Beer Production History
Chemical tests of ancient pottery jars reveal that beer was produced as far back as about 7,000 years ago in what is today Iran.
The discovery reveals one of the earliest known uses of fermentation and is the earliest evidence of brewing to date.
Alcohol is a socially acceptable, fairly cheap, easily accessible, and legal mind-altering substance for those of the lawful drinking age of 21. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) publishes that almost 90 percent of adults in the US report consuming alcohol at some point in life.
Types of Beer
The two major classifications of beer are ale and lager. Beer enthusiast should know some basic facts about these classifications: Ales are the ancient types of beer that date back to antiquity; lager beers are relatively new (only several hundred years old).
The major difference between types of beer comes down to the type of yeast used to ferment it.
Yeast that ferments at the top
Ale is a type of beer brewed using a warm fermentation method, resulting in a sweet, full-bodied and fruity taste.
Conditioned at low temperatures
Lager is a type of beer conditioned at low temperatures. Lagers can be pale, amber, or dark. Pale lageris the most widely consumed and commercially available style of beer.
Brown ale is a style of beer with a dark amber or brown colour. Brown ale was used by London brewers in the late 17th century to describe their products.
Pale lager is the most widely consumed and commercially available style of beer. Pale lager is the most popular type of beer in the world by sales with several of the top 10 global brands being pale lagers.
Today pale lagers are often referred to as “pilsners” though they are actually different kinds of beer and pale lagers tend to be dryer and have a more pronounced hoppy aroma than pilsners.