A beer is any of a variety of alcoholic beverages produced by the fermentation of starchy material derived from grains or other plant sources. The production of beer and some other alcoholic beverages is often called brewing. Historically, beer was known to the Sumerians, Egyptians, and Mesopotamians, and dates back at least as far as 4,000 BC. Because the ingredients used to make beer differ from place to place, beer characteristics (type, taste, and colour) vary widely. Typically, beers are made from water, malted barley, hops, and fermented by yeast. The addition of other flavourings or sources of sugar is not uncommon.
“Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.” — Benjamin Franklin
“Give me a woman who truly loves beer, and I will conquer the world.” — Kaiser Wilhelm II
“This is grain, which any fool can eat, but for which the Lord has intended a more divine purpose. Let us give praise to His name, and glory to his creation, by learning about beer!” — Friar Tuck in the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
“Alcohol: The cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.” — Homer Simpson