The morbid moralizers are always warning of impending doom when anything that tastes good is likely to be consumed by real folks. A pox on them. I always like it when there is evidence that something pleasurable might be good for you, too.
Evidently, beer, like the processor in your computer, has a small amount of silicon in it. Dietary silicon is a key ingredient for increasing bone mineral density, according to researchers from the Department of Food Science & Technology at the University of California. Pale ale has the most silicon, beer wise. Thus, pale ale is likely to build bones. Well, that and using them once in a while. Muscle activity is the only sure way to increase bone density.