What is beer?

  • (noun): A general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops.


Beer is the world's most widely consumed alcoholic beverage; it is the third-most popular drink overall, after water and tea. It is thought by some to be the oldest fermented beverage. Beer is produced by the saccharification of starch and fermentation of the resulting sugar. The starch and saccharification enzymes are often derived from malted cereal grains, most commonly malted barley and malted wheat. Unmalted maize and rice are widely used adjuncts to lighten the flavour because of their lower cost. The preparation of beer is called brewing. Most beer is flavoured with hops, which add bitterness and act as a natural preservative, though other flavourings such as herbs or fruit may occasionally be included.

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Beer Day
... Beer Day is the term applied to an event where a US Navy or Military Sealift Command vessel's personnel are issued and authorized to consume beer ...
United States Brewers' Association
... Association was adopted the previous name was the Lager-Beer Brewers Association ... Spanish-American War, Congress finally raised the tax on beer by $1 a barrel once again, a lobbying campaign was successful, and in 1902 the increase was ... The brewers were optimistic that beer was becoming the national drink and that "morality follows in the wake of malt liquors." The brewers supported the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, and at the 1908 ...
Goose Island Brewery - Products - Beer - One-time and Very Limited Release
... These are only some of beers that have been brewed at the Clybourn microbrewery ... Every Thursday the brewpub premieres a new beer to be served exclusively at their pub or at the Wrigleyville brewpub ... Willie's Small Beer, Bourbon County Coffee Stout, Fulton Wood, Honest Stout, Willow Street White Ale, John the Younger, Lake-Effect Lager, La Deuxieme, Demolition 1800, Dead Goat Porter, Lincoln Park Lager, English ...
Enterprise Inns - Operations
... They also operate (in most, but not all cases) what is known as a beer-tie ... tenants renting public houses from them are under contract to buy beer, ciders, RTD's and other alcoholic drinks from Enterprise Inns only ... as soft drinks, wines and spirits from Enterprise, although this is not as widespread as the beer tie ...
Beer, Devon - Notable People
... George Aston (1841–1911) died in Beer ... Richard Gush (1789–1858) was born in Beer ... Rowland Molony (born 1946) lives in Beer ...

Famous quotes containing the word beer:

    prohibition makes you
    want to cry
    into your beer and
    denies you the beer
    to cry into
    Don Marquis (1878–1937)

    Boughs have their fruit and blossom
    At all times of the year;
    Rivers are running over
    With red beer and brown beer.
    William Butler Yeats (1865–1939)

    Were I Diogenes, I would not move out of a kilderkin into a hogshead, though the first had had nothing but small beer in it, and the second reeked claret.
    Charles Lamb (1775–1834)