Those who know me well, know that I have a love affair with beer. Low class? Please! Kings and pharaohs drank beer. When traveling, if you're not sure about the water, beer is the recommended
alternative. Depending on who you talk to, in Germany they say three, six or seven beers make a meal. If you're American and learned Spanish, probably one of the first words you learned was “cerveza”. Translation? Beer. According to beer101.com/history, evidence
of beer dates back 7,000 years to Iran.
Beer isn't what it used to be, a simple fermented drink. Today beer types are never ending: Pilsner, lager,
edelweiss, brown ale, porter, stout, non-alcoholic, fruity, chocolatey, even coffee flavored beer. With mass production and the merging of larger beer producing companies, it was feared that the diversity, and thus the quality, of beer would diminish. Instead,
using specialty ingredients, beer connoisseurs began the era of microbreweries. Talk about evolution!
Beer, like wine, may be paired with foods, but even those who don't like
drinking beer (I'm so sorry), find it a delicious recipe ingredient. I recently developed a simple, tasty, beer laden, slow cooker recipe:
Beef with Beer au Jus