beerThere are so many types of beer.  There are stouts, ales, pale ales and many others. But how did it all start?

Let’s start with the definition of beer. According to Wikipedia:

“Beer is an alcoholic beverage 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.  Most beer is also flavored with hops, which add bitterness and act as a natural preservative, though other flavorings such as herbs or fruit may occasionally be included.  The preparation of beer is called brewing.”

Beer has a long history.  It can be found in a hymn by ancient Sumerians dating from 3400 BCE. says:

“The first known written record of beer dates back to the ancient Sumerians. It’s in the form of a hymn, to the goddess of beer named Ninkasi. This earliest beer recipe calls for soaked grains to be mixed with bread and water: The bread would provide the source of yeast, which was the catalyst for fermentation. It isn’t known how Sumerians figured out bread could start the fermentation process; probably it was just a happy accident by an unsuspecting or unwitting inventor.”

There are all sorts of different types of beer.  Here is the Wikipedia master list.

All across the United States there are been an increase in microbreweries.  A microbrewery is an establishment that produces its own specialty craft beers, and is commonly sold locally.  New York is a place that has seen an increase in microbreweries opening.

Fox News reports:

“The number of microbreweries is up from 40 in 2011 to 104 this year. [New York] also has 57 new farm breweries, 100 new farm wineries and 24 new farm cideries, which are allowed to operate retail outlets, restaurants and tastings in exchange for using New York apples, grapes and other local ingredients. The number of distilleries is up from 10 in 2011 to 55 this year.”

An increase in microbreweries means that more people are straying away from mass produced beers and are now enjoying locally craft beers.

“Yes, that’s all well and good, but what is the most popular beer in the world?” I hear you ask. CNN Money says that the most popular beer in the world is called “Snow.”

“Chinese drinkers guzzled an incredible 10.3 billion liters of Snow in 2013, making it the world’s No.1 beer.”

I hope that I’ve been able to provide you with some good information and informative links to articles to help you discover more about beer for yourself.

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