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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... also operate (in most, but not all cases) what is known as a beer-tie ... This means that tenants renting public houses from them are under contract to buy beer, ciders, RTD's and other alcoholic drinks from Enterprise Inns only ... although this is not as widespread as the beer tie ...
United States Brewers' Association
... Association was adopted the previous name was the Lager-Beer Brewers Association ... 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 abolished ... 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 ...

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