Must-Read: How To Drink Without Getting Drunk
We love drinking, we really do. But one thing that we do not love, in the least, is when we get all sorts of wasted when we really need to be focused and together. Whether that’s at the happy hour with the work folk, or maybe out on a date, or just out at teh bar with some buds, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to be walking around and acting stupid if you can help it. But if we like drinking, how do we keep from getting drunk?
And so today we’re heading over to Esquire where they have a fullproof way to go about drinking like crazy without getting hammered. And they have their tip from the man himself, Jim Koch, the president of Sam Adams Beer. The secret:
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.
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About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.