How Is Beer Made?

If you like beer, you’ve probably wondered at one time or another why a certain beer is bitter, why another one is light, and why yet another one is smoky, fruity or tart. You may have asked yourself what is it that makes one beer an ale and another one a lager.

To answer these questions, take a look at the infographic below, From Grain to Glass: Understanding the Brewing Process. It is a step-by-step overview of how barley from the field ends up as beer in your glass.

Learning about the brewing process may be more than just a matter of satisfying your curiosity, although that is reason enough to study the infographic. A study from 2017 revealed that about 1.1 million Americans are brewing their own beer. Home brewers come from all walks of life and everywhere across the country. If you’re thinking of 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 over 6,300 craft breweries in the U.S. — a booming small business niche responsible for more than 135,000 jobs around the country. The first step in becoming a professional brewer is knowledge. So, whatever your interest level in beer, the following should quench your thirst.