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Beer is one of the oldest alcoholic drinks in the world, and the third most popular drink overall after water and tea. Beer is brewed from cereal grains—most commonly from malted barley, though wheat, maize (corn), and rice are also used. During the brewing process, fermentation of the starch sugars in the wort produces ethanol and carbonation in the resulting beer. Most modern beer is brewed with hops, which add bitterness and other flavours and act as a natural preservative and stabilizing agent. Other flavouring agents such as gruit, herbs, or fruits may be included or used instead of hops.


  • An will fetch Ninguena for me from her mountain home -- the expert woman who redounds to her mother's credit, Ninkasi the expert who redounds to her mother's credit. Her fermenting-vat is of green lapis lazuli, her beer cask is of refined silver and of gold. If she stands by the beer, there is joy, if she sits by the beer, there is gladness; as cupbearer she mixes the beer, never wearying as she walks back and forth, Ninkasi, the keg at her side, on her hips; may she make my beer-serving perfect.
  • Let beer be for those who are perishing, wine for those who are in anguish! Let them drink and forget their poverty and remember their misery no more.
    • Proverbs 31:6-7, New International Version. (Many translations have "strong drink" rather than "beer").
  • It's late and she's waitinɡ
    And I know I should go home
    But every time I start to leave
    They play another song
    Then someone buys another round
    And wherever drinks are free
    What's made Milwaukee famous
    Has made a fool out of me
  • Baby's begged me not to go
    So many times before
    She says love and happiness
    Can't live behind those swinging doors
    Now's she's gone and I'm to blame
    Too late I finally see
    What's made Milwaukee famous
    Has made a loser out of me
  • This is grain, which any fool can eat, but for which the Lord intended a more divine means of consumption. Let us give praise to our Maker and glory to His bounty by learning about…beer!
    • Friar Tuck, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 204-07.
  • Here
    With my beer
    I sit,
    While golden moments flit:
    They pass
    Unheeded by:
    And as they fly,
    Being dry,
    Sit, idly sipping here
    My beer.
  • They who drink beer will think beer.
    • Quoted by Washington Irving—Sketch-book, Stratford-on-Avon. They who drink water will think water. (Travesty of the foregoing.)
      Nor shall our cups make any guilty men;
      But at our parting, we will be, as when
      We innocently met.
    • Ben Jonson, Epigram CI.
  • Let the back and sides go bare, my boys,
    Let the hands and the feet gang cold;
    But give to belly, boys, beer enough,
    Whether it be new or old.
    • The Beggar. Old English Folk Song. Version in Cecil Sharp's Folk-Songs from Somerset.
  • For drink, there was beer which was very strong when not mingled with water, but was agreeable to those who were used to it. They drank this with a reed, out of the vessel that held the beer, upon which they saw the barley swim.

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