What is Beer?
Having a nice, cold beer in hand complements most occasions—be it a barbecue, college party, baseball game or night on the couch. There’s nothing quite like cracking open a bottle on a hot day or enjoying a few pints at the corner bar with friends. And with the amount of options increasingly coming to the beer market, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like any kind of beer. But, what exactly is it? And how is it made? We’re here to tell you the absolute basics about the brewski.
-An alcoholic beverage brewed from cereal grains.
-The grain Barley is most often used.
-Typically falls within the 3%-13% ABV range.
A Brief History:
Beer has been around for awhile. Records show that during the construction of the Great Pyramids of Giza, workers were provided with several liters of beer a day to sustain them.
However, hops were not introduced to beer until the ninth century.
Beer was a central caloric source for many cultures, such as in sixteenth-century Ireland where it was considered “as much of a dietary staple as bread”
Ale VS. Lager:
We’ve all seen the episode of Friends when Ross and Mike awkwardly try and find out the difference between the two. Here are the main distinctions:
-The Yeast: lager use a bottom-fermenting yeast (Saccharomyces Uvarum.), ales use top-fermenting yeast (Saccharomyces Cerevisia)
-Ales tend to be hoppier, cloudier and darker, while lagers are lighter, smoother and sweeter.
-Lagers tend to have a lower alcohol content
This is an unbelievably brief description of the most popular alcoholic drink in the world. We’ll get much more in-depth into the world of beer in future posts.