Some people claimed that certain Israeli Chemical engineers managed to find a way to infuse nitrous oxide into an imported Czech beer. According to them, the Hebrew tabloid 'Yedioth Ahronoth' reported that once they get the patent for beer they will start selling it. It seems that the nitrous oxide present in the beer will cause the drinkers to laugh. However I could not find any reference that substantiate their claim. Most likely a prank news made just for fun. If ever you come across the laughing beer order one for me.

Tutankhamun Ale
Tutankhamun Ale

Tutankhamen Ale

Earlier in 1996, 'Courage', a Scottish and Newcastle brewery used emmer wheat, an ancient wheat grown by the Egyptians, and coriander, to reconstructed an ancient recipe found in the Sun Temple of Queen Nefertiti by archeologists of Cambridge university. They said they had raw materials for only 1,000 bottles of the beer. The first bottle sold in England for about $7,200. Certainly, Tutankhamen Ale must be one of the most expensive beer ever made.

Old Kingdom Beer

In 2002, Kirin Brewery, Japan used a 4400 year old recipe from Egyptian hieroglyphics, which they claim is a brew fit for Pharoahs. Sadly, it is only made for research purpose and not for sale to the public. This beer is called 'The Old Kingdom Beer' and contains 10% alcohol and tastes a little like white wine, according to a company spokesman.

Bilk

You guessed it right. Its a new drink on sale in Japan, with milk as an active ingredient in beer. Abashiri Brewery, Hokkaido sells this beer with a fruity taste for about 3.15 $ per bottle. I must say that they have found a very innovative way to make use of their surplus milk. One third of Bilk is milk!.

The process is similar to making normal beer, but the brewery had to take extra care during the boiling process so that the milk won't boil over. As you know milk has a low boiling point. It has the same color as normal beers and smells like tea with milk once the fermentation process is finished and the drink is cooled.

Certainly I would not want to try this one even if I get one for free. Any takers?

Pizza Beer

Tom and Athena Seefurth of Campton Township, Illinois, USA claims that Mamma Mia Pizza Beer is the world's first culinary beer. Totally made from a variety of vegetables, this beer carries a strong aroma of Italian spices.

Tom says... "The Margarita pizza is put into the mash & steeped like a tea bag. A whole wheat crust made with water, flour & yeast is topped with tomato, oregano, basil & garlic. The essence of the pizza spices is washed off with hot water and filtered into a brew pot, where it is boiled for a long, long time. During the process, we add hops & spices in a cheesecloth type bag & filter the cooled liquid into a fermentation vessel. (big glass 6 gallon water jug). After a week or two, the beer is good to go. Keg it or bottle it"

Samuel Adams Utopia
Samuel Adams Utopia

Utopias And Vieille Bon Secours

Samuel Adams Utopias are a limited edition beer with an alcohol content of 25 per cent. It certainly must be the strongest beer in the world. It comes in a copper bottles shaped like a brew kettle and is one of the most expensive beers around. The production is limited to 8000 bottles an year.

However, Vieille Bon Secours which is served only in a bar called the Bierdrome in London is the costliest of them all with a price tag of nearly a thousand dollars per bottle. I really wonder why this beer is so prohibitively expensive and how they manufacture it.

Deus
Deus

Bière de Champagne Or Champagne Beer

This is one of the latest and interesting styles of beers. Primarily brewed in Belgium, it goes through a lengthy process of maturation. This genre of beers comes in 750 ml champagne style corked bottles. These beers aim to bridge the gap between those who prefer beer and those who loves wine or champagne. These types of beers usually have an alcohol content between 10 and 14 per cent and in the price range of 11$ to 16$. Krait Prestige Champagne Lager and Deus belong to the Champagne Beer category. I wonder what it tastes like.

I am sure there must be a lot of exotic and interesting varieties and brands of beers around the world. Perhaps I will do a hub on them when I reach my next mile stone.

I have tasted none of the drinks mentioned in this Hub. So when you order, order one for me too. Have fun. A HUNDRED CHEERS TO YOU!

PS: Design tips from Paul and Paraglider helped in making this hub. Thank you.

Best Regards

Do You Like Sweet Beers Too?

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      Andreas 6 years ago

      I"m not jumping up and down about any of these suggestions.

      I think I'm giving up on beer. I hate that sour, yeasty, bitter bite. Why do people put themselves thru all that?

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      PGage35 7 years ago from Hollywood, CA

      Great Hub... All we need now is some sexy beer girls:)

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      Beer Lover 7 years ago

      What a great hub. Its sat afternoon and I think I will have a beer!!

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      Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      SunSeven, I like beer, but some of these sound gross to me. Still, they are so funky and unusual, one would have to at least try a sip.

      Great, as always, and it was a year ago that you wrote this hub....it's now your second anniversary.

      I'll tip my glass with Guidebaba's and say, Cheers!!!

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      esocial 9 years ago from California

      OMG - there's a PIZZA flavored beer? Eww!

      Great hub, I got a real kick out of it!

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      na1pir 9 years ago

      You should try Desperados that is French tequila flavored beer, or maybe Bandidos ice (taste similar as caipirinhais Brazil's national cocktail cachaca+lime+sugar) from our Slovenian Brewery Laško. I love it!!!

      There are more flavorers of Bandidos: Tequila, Hot, Light Lemon and Ice

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      darron 9 years ago from New York City

      Way to go. I WILL have a beer for you tonight. How about a yummy Brooklyn Lager?

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      Ashok Rajagopalan 9 years ago from Chennai

      You are one person who deserves all the success you get. So this was your century? Congratulations!

      Dunno about sweet beer, will know after I have had one. Mine is always plain lager.

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      Misha 9 years ago from DC Area

      How about something like petrol beer? :)

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      abbie 10 years ago

      like da pizza 1 was like soo weird

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      Raymond Philippe 10 years ago from The Netherlands

      Wow. 100 hubs! And so many of them very informative. And fun.Living near Belgium has given me the opportunity to try several sweat beers.Must confess though your choice of beers were all new to me.

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      Diggerdog 10 years ago

      Irish beer may be more to your taste. In Canada try Ricard's Red.

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      John 10 years ago

      If you want good beer, then get out of the US and get to the UK. Home of the best ales in the world.

      On the other hand they're bitters mainly, but then our whole culture surrounds them!

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      danielle 10 years ago

      hey that is cool there are somany kinds of beer. I got hub pages and my mom melinda has some .

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      SaintLuke 10 years ago

      na i'ts awesome

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      cgull8m 10 years ago from North Carolina

      Congrats Sunseven for 100 Hubs, 1000 more soon :). Well done. Cheers.

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      Whitney 10 years ago from Georgia

      Congrats... Great post. the Chocolate beer doesn't sound bad. I'm not a big beer fan though. I have had limonade flavored beer, it's a light beer (I forget the name, though). I'm more a liquor girl. Ha...

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      Rmnathan 10 years ago from Sharjah

      SunSeven, Congratulations for you in reaching your 100th Hub. I thought you would publish this immediately after the 99th to make it 100. However the time taken to publish this one shows your commitment in giving quality hubs. Keep it up.

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      Stacie Naczelnik 10 years ago from Seattle

      I've heard lately that many of the "gourmet" chefs are now pairing their dishes with beers, just as you would with wines. Interesting.

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      sukritha 10 years ago from Cochin

      Influencive Information Thank You

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      jags 10 years ago

      that was good one

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      Jason Menayan 10 years ago from San Francisco

      What a great, interesting read! Bilk sounds nasty, but the Mamma Mia one could be intriguing. :-)

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      Paul Edmondson 10 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      I like sweet beer as well. I've recently been drinking wheat beers, which taste sweet to me. Some of the best wheat beers are german, but Coors makes one that is pretty good as well.

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      Eileen 10 years ago

      Dear Sun Seven,

      I thought this was an excellent post. I have some friends who are planning a beer tasting, and I've sent your entire post, with comments on to them!

      I enjoyed equally your posts on Coca-Cola and aspirin.

      Congratulations on your 100th post. I actaully wondered what the word "hub" means in this blog, so I guess it means a blog entry?

      Best regards,

      Eileen

      Dedicated Elementary Teacher Overseas

      elementaryteacher.wordpress.com

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      Cory Zacharia 10 years ago

      Congratulations, SunSeven!

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      prakash 10 years ago

      are indian will drink indian many beers in the market but a beer not sour is a cold drink only a REAL beer drinker will know no hard feelings to all your fans who write to you just to praise your hubs

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 10 years ago from Tumkur

      Dear Sunny,

      Congrats on your century hit.Perhaps you are the first Indian and one of the few in this great hub community to do such enormous labour on hubs. The quality of your hubs is also good. Perhaps you have highest number of fans in this community. May your life be full of grace!

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      J.T. 10 years ago

      The tutankahmen beer looks rather tasty, it almost got me thirsty, and by the way it´s a fantastic hub

      best to you

      J.T.

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      Madhusudhan 10 years ago

      Dear SunSeven,

      Congrats on your century (100). and thanks for your on-the-house beer. Your article was very informative, however my comments are as follows:

      Why drink beer?

      Who ever thought there would be health benefits to drinking beer? Well, there is! Studies have revealed that beer can produce the same benefits as drinking wine. Whether you prefer ales, lagers, stout, bitter or wheat beers, studies show that one drink a day for women or up to two drinks a day for men will reduce your chances of strokes, heart and vascular disease. It’s no secret that the stroke is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of serious, long-term disabilities.

      What’s interesting is that it was proven that those who drank one beer a week compared to those who drank one beer a day experienced no variance in reducing stroke risks. It is said that light to moderate drinkers will decrease their chances of suffering a stroke by 20%. A researcher at the Texas Southwestern Medical Center (May 1999) reported that those who consume moderate amounts of beer (one to two a day at the most) have a 30-40% lower rate of coronary artery disease compared to those who don’t drink. Beer contains a similar amount of ‘polyphenols’ as red wine and 4-5 times as many polyphenols as white wine. Alcohol has also been attributed of its ability to increase the amount of good HDL into the bloodstream as well as help to decrease blood clots. Beer also contains vitamin B6, which prevents the build-up of amino acid called homocysteine that has been linked toheart disease. Those of us who have high levels of homocysteine are usually more prone to an early onset of heart and vascular disease. Also noted was the fact that those who drank beer experienced a 30% increase in vitamin B6 in their blood plasma, thereby proving that beer (in moderation) is actually healthier to drink than wine and other liquor.

      Did you know? Beer is nutritious if consumed in moderation, that beer is fat-free and cholesterol free? beer has a relaxing effect on the body thereby reducing stress. It can help you sleep better, it helps prevent heart disease and improves the blood circulation, it has proven to have positive effects on elderly people. It helps to promote blood vessel dilation, sleep, and urination.

      An average beer contains, 0mg of cholesterol , 0g of fat, 13g of carbohydrate, 25mg of sodium, protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus and vitamin B, B2, and B6 Beer in cooking is deeply rooted in Western Europe. Beer is incomparable as a cooking tool. With its unique flavors and versatilities is it unmatched. Due to the fact that alcohol has a much lower boiling temperature than water, it evaporates quickly while cooking your recipe and thereby only leaves the characteristic taste of the beer. Some ways to use beer in cooking are as follows: Marinades for beef – both tenderizes and adds flavor. Used as a substitute for water in different soups and stocks – adds much more flavor to your recipes. Used in batters for fried foods. Added to gravies to spice up the taste. Used as a cooking base/liquid for steaming foods (sausages, shellfish, clams, etc.) Just remember when cooking with beer, keep your beer’s primary taste in mind. Malty beers add a sweet/nutty taste while hop lagers can add a bitter/ herbal flavor. Beer increases in bitterness as it reduces to use a sweeter/malty beer when cooking for long periods of time. Now after reading all this ‘good stuff’ on beer, this isn’t to say that you should go out and get ‘boozed up’ because it’s good for you! Obviously the key, as was mentioned earlier, is moderation. Drinking in excess of these guidelines has been associated with an increased risk of several serious health ailments, such as cancer, high blood pressure, and liver disease. Be warned that drinking over moderation can lead to liver damage, dangers of drunk driving, and damage to fetuses of pregnant women who are drinking…just to name a few. THE HEALTH RISKS OF BEER It’s no secret that high levels of fat accumulated on the body is unhealthy and can cause serious illness over time. An article in the London Times reports that fat that collects around the internal organs to form the typically male beer belly will also find its way into the bloodstream and in turn, raise your cholesterol levels. This leads to heart and vascular disease and strokes. Moderation is key here, as it is in all things. Beer is a wholesome drink that is made from natural ingredients, but like anything that is overused or overly consumed into the body, it, too, can cause damage and become dangerous for us. For moderate drinkers, beer can be nutritious.

      ‘Beer, if drank in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health.’

      Regards,

      Madhusudhan

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      SunSeven 10 years ago from Singapore / India

      Thank you Paraglider. Certainly I would like to try different brews.

      Also, as you said, 'Raise The Bar'! :) Of course you deserve credit for it. I even posted in the forum asking how it was done, as I liked that tweak very much.

      Best Regards

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      Dave McClure 10 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      Hi SunSeven -

      There are also some excellent fruit beers brewed in some of Belgium's Trappist Monestaries. Not really my taste, but fun to try.

      Thanks for the 'credit' regarding design. You've taken my thin red line to new heights with these colourful section dividers. Raising the bar - how appropriate for a beer hub. Congrats again - Paraglider

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      Veronica 10 years ago from NY

      Congratulations on 100!

      You could try putting something into your beer to sweeten it. In Ireland for example, many pubs will put black currant juice into your pint of Guiness (as long as you're a lass.) The sweet fruit really addresses the bitterness of the beer. It's surprisingly delicious.

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      SunSeven 10 years ago from Singapore / India

      Thank you ervin. Actually I forgot to mention Oktoberfest.