Why am I posting the label of the Milk Stout from Farmville, N.C.’s Duck-Rabbit Brewery? Because they are doing yeoman’s work in helping reduce their customers’ risk of heart attack.

That is according to new research that finds that “stout may help prevent heart attacks“:

University researchers in the US claim that drinking a pint of the black stuff each day may be as effective in preventing heart attacks as an aspirin because it can reduce heart clots.

Trials at the University of Wisconsin used dogs with narrowed arteries similar to those in people with heart disease to compare effects of drinking stout with those of drinking lager.

They found Guinness reduced clotting activity but lager did not.

The research concluded that the ?antioxidant compounds? found in Guinness are similar to those found in certain fruits and vegetables, making the stout work as well as aspirin in the prevention of heart clots.

The researchers said that the most benefit they saw was from taking 24 fluid ounces of Guinness – just over a pint – at meal times. …

The article focuses on Guinness, perhaps the world’s most famous stout, and indeed it’s a hearty draught. I bring up Duck-Rabbit’s Milk Stout because it’s a tasty concoction that I prefer even to Guinness. And below is my favorite, from North Coast Brewing Co. in Fort Bragg, California: