May 13, 2013 0
Beer is one of the most if not the most popular alcoholic drink in the world. It’s also thought to be the 3rd most popular drink after water and tea. It’s made through the scarification of starch and the fermentation of the resulting sugar. Malted cereal grains such as barley and malted wheat often provide the enzymes for this process. Most beer is flavoured with hops, which helps to preserve the beer and add the bitter flavour.
Beer production has been referred to in some of humanities earliest writings. Today beer production is carried out on a global scale by large multi nationals as well as many hundreds of thousands of local and micro producers. In particular western European nations are known for their love of beer and beer making. Germany and in particular Belgium have a long history of beer production. Belgium is particularly interesting as they have a very strong tradition of supporting micro breweries. Some compare the skill, passion and commitment to the best of the vineyards in neighbouring France.
While the Belgium’s may be masters of the micro brewery the British have a special relationship with beer. In quantity they certainly consumer more than any other nation! The beer and social pub culture of the nation is an intrinsic part of the British psyche and social scene. Lager is the most popular beer in the UK as is true in the rest of the world. However the British drink a lot of what is referred to as ‘real ale’ which is a more traditional beer which is more bitter than lager in taste. In particular there is a thriving microbrewery culture with many pups stocking local produced ales which changed frequently based on local supply. The variety and quality of these beers has helped to raise the popularity with the young as a an alternative to lager beer.