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Beer + Milk = Bilk! The difficult decision of whether to drink a beer or milk never has to be made again thanks to Bilk. The half-beer, half-milk drink was created to solve the ever-growing problem of what to do with extra milk.
Actually remains a mystery is exactly who first came up with the idea of adding milk to beer. This was actually a common practice — adding whole milk to beer and stouts in particular — that began in the United Kingdom during the 1800s, back when stouts were actually called “stout porters.” Milk beers were served at lunchtime to laborers for added strength to get through the day. As strange as it seems, it actually makes perfect sense as many cultures, such as the Maasai in Kenya, rely on milk as a staple food. The beer in this case was an added bonus.
In time, brewers began experimenting by adding milk directly to the fermentation stage and began touting these “milk stouts” as restorative beverages. Many claimed that every glass contained “the energizing carbohydrates of 10 ounces of pure dairy milk,” according to British historical records. By the turn of the 20th century, doctors even went so far to prescribe milk stouts as the cure for various ailments including to nursing mothers to increase their milk production.
However, the British government banned use of the term milk stout in 1946 to stem such unproven claims and to prevent any chance of the sweet beer finding its way into children’s hands. By that time there was not actually any milk in milk stouts as brewers had discovered how to produce and use lactose — or milk sugar — in the beer. One of the few survivors of that era is Mackeson’s XXX Stout, which has been produced since 1907. Mackeson’s XXX Stout was originally called Mackeson’s Milk Stout before regulations were enacted. A milk churn still adorns the label.
Bilk, the new beer produced by the Nakahara liquor shop in Japan, has media buzzing and cows mooing.
The shop’s owner, Chitoshi Nakahara, came up with the idea for beer made with milk after hearing about a milk surplus. The beer is about 30% milk, but reportedly looks and tastes like ordinary beer after fermentation. Some reports say the beer has a slightly milky odor and a fruity taste.
The delightful beverage was 70% beer and 30% milk and marketed toward the female population to try and interest them in the traditionally male drink.
|Bilk is considered as a healthy drink in the world. “Bilk” - a combination of “milk” and “beer” - is about 30 percent milk. It also contains hops, and the production process does not differ much from that of regular beer. Thus, there is one thing that is clear — the combination of the milk and stout makes for a fine beer that is rich and creamy, easy on the palate and low enough in alcohol content to enjoy more than one.|
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