Beer is one of the oldest beverages we’ve produced dating back to 5000 BC.
The conversation opener while you have a cold one in your hand : Chemical tests of ancient pottery jars reveal that beer was produced about 7,000 years ago in what is today Iran, and is one of the first-known biological engineering tasks to utilize the process of fermentation.
Canada has a lengthy history in beer-making. Molson, Carling and O’Keefe all had commercial breweries in operation before Confederation. Today the industry produces a wide variety of beers, including lager, ale, porter and stout, as well as draught and seasonal beers produced by a range of firms from multinationals to micro-brewers.
An estimated ten million Canadians drink beer and an estimated 21.9 million hectoliters are produced annually Footnote 1, making it the number one alcoholic beverage in Canada in terms of both production and consumption.
Reductions in trade barriers to imports accompanied by the development of a more global beer industry have increased competition in the Canadian beer market.
Today, the brewing industry is a global business, consisting of several dominant multinational companies and many thousands of smaller producers ranging from brewpubs to regional breweries. More than 130 billion liters (35 billion gallons) are sold per year—producing total global revenues of almost $300 billion in 2006.
Organic beer represents an emerging market. Some Canadian breweries have extended the organic food movement to beer which is marketed as a high-quality product produced in a way that encourages sustainable agriculture.
The coming years may see more breweries tap into this niche market as the trend toward organic and green products continues to expand in Canada and abroad.
The basic ingredients of beer are water; a starch source, such as malted barley, able to be saccharified (converted to sugars) then fermented (converted into alcohol and carbon dioxide); a brewer’s yeast to produce the fermentation; and a flavouring such as hops.
One of the important crops produced in Canada is Barley.
In 2006, 244 900 ha of mixed grain (usually oats and barley grown together) are produced, mainly in Ontario.
About 8% of the barley produced in Canada is processed by the malting and brewing industries, domestic and foreign.
Commercial hop production is re-emerging across the province of Ontario.
Ontario’s craft brewing industry is currently the largest buyer of Ontario grown hops.
Beer is celebrated internationally and locally.
Don’t miss this weekend Creemore Springs Copper Kettle Festival as everyone comes together to celebrate the brewery, the town and the beer! www.copperkettlefestival.ca
Kitchener Waterloo is famous for their traditional beer fest every year during Oktoberfest; This year’s celebration is October 10th to 18th, 2014 www.oktoberfest.ca