Beer is harder to make than wine, and better for you as well, according to a professor of brewing science.


Charles Bamforth chairs the Department of  Food Science & Technology at the  University of California, Davis, where he is also the a Professor of Brewing Science. A native Englishman, he also worked previously as a quality control manager for Bass Ale. But he still has a high regard for the light American lagers that are often disparaged by beer drinkers who prefer a heartier brew.

The so-called "beer belly" is another unjust and disparaging characterization that demeans the noble beverage. Bamforth explains why in the clip audio below.


 Bamforth's  recent book  Grape Vs. Grain compares the history, making, and health benefits of beer and wine.


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