Friday, April 20, 2007

Just Beer

Beer is the world's oldest and most popular alcoholic beverage, selling more than 133 billion liters (35 billion gallons) per year. It is produced by the fermentation of sugars derived from starch-based material—the most common being malted barley; however wheat, corn and rice are also widely used usually in conjunction with the barley.

The type of yeast and production method may be used to classify beer into ale, lager and spontaneously fermented beers.

An Egyptian servant girl pours beer

Beer is one of the oldest human-produced beverages, possibly dating back to the 7th millennium BC (perhaps prior even to bread), and recorded in the written history of Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Beer produced before the Industrial Revolution was mainly made and sold on a domestic scale. During the Industrial Revolution, the manufacture of beer moved from artisan manufacture to industrial manufacture.

Some suggest that beer is the basis of modern civ­ilization. Before beer, humanity wandered around and followed goats. Then our ever so gullible ancestors realized that barley could be grown, sprouted and made into a bread, and crumbled and converted into a liquid which gave a nice, warm, cozy feeling.
They stayed put while the grain grew and while the beer was brewed, villages were formed from tents, villages became towns, and those towns became cities.

Beer is drunk from a variety of vessels, such as a glass, a beer stein, a mug, a pewter tankard or even a beer bottle or can. Many drinkers consider that the type of vessel influences their enjoyment of the beer. In Europe, many breweries produce glassware intended only for their own beers.

The pouring process has an influence on a beer's presentation. The rate of flow from the tap or other serving vessel, tilt of the glass, and position of the pour (in the center or down the side) into the glass all influence the end result.

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Beer is considered to be a social lubricant in many societies. Beer is consumed in countries all over the world. There are breweries in Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq and Syria as well as African countries and remote countries such as Mongolia. Sales of beer are four times as much as wine, which is the second most popular alcoholic beverage. Consumption of alcohol is discouraged by most religions. Yet parties, pubs and clubs are not devoid of beer services. Beer remains the most popular alcoholic drink by a huge margin.

A pub joke says- He who drinks beer sleeps well. He who sleeps well cannot sin. He who does not sin goes to heaven.


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