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    How to Drink All Night Without Getting Drunk Jim Koch knows beer.

    How to Drink All Night Without Getting Drunk
    Jim Koch knows beer. He also knows a beer trick that may change your life.
    By Aaron Goldfarb


    APRIL 24, 2014
    259 Comments


    By Courtesy Boston Beer Company
    “That guy from the TV commercials!” That’s what they call him, either because they don’t know his name, or are by now too drunk to remember it. As the co-founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company, he has appeared in countless Sam Adams commercials over thirty years. And, while this always-smiling man is a regular guy like you and me while walking the street, the second he enters a bar Jim Koch becomes a celebrity.


    We met at a midtown Manhattan monstrosity called The Keg Room, where at least four people stopped Koch to say hello as we made our way to a table. One apologized for currently drinking something yellow and fizzy as opposed to a Boston Lager as we sat down.


    “So many beer lists are poorly arranged, but this is pretty nice,” Koch noted. “A good mix of styles, not just a bunch of IPAs like most bars have nowadays.”


    Seconds later, he learned that one of the two Sam Adams offerings on tap was their new IPA, Rebel. We ordered two, though there was another surprise: they arrived in shaker pint glasses, which "aren't right," he said. "You won’t get all the aromatics.”


    He reached in his bag and withdrew a Perfect Pint glass, the shapely, angle-rimmed piece of glassware his brewery helped design back in 2007 and sent the waiter back to the tap. “I always carry one with me,” he said. “You’ll see…”


    He was right – I did see. And then I saw a whole slew of beers almost magically appear on our table. Nitro stouts, sours, two big bottles from their Belgian-inspired Barrel Room Collection. That’s when Koch snapped into full salesman mode, enthusiastically talking about Brewing the American Dream, his brewery's micro-lending program which has helped over 300 food and beverage startups over the past half-decade. But as much as Koch likes to pitch his company, what the man really loves to do is drink beer.


    He popped the top on Tetravis, the brewery’s version of a Belgian quadruple. I had never had it before and was blown away by its freshness and bursting dark fruit flavors, atypical of most quads, which are usually muted due to aging and oxidation. Noticing my pleased reaction, Koch quickly moved to uncork the second bottle, a Belgian stout named The Thirteenth Hour.


    “I’m gonna be wasted before this interview is up!” I laughed.


    That's when things got dead serious for the first time all afternoon. Koch leaned in toward me, stared straight into my eyes, and whispered.


    "You wanna know my secret? How I can drink beer all night long and never get drunk?"


    In fact, I had always wondered that. Though this was the first time I’d ever formally met Koch, I’d “met” him in the past at a few beer festivals. Those sorts of events are always kind of Bacchanalian **** shows, with people imbibing dozens of beer samples in a short period and soon stumbling around large convention halls drunk of their asses. Brewers included. But not Koch, who I’d long noticed was always lucid, always able to hold court, and hold his own with those much younger than him. This billionaire brewing raconteur was doing likewise with me at 4 PM on a Thursday afternoon despite the fact we were both now several beers deep. So what was the secret?


    “Yeast!”


    “Yeast?”


    “Active yeast. Like you get at the grocery store.”


    Koch told me that for years he has swallowed your standard Fleischmann’s dry yeast before he drinks, stirring the white powdery substance in with some yogurt to make it more palatable.


    “One teaspoon per beer, right before you start drinking.”


    He’d learned the trick from his good friend “Dr. Joe,” a craft beer legend in his own right. Educated at Harvard with a troika of degrees (a BA, a JD, and an MBA), Koch is no slouch, but the late-Joseph Owades was a flat-out genius. With a PhD in biochemistry from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and an early job in the fermentation sciences department at Fleischmann’s, Owades probably knew more about fermentation and alcohol metabolism than perhaps any man who has ever lived. Koch calls him, in fact, “The best brewer who’s ever lived.” He used that immense knowledge to eventually become a consultant for most of the progenitors of America’s early craft brewing movement such as Anchor Brewing in San Francisco, New Amsterdam Brewing in New York, and, yes, the Boston Beer Company. There he became good friends with Koch, helped perfect Boston Lager, and passed on to Koch his little yeast secret.






    You see, what Owades knew was that active dry yeast has an enzyme in it called alcohol dehydrogenases (ADH). Roughly put, ADH is able to break alcohol molecules down into their constituent parts of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Which is the same thing that happens when your body metabolizes alcohol in its liver. Owades realized if you also have that enzyme in your stomach when the alcohol first hits it, the ADH will begin breaking it down before it gets into your bloodstream and, thus, your brain.


    “And it will mitigate – not eliminate – but mitigate the effects of alcohol!” Koch told me.


    In his final years Owades even patented a product called Prequel, an all-natural pill similarly designed to limit drunkenness. No companies wanted to deal with the potential liabilities of the product, and Owades died in 2005 at the age of 86.


    Of course, I had to honor my longtime hero Koch, and a new beer hero I’d just learned about in Owades, and try this trick myself. So the next day I grabbed a six-pack of beer and a packet of Fleischmann’s and went to work. The older I get, the more of a lightweight I surely become, but after shoveling down six teaspoons and tilting back six bottles I felt nothing more than a little buzzed. Koch told me he keeps a breathalyzer around at all times just to assure he’s never too drunk. He never is. And, though I had no tangible “proof,” besides the fact I was still awake, I was pretty sure I wasn’t all that drunk either. Forever more I’d be yet another guy discreetly carrying a white powder around at bars. I’d advise you do likewise.
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    I don't drink much beer. I would assume it works on alcohol in all forms?

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    According to the patent, yes.

    http://patents.justia.com/patent/6284244
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    .
    EXAMPLE I
    Eighty-eight milliliters of 80 proof vodka, diluted with 80 ml. of water are consumed by a young, 160 pound adult woman, within 5 minutes. The alcohol content in the breath, directly proportional to the blood alcohol level, is measured periodically until the level falls below 0.002%.
    The experiment is repeated, with the same woman, but this time, 2.5 g. of active dry bakers yeast is ingested followed by 88 ml. of 80 proof vodka diluted with 80 ml of water. The alcohol content in the breath is measured periodically.
    The results for both tests are shown in FIG. 1 and show the decrease in blood alcohol level caused by the yeast. The decrease, as measured by the areas under the curves in blood alcohol level - min. was 29%.
    EXAMPLE II
    The same tests, without and with the ingestion of 2.5 g. of active dry bakers yeast were done. This time the tests were run with a young, 155 pound adult man.
    The results for both tests are shown in FIG. 2. The decrease in blood alcohol level when the yeast was taken is clearly shown, and quantitatively demonstrated by the reduction in blood alcohol level-min. of 23% in the areas under the curves.
    EXAMPLE III
    A mature 170 pound adult man consumed 268 ml. of chardonnay wine, 13% alcohol by volume in 11 minutes. His blood alcohol level was measured periodically.
    The test was repeated, by the same man, but this time 2.5 g. of active dry vintners yeast was ingested just before the wine was consumed. The blood alcohol level was measured periodically.
    The results are shown in FIG. 3. The ingestion of the yeast lowered the peak level and decreased the area under the curve, in blood alcohol level-min. by 36%.
    EXAMPLE IV
    A mature, 170 pound woman performed the same tests as in Example III.
    The results are plotted in FIG. 4. The areas under the curve, in blood alcohol level-min., decreased by 21% when the yeast was taken just before the wine was consumed.
    EXAMPLE V
    Seven hundred and ten ml. (24 oz.) of a standard American beer (5% alcohol by volume) was consumed by a mature, 150 pound adult woman in 13 minutes, and then the blood alcohol level was measured periodically.
    The same woman ate 5.0 g. of active dry bakers yeast and then drank the same volume of the same beer. The blood alcohol was measured periodically.
    The results are shown in FIG. 5. The yeast reduced the area under the curve, in blood alcohol level-min., by 26%.
    EXAMPLE VI
    Twenty-four ounces of a standard American beer, the same as in Example V, was consumed by a mature, 140 pound adult man in 8 minutes. His blood alcohol level was measured periodically.
    The same amount of the same beer was consumed by the same man, except 2.5 g. of active dry bakers yeast was taken at the start of the beer drinking, which was finished in 14 minutes. Blood alcohol levels were measured periodically.
    The results of both tests are shown in FIG. 6. The area under the curve, in blood alcohol level-min., was reduced by 30% by the yeast.
    EXAMPLE VII
    Twenty-four ounces of a light beer, alcohol content 4.2% by volume, was consumed by a mature, 150 pound adult woman, after 3.0 g. of active dry brewers yeast was ingested, all in 15 min. The blood alcohol level was measured periodically.
    The same amount of the same beer was consumed by the same woman, but without any yeast.
    The results of both tests, are shown in FIG. 7. The area under the curve, in blood alcohol level-min. was reduced by 38% by the yeast.
    EXAMPLE VIII
    A mature, 155 pound adult man consumed 24 oz. of the same beer as in Example VII, right with the ingestion of 1.5 g. of active dry bakers yeast. His blood alcohol level was measured periodically.
    The above test was repeated, but without ingestion of any yeast.
    The results are shown in FIG. 8. The area under the curve, in blood alcohol level-min., was reduced by 38% when yeast was taken.
    Various changes may be made in the foregoing invention without departing from the spirit and scope thereof.
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    This thread title REALLY got my attention Interesting reading
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    Too bad I didn't know about this before a long Sunday Nikki Beach afternoon!
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    This is good info.

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