Beer is the fermented, alcoholic beverage made from water, malt and hops. The combination of these ingredients creates a variety of flavors and aromas.
The basic beer recipe hasn’t changed much over the years. The brewing process starts with water that is heated to boiling temperatures and then added to a grain-based liquid called wort. The wort is then rapidly cooled and mixed with yeast, which is a single-celled organism that consumes the sugar in the wort and releases alcohol and carbon dioxide as it does so. The fermentation process takes a few days to several weeks or even months, depending on the style of beer being brewed. Once the brewer is satisfied that the beer has reached its desired flavor and body, it is packaged in cans or bottles and ready for consumption.
Although it is true that many different beer styles have their own unique flavors and aromas, the basic ingredients remain the same in all of them. Some beers are flavored with fruit, spices, or herbs; others have more of a focus on malt; while still others can taste like chocolate, coffee, or ice cream.
If you’re a first-time drinker, or have only tried the standard Coors and Budweiser beers, it’s worth giving other beers a chance. You never know if you’ll discover that you like something you never thought you would! The plethora of different beers available makes it likely that there’s a beer out there for everyone.