The Beginning of Modern Brewing

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, feudalism and Christianity take hold in Germany and most of central Europe.  There are hundreds of recorded laws in the first millenium C.E. that specifically address beer production.  The most interesting  (at least to me) is that even the great Charlemagne had laws written regarding beer production.  He was even known to drink and enjoy beer...
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What is Beer?

The very question is heavily debated right now with different entities all trying to define, and possibly shape, the culture, process, and even volume.  There is plenty of time to debate craft versus non-craft and eventually I’ll offer my two cents, but today I am going to be completely objective. What IS beer? Beer is a fermented, malt-based alcoholic beverage; the composition of which...
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