If you like beer, you’ve might have questioned at one time or another why a particular beer is bitter, why another one is light, and why yet another one is smoky, fruity or tart. You may have wondered what differences make one beer an ale and another one a lager.
To answer these inquiries, check the infographic below, From Grain to Glass: Understanding the Brewing Process. It is a bit by bit overview of how barley from the field winds up as brew in your glass.
Studying the brewing method may be more than just a matter of fulfilling your curiosity, although that is reason enough to study the infographic. A study from 2017 showed that about 1.1 million Americans have taken on the hobby of brewing their own beer. Homebrewers come from all walks of life and can be found all across the country making different kinds of beer. In case you’re considering taking up home brewing as a hobby, understanding the basics of brewing is a must.
But we can take it a step further, from hobby to career. In 2017, there were more than 6,300 craft breweries works in the U.S. — a booming small business industry responsible for more than 135,000 jobs around the country. The initial phase in becoming a professional brewer is information. In this way, whatever your interest level in beer, the following ought to quench your thirst.