Beer Can Be a Better Pain Reliever Than Tylenol

As if you needed another reason to grab a cold one, a new study suggests having a few beers relieves your pain better than popping some over the counter painkillers.

The study, led by Dr. Trevor Thompson from the University of Greenwich, and published in The Journal of Pain, found that raising your blood alcohol content to the legal limit of .08%, or about three or four beers deep, elevates your pain threshold significantly. This was according to a meta-analysis of 18 different studies looking at the effect of different dosages of alcohol on subject pain response.

Based on the research, Thompson says alcohol is an effective analgesic (or pain reliever) that “delivers clinically-relevant reductions in ratings of pain intensity,” which probably isn’t too surprising if you’ve ever been in a bar fight or taken a drunken tumble. Not much hurts when you’re three sheets to the wind. What is surprising, however, is that the pain relieving power of alcohol was actually shown to be more powerful than paracetamol, or what’s more commonly known as acetaminophen or Tylenol.

Now, this doesn’t mean you should knock back a six-pack every time you have a headache, but it does highlight an oft-overlooked positive aspect of alcohol consumption. Of course, if you drink too much, you’re really just postponing pain until the next morning.

Why April 7 is National Beer Day

Friday, April 7, is National Beer Day, which commemorates April 7, 1933, the day that the Cullen-Harrison Act was enacted.

It was signed into law by President Franklin Roosevelt on March 22, 1933.

The law allowed for the legal sale of low-alcohol beer in the United States, several months before Prohibition was completely repealed.

Roosevelt made his famous remark upon signing the legislation: “I think this would be a good time for a beer,” noting the end to the nation’s 13-year-long dry spell.

The low-alcohol beer that the act allowed could have alcohol by volume of as high as 4 percent.

Lower-alcohol beer is the biggest seller in the U.S. today.

“By far the largest segment of beer today is the light beer segment and has an average ABV (alcohol by volume) of about 4.2 percent,” Jim McGreevy of the D.C.-based nonprofit Beer Institute.

The beer business is big business in the U.S. today.

“Beer across the country is a $253 billion contributor to the U.S. economy, and the amount of beer sold in the U.S. each year could fill the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool over a thousand times,” McGreevy said.

There are more than 4,000 active breweries in the United States, and the Beer Institute said roughly 1.75 million Americans have jobs as a result of the American beer industry. Those jobs contribute nearly $79 billion in wages and benefits each year to the U.S. economy.

The beer business is big enough that it registers about 1.5 percent of the nation’s total gross domestic product.

The most rapid growth in the past decade has been the number of craft brewers. The number of small and independent craft brewers in the U.S. is at a record high.

According to the Brewers Association, based in Boulder, Colorado, craft brewers have seen double-digit growth in eight of the last 10 years.

Nearly 2,400 of the nation’s active breweries are classified as microbreweries, and craft brewers now hold a 12 percent share of the overall beer industry’s market.

Thirsty Thursday: Order Beer At Home Just By Yelling At An Alexa Device

All of this connected home technology is great, but when will it do something useful and bring me a beer without me having to leave the couch? While it hasn’t quite reached the couch yet, you can restock your fridge with beer by speaking to an Alexa-enabled device. The suite of services are built around Miller Lite.

This comes courtesy of a booze-ordering platform called Drizly, which operates in 40 cities and delivers your order within an hour. AdAge reports that the company has worked with Amazon and MillerCoors to create a voice-activated app for Alexa devices that’s called, of course, Miller Time. For the speakerless, there’s a beer button, based on an Amazon Dash button, that lets Drizly customers re-order Miller Lite. Drizly has its own button for your regular orders, too.

Why Miller Lite? The company is looking at these services as a marketing opportunity. Miller isn’t alone: AB InBev is also using Alexa to promote its light beer, with an app that coaches users through a workout that burns 95 calories, the amount in a Michelob Ultra beer.

“Consumers are expecting a frictionless shopping experience across every area of their lives and we’re working to make it easier for legal drinking age consumers to get their hands on a beer through several testable areas,” the senior manager of digital marketing and media at MillerCoors said in a statement.

How long until commercial drone flight is viable and I’m able to order a beer that’s delivered right into my hand from an app? That’s what I want to know.

Don’t Be A Poser… Drink These Beers Tomorrow…

Ireland is beautiful country. It’s rich with rolling green fields, grazing sheep, and automobiles hugging tight windy curves. There’s also bajillion little dreamy pubs, warm and cozy, where thirsty patrons congregate to drink, chat and listen to small three-piece bands comprised of a hand drum, violin and a guitar. And most importantly, they can drink Irish beer without irony on St. Paddy’s Day unlike the rest of us slobs. Here are seven of the best Irish beers that you can enjoy on March 17 without feeling like an imposter in bright green attire.

Smithwick’s Irish Ale

If you take one lesson rom this list, let it be this: this beer is pronounced Smitt’icks. Not Smith-wicks. Okay? Take a moment and just internalize that. Okay, got it? This ale is easy drinking and a favorite of Irish townspeople from Dublin to Killarney.

Murphy’s Irish Stout

When you think of a stout, you often think of something one step away from a rye loaf. But Murphy’s is softer, fluffy and sweet. While the brewery is considered one of the Big Three in Ireland, it’s making headway in the States.

Killian’s Irish Red

Originally brewed in Ireland in 1864, the beer is named after George Killian Lett. It’s a perfectly balanced red, dry with a kick of hops, that, when compared to most reds, leaves you satisfied and not thinking you just ate candy.

Irish Death

This one’s strong (7.8%). It has to be to live up to its playful name. This dark ale — is it more of a Stout? A Red Ale? Who cares, it’s delicious! — is just plain good. And while the beer isn’t from Ireland (it’s made by Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg, WA), it offers a loving nod to the world’s most renowned drinkers.

Harp Lager

Classic. Leave it to the Irish to create a delicious beer for the people. Harp is everywhere in Ireland and with good reason. It’s crisp, flavorful and damn near perfect.

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

Killkenney is one of those Irish towns with pubs on ever block and music flying out every window. The Irish Cream Ale is velvety and puts a smile on your face like a delicate violin solo.


No surprise here. The world’s most famous Irish beer is dark, creamy but lighter in ABV (only 4.1%) and don’t let anyone else tell you it’s not! If you get a chance to travel to Dublin, check out the Guinness brewery. The top floor is a view to remember.

Thirsty Thursday: How Many People You Need At A Super Bowl Party To Make A Keg Worthwhile

If you’re planing a big party or game day extravaganza, you might ask yourself if it’s more economical to buy a beer keg instead of a few cases. Here’s a simple rule of thumb you can use to find out.

Kegs of beer are appealing because they provide a lot of beer for less, you don’t end up with a bunch of cans and bottles lying around, and you don’t have to make room in your fridge for everybody’s six-pack. Still, you probably don’t need one at your Super Bowl party. As Allison Russo at The Kitchn explains, a standard beer keg in the U.S. comes in at about 15.5 gallons, which is roughly equal to 165 12-ounce bottles of beer. That’s about four beers for 41 people, or eight beers for 20. That’s a lot of beer.

Most parties won’t need that much, but if you’re hosting an all-day gathering for a large group of people it could still be worth it—especially if you get a quarter barrel keg instead. But honestly, if you have less than 35 people coming over, you should probably just pick up a few cases. You’ll get more variety anyway.

Recipe of the Week: Chicken Pasta in a Beer Mustard Pan Sauce


  • 3 chicken cutlets, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 Tbs. oil
  • 4 Tbs. butter, divided
  • 1 (8.8 oz) package of pappardelle pasta (about half a pound)
  • 1 cup of beer
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • juice from half a lemon
  • 1 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 2 cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • about a half cup of chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper


  1. Heat the oil and 1 Tbs. of butter in a medium skillet. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper, and sear until you get some nice browning, about 3 minutes per side. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
  2. Back in the pan, melt 2 more Tbs. of butter. Add the beer, Dijon, lemon juice, brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Whisk until it’s all combined and let reduce for about 3 minutes. Add the broccoli and let it simmer another couple of minutes.
  3. In the meantime, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pappardelle pasta until al dente, about 7 minutes. (or whatever the packaging says) Using tongs, transfer the pasta to the skillet and toss in the sauce.
  4. Add the chicken back to the pan, along with the parsley. And maaaaybe that last Tbs. of butter. Toss it all together, and taste it. Is the sauce just right to you? Does it need a little more lemon? Maybe some fresh black pepper? Just doctor it until it’s perfect.

Thirsty Thursday: Sriracha-lada Recipe


  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Dos Equis Special Mexican Lager
  • Lime wheel garnish
  • salt rimmed pint glass


  1. Combine 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons Sriracha, and 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce in a salt-rimmed pint glass filled with ice. Top off with Dos Equis Special Lager. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Thirsty Thursday: The Latest Holiday Craze… Pop-Up Bars

Now you see it. Now you don’t.

That’s how it is for pop-up stores, which fill a space for a short time and then pack up and close for good or move to another location. This holiday’s biggest pop-up trend is the pop-up cocktail bar, complete with winter themed drinks. Many of them have a charitable component, making doing good as easy as drinking something good.

A Midwinter’s Night Dream, New York City

The regular hotel bar inside NYC’s NYLO hotel on the Upper West Side is popping up as a Shakespearian/holiday themed bar with drinks like Puck’s Shadow and the Nymph’s Nectar made with gin, passionfruit, grapefruit and lime. The dream ends on Jan. 1 and when hotel guests wake up on Jan. 2, the hotel bar will go back to being just a hotel bar.

Miracle on Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh

This little Miracle is part of the franchise of Miracle pop-up cocktail holiday bars with locations in Paris, Athens, New York City, Atlanta, Seattle, and of course Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Some of the proceeds from Miracle go to charity, according to CBS Local. Festive drink’s like this Snowball Old Fashioned made with bourbon, Becherovka, spiced syrup and Angostura bitters are accompanied by simple foods like bologna sandwiches and fries. The pop-up holiday cocktail bar closes New Year’s Eve.

Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shack, New York City

Warmer weather is what patrons of Sippin’ Santa’s Surf Shop in the East Village in New York City want for the holidays. Through Dec. 24, drinks like Hawaiian Milk Punch made with bourbon set a tropical mood. You can even watch beach movies from the ’60s.

Christmas Village, Philadelphia

And some pop-ups go the more traditional route. The pop-up Christmas Village at City Hall in Philadelphia features authentic European food, ornaments and arts & crafts from all over the world. This temporary village also serves mulled wines from the local Chaddsford Winery served in Christmas Village collectors mugs. The Christmas Village runs through Dec. 24.

Thirsty Thursday: Funky Buddha Maya’s Mango Mojito

We don’t know what it is about breweries in Florida, but a lot of them seem to put out extremely unique brews. Leading that charge is Funky Buddha, whose latest release is a blonde ale that is meant to taste like a mango mojito. It’s tropical. It’s refreshing. It has a nice lime bite. If you’re looking for a beer that helps you forget about the coming winter months, this is it.

Beers That Taste Like Your Favorite Halloween Candies

What was your prized candy during your trick-or-treating days? Reese’s? Almond Joy? Stale-ass pretzels from the weird neighbor no one talked to? Or worse, Good ‘N Plenty? Your candy hunting days may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take your preferences over to something more adult oriented—drinking beer. That’s why we’ve figured out the perfect beer for you to enjoy based on your favorite Halloween candy. Crack a few after the trick-or-treaters are done.

Candy: Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar

Beer: Terrapin Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout

For the chocolate fiend uninterested in pointless additions of nuts and nugget, Hershey’s classic is the way to go. In the beer world, you’d be happy with Terrapin’s Moo-Hoo Chocolate Milk Stout. Thanks to the cocoa nibs, cocoa shells, and lactose that went into the creation of the beer, it possesses that same sweet taste and creamy mouthfeel as your favorite candy bar.

Candy: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Beer: DuClaw Sweet Baby Jesus

We’d like to start this by urging you to track down Sweet Baby Jesus on tap—it’s a whole other beer. But if you can’t make the trip to Maryland, and your local watering hole has never received a keg, the bottles will do fine—they’re just not quite as good. The aroma alone will conjure up images of those orange packages. While the chocolate is more of the bitter variety, the peanut butter shines like your favorite saucer-shaped treat.

Candy: SweeTarts

Beer: Dogfish Head Festina Pêche

A well-made Berliner Weisse mimics a lot of what you love about SweeTarts—they can be tart and sweet at the same time. Dogfish Head’s Festina Pêche is one of our summertime staples, and it will make you pucker up just enough to remind you of some of your favorite candy.

Candy: Junior Mints

Beer: Perennial Artisan Ales 17

Like to get your chocolate fix with a cool blast of mint on the side? 17 is what you need to be drinking. Like a handful of Junior Mints, the imperial stout from Perennial Artisan Ales delivers the chocolate and the mint. Brewed with chocolate malts, cacao nibs, and mint leaves, the beer is like an alcoholic version of Kramer’s hospital snack.

Candy: Charleston Chews

Beer: Southern Tier Créme Brûlée

We know there are other Charleston Chew flavors, but we’re talking about the classic vanilla, which comes in the iconic yellow wrapper. If you dig them—frozen or not—you’d enjoy a warming pour of Southern Tier’s outrageously decadent Créme Brûlée stout. The beer is super sweet and packed with vanilla. In fact, it’s more of a dessert than a beer, so save some room.

Candy: Mounds or Almond Joy

Beer: Oskar Blues Death by Coconut

Set to return in November, Oskar Blues’s Death by Coconut is the closest you’ll get to satisfying your desire for a Mounds or an Almond Joy in liquid form. While a little roastiness enters into the equation, you still get that sweet chocolate and plenty of coconut.

Candy: Milky Way

Beer: Breakside Salted Caramel Stout

For chocolate and a dose of sticky, sweet caramel, Breakside’s Salted Caramel Stout delivers in spades. The sea salt added to the beer helps those flavors pop and bring to mind your favorite candy bar. You’ll pick up a lot of that caramelized sugar on the nose, and each sip seems laced with cavity-filling caramel.

Candy: Smarties

Beer: Short’s Strawberry Short’s Cake

You’re not going to find a beer that can replicate the chalkiness of a roll of Smarties, but for that straight fruity sugar taste, you can’t do better than this brew from Short’s. Meant to taste like a piece of strawberry short cake, the 5% ABV brew made with strawberries and milk sugar happens to also taste like your favorite little candy tablets.

Candy: Heath Bar

Beer: Wells Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale

Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale from Charles Wells isn’t our favorite beer, but, then again, the Heath bar isn’t our favorite candy bar. If you reach for a Heath, consider a glass of a beer packed with the same toffee sweetness. We do highly recommend taking a whiff of a freshly poured pint, if nothing else.