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Beer is a generic term for a class of bitter caustic alcoholic beverages which are mostly brewed or fermented cereal grain starch. Beer is made from malted barley, wheat, maize or rice. Water, starch, hops, yeast and clarifying agent constitute the basic ingredients of beer.

The process of beer production called brewing involves three major steps, i.e. mashing, lautering and fermentation. Ale, Lambic, Major, Stout, are the different varieties of beer that are a party passion all over the world.

Beer is an alcoholic beverage which is consumed very widely around the world. It is next after water and tea in popularity.

Ingredients & Preparation

The main ingredients of beer are water, malt (barley/wheat), starch, brewer’s yeast, hops and clarifying agents. The major component of beer is water.

Beer is prepared by saccharification of starch and its fermentation by yeast. The process of beer preparation is called brewing which involves three main steps, i.e. mashing, lautering and fermentation. Barley malt or wheat malt with other grains (maize or rice) are used for the preparation of beer. Hops (a natural preservative) provide the characteristic flavor of beer.

Health and Nutrition Facts

Approximate Values per serving (per can) (Calories - 153 cal, Fat – 0 g, Carbohydrates – 12.6 g, Protein – 1.6 g, fiber – 0 g, Cholesterol – 0 mg

Health Benefits

1. Brewer’s yeast is rich in nutrients, hence beer is full of nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, biotin, and vitamin –B. Beer is also called as liquid bread.

2. Studies suggest that low alcohol beer may have powerful anti-cancer properties.