The hope is that I’ll feel full of health and vitality by the time the party season sweeps me up; able to dance until the early hours in a dress which doesn’t pinch at me all night.
Such beers have been twice fermented – at the brewery and then in the bottle – with the second fermentation strengthening the beer and resulting in sharper, drier flavours.
The second fermentation uses a separate strain of yeast to the one traditionally used by brewers, creating acids which are poisonous to harmful bacteria.
As reported by The Telegraph, gut bacteria expert from Amsterdam University, Professor Eric Claassen said:
You are getting a stronger beer that is very, very healthy. We don’t want to give people a licence to drink more beer. Those of us who advocate good health know it’s very difficult for people to stop at one.
In high concentrations alcohol is bad for the gut but if you drink just one of these beers every day it would be very good for you.
Once inside our guts, probiotic – or ‘good’ bacteria – cleverly destroy ‘bad’ bacteria with links to illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease and bowel cancer.
This doesn’t mean you have an excuse to sip down daily pints of Hoegaarden like water – alcohol should of course always be consumed in moderation.