“Beer, beer, beer, tiddely beer, beer, beer! A long time ago, way back in history, there was noting to drink except for little cups of tea. Then along came a man by the name of Charlie Mopps who invented a wonderful drink and made it out of hops!” – Drinking song from The Bard II
Raved about and scorned, this amber drink is known world wide in various ways but no matter what it is you go, it is still made from the same basic ingredients. This beverage of the common man has been brewed since man started farming cereal type grains such as barley and wheat about around 9500BC. That makes it a Neolithic invention, not something more modern as many would like us to believe.
Of course, back then, it wasn’t as refined. Beer was in its infancy until our ancestors found ways to tweak it without all our modern conveniences. There was no carbonation in the beginning and believe me, it must have been quite strong. There are plenty of old papyrus and stone etchings of the recipes used back then as proof, probably a painting or two on some cave wall. now, something like was probably considered more for their religious practices to reach that state where they could speak to their deities or used as a way to calm patients in pain from broken or cracked bones. This is, of course, speculation on my part.
Beer is the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world. It comes in third after water and tea. Proof that most people know what is best for them. Wouldn’t you think?
There is so much information on just brewing beer alone, it would make this post very large. The history alone, just in a few snippets is amazing and, to me, interesting.
Quick Fact: There are several types of beer made; Real ale, which is beer brewed from traditional ingredients, matured by a secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of carbon dioxide like other types, Pale Ale, the most common beer which uses a pale malt and top fermenting yeast*, Stout which uses a roasted malt or roasted barley and a slow fermenting yeast, Mild which has a malty taste and is generally dark in color, Wheat which is made using wheat malt and a top fermenting yeast, Lager which is actually the only cool fermenting beer made, and Lambic which is naturally fermented using wild yeasts instead of the cultivated yeasts commonly used. <— That is a long sentence.
* Top fermenting yeasts rise to the top of the cask or where ever the beer is being fermented in clumps then it filters down into the liquid over time. Using this type of yeast is common among the different breweries.