Beer Basics – not just for German Beers…
Beer is a very common drink in the entire world. The countries with largest beer production output are China, USA and Brazil, followed by Germany. Would you have ever guessed that China would rank No. 1?! Well, it surely does, but the beer diversity of Germany stands alone: there are more than 1.350 breweries in Germany and far more beer brands. Although you probably will have had one or the other beer, are you aware what beer actually is and how it is produced? Did you already know that gluten-free beer poses a real alternative to “common” beer? And ,what about non alcoholic beer? Is it healthier? Questions followed by questions… German-Beers.com is your resource for all questions related to (German) beer.
What is beer?
You could surely answer this question quite in a simple way: “a beverage!”. But this general answer does not encompass the real nature of beer at all! Beer is a beverage containing alcohol and being carbonated. Beer is produced by a brewing process where starch is transformed to alcohol by fermentation. Yeast is responsible for this process, while mainly two kinds are used: either a top-fermented one or a bottom-fermented one. The amount of resulting alcohol is determined by the original wort, measured in the Plato scale. Different beer brands are made by using different original worts and brewing procedures.
What is special about beer?!
Beer is a very old beverage, reaching back to Ancient Egypt when half-baked bread was put into water in order to start a fermentation process. The Romans drank beer and, of course, did the Celts. As beer is rich in calories, it was a beverage favored in the Middle Ages and of high quality thanks to the cooking process essential in making beer from original wort. In Germany, beer was also referred to as “liquid bread” / “Flüssigbrot”, complemented too often by insufficient food. Nowadays, beer has, just like wine, evolved to be a luxury beverage, too. The variety of different beer brands and types – may they be top-fermented or bottom-fermented – is only excelled by wine. German beer provides an especially variety of beers strong and convincing in taste. Beer, consumed a responsible way, can actually be a healthy beverage and might not be responsible for weight-increase. To satisfy increasing consumer demands, many new beer products have been developed and are by now well established on international markets.
- Special Beer Products
- Non alcoholic beers
- Gluten free beers
- Beverages containing a mixture of beer and soft drinks / juices
Cooking with Beer! But I thought you could only drink beer…
In addition to the aforementioned, beer is also used for cooking and is part of many dishes associated with German cuisine. But beer has also found its way into many international recipes. It is often part of a sauce. Especially in Germany, many dishes are based on beer, since it suits meat very well or is part of a soup. However, beer is also great in combination with food. Choosing the right beer makes a visit to the restaurant a real experience. Simply think of a German Weisswurst with Brezel and a nice cold Wheat Beer / Hefeweizen in a Biergarten / beer garden! Delicious! We will give you hints and tips on what types of German beer will suit certain kinds of dishes. Just have a look at our recipe section.
Beer and sports?! Why not?! It’s isotonic!
Even after sports, the right kind of beer can be good for you. Of course, it should be a non alcoholic wheat beer, for instance like a Erdinger Hefeweizen alkoholfrei or a Franziskaner Weißbier Alkoholfrei. These beers are isotonic and can help your body recover after a session of intense sports. We will be dealing with this issue in a more detailed article and describe potential benefits.
Conclusion: it is very rewarding to explore the world of (German) beer!
With more than 1.300 German breweries and a huge variety of taste and style, Germany has lots to offer when speaking of beer. Beer is not only a beverage, but was seen as food many centuries ago, nowadays still playing an important role in German cuisine. Many German dishes only taste best when enjoyed together with a traditional beer of the same region. Especially Bavarian food is nearly unthinkable without a cold served beer. Those who are not fond of drinking alcohol may choose a non alcoholic beer like Clausthaler or a Helles from Southern Germany. Isotonic beer and gluten free beer add to the wide range of German Beer. German beer is worth taking a closer look at! Take a big swig and feel the spirit of German brewing art!