Beer is on the minds of many Americans, as well as those in some countries.
What exactly is it and what is the buzz?
Here are some things you should know:• The term beer comes from the Latin word for beer, bicuspid, meaning to burn.
It has a history of being used in the Middle East and Africa, as a foodstuff and a drink, to describe a fermented liquid made from fermented plants or grain products.
The name originates from the Arabic word for “wine” (bidr) that means “vinegar.”• The popularity of beer is due to the fact that it is low in calories and is highly nutritious, especially in comparison with other beverages, including coffee, tea and wine.• The American beer industry is worth $9 billion and employs nearly 300,000 people, according to the Brewers Association, which has its headquarters in Washington, D.C.• Many Americans consider beer a “national treasure,” as the Washington Post put it in an editorial in March.
The country has nearly 3,000 breweries and more than 20,000 distilleries.• Beer is brewed in a variety of styles, including lagers, ales and stouts, and some styles have unique flavors and aromas.• A number of craft breweries are based in the U.S. and some in Europe, where they also brew, produce and sell beer.• Although there are now more than 6,000 craft breweries, many are small and do not produce much of their own beer.
In addition, the industry has had limited access to capital and is facing regulatory challenges, according the Brewers Institute.• As a result, Americans are spending more money on beer than they did a decade ago, the Washington Times reported.• About a third of the beer consumed in the United States in 2015 was made in one form or another, the Times reported, citing the Brewers association.
The Washington Times’ report about the popularity of the craft beer crape is based on data from the Brewers institute.
The Times has not independently verified the data.