Free Peanuts at each table

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Why peanuts go with beer.

While visiting our bar you may have noticed that we have free peanuts. But have you ever wondered why? The answer: Science.

There are four main ingredients in beer: water, barley, yeast, and hops.
The ingredient to focus on here is hops. These flowers used to make beer contain the acids that give beer flavor, aroma and bitterness. They also act as a preservative.

Humans have evolved to dislike the sensation of bitterness – this trait keeps us from ingesting things that could kill us. Somehow, sodium chloride (salt) blocks the sensation of bitterness.

Don’t believe us?  grab a piece of rhubarb. Uncooked it is ridiculously bitter – until you add salt. The flavors completely change, it becomes much sweeter.

But it takes more than salt for beer to go down easily. There’s another element at work here: tannins. They are a by-product of the brewing/fermentation process and don’t have much flavor. Instead, they create a feeling a astringency (almost like a drying sensation in the back of your mouth). Fat counteracts this by lubricating your mouth.

So grab a fistful of fat and salt and sling back a cold brew at the Wobbly Bobby.

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