Beer is one of the oldest human produced beverages—in fact, many scientists and historians believe that beer production traces back to about 5th Century BCE, if not more than 7000 years ago. The discovery of the fermentation process began a huge shift in the way humans interacted with certain types of crops, lifestyles, as well as public health issues. The Sumerians even believed in Ninkasi, goddess of beer! Beer has been intrinsically linked to our evolution into modernity.
As much as humanity has enjoyed beer in the past (and they have thoroughly loved it), the world is undergoing a renaissance of brewing and beer making that has led to a resurgence of microbreweries and commitment to artisanal brewing. Craft beer has become more pervasive on store shelves and there has been a sort of revolt against the industrialized processes and consumption of mass-produced light lagers. Many people have turned to home brewing as a means to not only save money on beer, but to also craft and shape new ways, styles, and flavors of beer.
It’s hard to believe that even the best and worst beers are comprised of a few simple ingredients: Grain (usually malt barley), Hops, Yeast, and Water. Tweaking the formula a little can produce all sorts of styles of beers, but the process is mostly the same: brewing the ingredients, cooling and fermenting the beer, sanitizing and bottling the beer after fermentation has occurred, and allowing the yeast to ferment additional sugars. Do this right and you’ll have a delicious, refreshing beverage!
If you are interested in learning more about brewing beer or are interested in taking an online course or pursuing a career in beer making, we have much more information about some of the top courses that are currently available online and offline too, in a special edition of all courses review!