Drink Up America: Why Beer Is Good!

Drink Up America: Why Beer Is Good!

Beer has so many positives for Americans, so grab a friend and get to your local brewery.

Throughout the United States millions of people drink beer every day. Despite negative ideas about drinking, beer is a beverage that has many positives. These positives need to be brought to light for the world to see (especially the haters). Some already know how beer can be good for you or inspire networking, so it is time to make sure everyone knows.

1. It's a social tool.

First of all, beer can be used as a very good social tool. Whether it is for a business meeting, a night out at the bar with friends, or simply getting to know somebody, beer is used for many social activities.

2. It's a cultural staple.

Beer is cultural within the United States. It has become the staple drink of tailgates and barbecues, one of the glorious drinks at a college frat party, and it is a common drink at many great American sporting events. Since the 1600s, there has been some form of brewing and beer in the United States. Since then, the multi-billion dollar industry has taken off and is one of the most popular and cheap alcoholic beverages.

3. There are health benefits.

While some people joke about the adverse effects of drinking beer, like the infamous beer-belly, some studies point towards beer having some health benefits. For example, according to Men’s Health, beer can help prevent type 2 Diabetes, lower blood pressure, and increase bone density.

4. It's liquid courage.

Another common joke is that when people drink an alcoholic beverage, they get liquid courage. Here is another positive of beer. It makes humans feel good and it boosts their natural sense of confidence. This leads to more socializing, better self-esteem, and of course, some wild beer pong table dunks.

5. Craft brewing is a buzzing industry.

Craft brewing is also a benefit of beer. It has become a hobby for the beer enthusiasts and a small industry for little brewing companies. In 2015, craft brewing was a 22.3 billion dollar industry with majority of it being domestic.

6. There is a fit for everyone.

With craft brewing and many big name beer companies coming out with different styles and flavors of beer, the beer industry has become very fitting for anyone. There is a beer out there for everyone’s identity.

7. It's economical.

Lastly, beer creates many economic benefits. In 2014, the brewing business put 400,000 jobs into the economy and also added 55 billion dollars to United States’ businesses. According to economists, as craft beer continues to grow throughout the nation, it pushes other breweries to develop better brews as well and this also helps to stimulate the economy. Basically, to improve the economy, all we need to do as Americans is drink up...that is, if you are of age!

Cover Image Credit: Paphos Beer Festival

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3 Popular Instant Coffee Brands That You Will Probably End Up Settling For When Starbucks Is Just Too Expensive

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Coffee is energizing, aromatic (structurally, as well), and pairs nicely with a book at the end of the day. Or in the morning. Or during the post-exam-dash-back-home-to-drink-more-coffee in that one hour break, I have between classes. Anytime is a good time to drink coffee. At least it is for me.

But being a caffeine addict, on top of having a small food budget and busy schedule, means I normally "settle" for the instant, just-add-water variety. I tried several brands until I finally encountered one that was acceptable to me.

Yes, I know I am a spoiled coffee snob.

Here are my thoughts on three popular and low-cost brands of instant coffee on the market.

1. Folgers

Leaves a slimy texture reminiscent of hair conditioner. The scent coming off a cup of Folgers conjures up images of old batteries. My opinion is especially significant, considering the fact that I have fewer-than-average taste buds on my tongue- meaning that I should theoretically be less sensitive to bitter, strong flavors than the average person.

The oily black residue this solution leaves behind makes me feel uncomfortable. However, this brand is usually the cheapest in my grocery store, and I'm sure adding tons of cream and sugar will cover up any of the flavors.

2. Maxwell House

Has an unoffensive yet unremarkable flavor, doesn't have much body in the flavor. Smells like cardboard pieces that have been boiled in water, with a hint of a coffee taste. Pairs nicely with a bagel though.

3. Nescafe Taster's Choice

I've stuck with this one because the flavor just falls short of richness. Also, adding triple the amount of the suggested coffee-to-water ratio makes for a hearty coffee with the proper bitterness that I'm accustomed to. This instant coffee brand is generally more expensive than the other two, though.

Despite my words, which partially come from a grumpiness induced by sleep deprivation- without instant coffee, I would be half as competent as I am now (for what that's worth).

Also, everyone obviously has different flavor perceptions. So take my criticism with a grain of instant coffee.

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The Official Ranking Of Villanova's Dining Halls

The Exchange was my biggest discovery of first semester.

One of the biggest adjustments for most college freshman is eating at dining halls and learning to eat what is offered. I’ve come to appreciate Villanova’s dining options, because there is no denying that there is an option for everyone. So whether you are a prospective Villanovan or an alumnus, I’m sure you’ll find this list to speak the truth.

1. The Exchange

This place was without a doubt my biggest discovery of first semester. Since I am not a business student, this incredible eatery in Bartley was foreign to me at first. The Exchange offers made-to-order fresh sandwiches and hot dinners of delicious dishes. You can always find this spot crowded at lunchtime and the tables around it packed. The downside of the Exchange is that they only accept food points or the Exchange upgrade meal plan. So if you enjoy this spot, make sure to save up your points!

2. Café Nova

A popular lunch option for most students, Café Nova offers different stations to cater to many different tastes. From burrito bowls, to sandwiches, to pizzas, this dining option is among my favorites, as it’s usually quick to get your meal and consistently delicious. The outdoor seating at Cova is also a plus during the spring and fall. As for meal plans, Cova accept MPEs only, but doesn’t require a specific upgrade like The Exchange.

3. The Spit

Located on the freshman South Campus, the Spit is one of Nova’s all-you-can-eat dining halls. The Spit offers the same daily hot meals as The Pit, but what sets it apart is the pasta, deli, and stir-fry stations each night for those who aren’t interested in the hot meal. The quesadillas and made-to-order pasta are just some of the reasons why sophomores find themselves missing The Spit immediately. There is also a ton of study space that makes it a popular spot late at night for students to socialize and get work done as well as hold events.

4. The Pit

The main all-you-can-eat dining option on main campus is The Pit, located in the basement of Dougherty Hall. The Pit often offers better desserts than The Spit, but other than that it cannot compare to the immense food stations at its counterpart. While definitely a good option for someone on main campus all day, The Pit’s selections are limited to the hot meal of the day and maybe one food station like a stir-fry bar. A plus is that The Pit’s salad bar is often stocked and full of choices!

5. Belle Air Terrace

Ranking as my least favorite option, Belle Air Terrace is more of a fast food location. They offer an all day breakfast line as well as a deli line and a hot food line with burgers, fries, and chicken. This is not my go-to spot mostly because I find the options to be more limited than the other dining halls. Students do enjoy this spot, however, because it has giant TV screens showing sports games and is housed in our student center.

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