Beer is a fermented beverage made by combining malted barley, water, hops and yeast.
Almost as popular as water and tea, beer has been brewed since 9500 BC. With a 4% to 12% alcohol by volume, beer is possibly the world’s oldest beverage. Craft brewed beer has become ever more popular since the early 1980′s. Many craft breweries have popularized “hoppy” beers which impart bitterness and unique flavor as well as the maltiness of barley. Some of todays most popular recipes were developed by amateur home brewers who test their skills in brew clubs. Today several of the most successful microbreweries developed from home brew clubs.