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Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

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Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby GBaxter » Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:01 pm

Why do you (seriously or humorously) consider Whisky and any other spirits you
also greatly admire, to be so much better to drink than beer ?
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby Ganga » Tue Jan 04, 2011 4:07 pm

A few things leap to mind. First, whisky doesn't take up space in the refrigerator. Second, bottles are typically displayable which I can't say for most beers. Three, you don't need to drink the whole bottle "immediately" upon opening.
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby igneous » Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:12 pm

Bang for the buck. Zero carbs.
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby Willie JJ » Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:33 pm

Whisky much more accurately reflects the image of the debonair sophisticate that is me.
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby The Third Dram » Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:46 pm

Ganga wrote:...whisky doesn't take up space in the refrigerator...


... or as much space in one's bladder.

But mostly, it's the warmth & intensity factor.
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby johan brugge » Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:34 pm

I don't think it's far superior. It's far more complex, yes. But I can appreciate a good trappist beer just as much as a good whisky.
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby Ganga » Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:54 pm

Sounds to me like Johan needs to start a new thread: Why do you consider beer to be far superior to whisky. :P Hmm, maybe we well start that thread as I find the reasoning people use interesting and sometimes fun.
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby Yello to Mello » Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:31 am

I don't.
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby robbi@laurenson.com » Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:56 am

igneous wrote:Bang for the buck. Zero carbs.

Unfortunately not so - alcohol does contain calories and breaks down very quickly into sugars (carbs). In fact, while there is alcohol in your system your metabolism will prioritize it over any other form of energy. It is the 'uber carb'.
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby igneous » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:26 pm

i believe this is incorrect as it is sugars that break down into ethyl alcohol (ethanol) as part of a fermentation or distillation process. the body's metabolic process does not convert the ethyl alcohol back into sugars/carbohydrates upon consumption (all the "-ose" is gone). it is true that one's metabolism will first utilize alcohol over carbs and proteins. this is why one can drink distilled spirits (sans sugary mixers) and eat a balanced or low carb diet and maintain normal weight. i for one strength train and run stairs (5 days a week) and can drink 1-2oz whisky per night without weight impact.
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby dramtastic » Wed Jan 05, 2011 8:46 pm

Not zero carbs for Whisky but still a lot better than beer. In the old Weight Watchers guide a measure of spirits(and as far as I know that was any spirit) was equal to 1 point(0 points meaning no 0 fat and 0 sugar). A glass of beer started around 4 points and went up from there. Their point system has changed slightly but the ratio between spirits and beer has remained the same.
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby robbi@laurenson.com » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:39 pm

igneous wrote:i believe this is incorrect as it is sugars that break down into ethyl alcohol (ethanol) as part of a fermentation or distillation process. the body's metabolic process does not convert the ethyl alcohol back into sugars/carbohydrates upon consumption (all the "-ose" is gone). it is true that one's metabolism will first utilize alcohol over carbs and proteins. this is why one can drink distilled spirits (sans sugary mixers) and eat a balanced or low carb diet and maintain normal weight. i for one strength train and run stairs (5 days a week) and can drink 1-2oz whisky per night without weight impact.

That's correct, the actual chemistry is a bit complicated - I believe alcohol participates in the synthesis of ATP which is the body's form of available energy. The point is there's calories in hard alcohol and many people are misinformed because it's 'low carb'.
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby GBaxter » Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:46 pm

Good discussion, but please don't bother about biochemical reasons.
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby AdamMY » Fri Jan 07, 2011 2:25 am

It lacks the utterly horrible and disgusting flavor of Hops. Granted there are what I consider "good" beers which use hops sparingly if at all.

I would much rather have alcohol burn than overwhelming bitterness induced by many well regarded American Beers.

But that being said I love aromas so the fact that whisky usually has a giant bang for your buck in terms of aroma complexity and strength, it gets my vote.
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Re: Whay do you consider Whisky to be far superior to beer ?

Postby Pure Pot Head » Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:11 pm

"i for one strength train and run stairs (5 days a week) and can drink 1-2oz whisky per night"

1 or 2 onces a night. Hmm. That's hardly going to pile on the pouinds is it? One large one??
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