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Beer is an alcoholic beverage made by the grain fermentation process, just like wine, but by the fermentation of fruit. Most beer uses barley as their base, with the addition of hops, yeast and water.
No matter whether you are a beer newbie or enthusiast, you have a lot to discover in the world of beer. it’s enormous. From your favourite Coors and Bud Light that are pretty classic beers to craft beers that are brewed from all sorts of fruit, there is a lot to discover. However, the basic fundamentals for beer stay the same.
Why, simply because you don’t mess with a good recipe. Beer is a product of starch based yeast fermentation. The grains are left to germinate and later combined with water. As a result, you get sort of a cereal mash. Now, the brewers add a brewer’s yeast which are organisms that love sugar more than anything. The by product of yeast eating sugar is ethanol and carbon dioxide (CO2). After this, a lot of breweries add hops, the cone shaped flowers, to stabilize and clarify the beer, and add their signature flavour. These flavours vary from bitter and earthy to sweet and fruity.
Variations of different grains, hops and yeast strains, the environment and climate will all affect the colour and flavour of the beer, at times adding signature notes. By the way, did you know that beer is the third most popular drink in the world, after water and tea?
The strength of beer is usually around 4-5%, but there are breweries who are creating a beer that’s 40% ABV. The reason it’s so popular is the association of beer with beer festivals all over the world. On top of that, it’s an integral part of pub and bar culture. Add all the sweet ciders and coolers that sort of resemble the beer alcohol content and drinking manner, but without the somewhat bitter taste and you get even more people to participate.
While there are many types of beer brewed around the world, the basics stay the same. From the traditional brewing regions of Europe, Germany, England, Netherlands and Italy, to the New World breweries of America, Canada, Mexico and other countries, beer’s popularity is growing at enormous rates. Unlike before, however, many people feel a lot more invested into trying different varieties of beer, as opposed to picking one and sticking with it.
There is plenty to choose from. If you are looking for top fermentation, try brown ale, pale ale, Indian pale ale (IPA), porter, stout, wheat beer, or Belgian-Style beer. For bottom fermentation, you can try pale lagers and pilsners, dark lagers and German style bocks.
For most people, beer isn’t much more than a carbonated and mildly flavoured drink that you enjoy on a hot day. Recently, however, more and more people have started to realize how much there is to explore when it comes to beer, premium and classic. There are many styles of it, each with its own flavour, characteristics, occasion and even a story to tell!
Whether you are looking for a 24 pack of Budweiser for the party, or a 6 pack of local craft beer for a get together with friends, you can buy beer at our liquor store in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, or shop online at ZYN.ca!
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