Beer is world's third most consumed drink after water and tea. It is one of the oldest and most consumed alcoholic beverages. The history of beer is a long tale since beer has been with us almost since man learned to make fermented beverages. Manufacturing of beer is recorded in the written history of ancient Egypt and is one of the oldest beverages approximately dating back to the 6th century B.C. European monasteries also started making and selling beer by the end of 7th century A.D. During the industrial revolution production of the beer moved from domestic manufacturing to industrial manufacturing. During the thirteen century making the beer and selling beverages from home was a way of earning family income.
Beer is produced by brewing and fermentation of starches derived from cereals. Mainly the ingredients which required for making beer are water, wheat, corn, rice and malted barley etc. Sometimes herbs and fruits are also used to give flavor and color to the beer. Water is an important ingredient of beer because minerals in water influence the character of beer made from it. Water of different regions contains different mineral components as a result of that, quality of beer in one region is different from another region.
The process of brewed beer involves many steps, including malting, mashing, boiling, filtering, etc. Though this may sound difficult, it isn't that hard. Apart from making beer only in beer factories, brewing beer at home is getting popular these days, as the materials and equipments are inexpensive and the equipment setup is easy. You can easily find these equipments in your city and you can also get huge discounts on these equipments. The main advantage of brewing beer at home is that you can control the taste and alcohol level, as compared to the one which is made in the beer factory, which has a standard alcohol level in it. Also you can experiment and create hundreds of variations and can customize the beer according to your own liking.
Today there are many beer manufacturers in the market. Every beer lover is very particular about their favorite brand of beer. Not just the brand but also the glass that gives them a relaxing feeling and adds to their personality. Brands tend to become popular due to region, price, country and season. The following are the names of some of the best beer brands in India, Peroni, Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, Asahi, Foster's, Heineken, Leffe Blond, Kingfisher Ultra, Budweiser, Schneider Weisse, Corona Extra, London Pride, San Miguel Pale Pilsen and Carlsberg etc.
It is a known fact that heavy consumption of alcohol can lead to liver problems. But if alcohol is consumed in reasonable quantity it can reduce the risk of cardiac diseases. There are studies which proves that beer with low quantity of alcohol possess the anti-cancer properties and also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases. It is also said that brewer's yeast is rich source of nutrients. So enjoy your mug of beer and find another way of staying fit.