Beer is one of the most widely consumed alcoholic beverages in the world — according to recent statistics, the drink is consumed by the billions of gallons each year. It’s also one of the most ancient beverages in existence, with mentions as old as the Code of Hammurabi, an almost-4,000-year-old text that specified strict laws for the production and distribution of beer.
Beer is brewed from grains such as barley or wheat — brewers steep grain in water in a process called mashing, which releases a sugary liquid called wort. Then, they use a microorganism known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae (yeast) to ferment the wort. This fermentation process produces ethanol and carbonation in the mixture, creating the beloved beverage that is bottled, canned, and sold by the case or in packs and kegs...
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