Commercial beer brewing is an exciting industry with small and large breweries creating batches of craft beer that can tantalize the taste buds of locals and tourists. While home brewing is a growing hobby among individuals, restaurants and business owners are also getting in on the fun of producing unique ales that keep people coming back for more.
While a home brewer typically makes a batch of beer that is five gallons or less in quantity during a brew session, a microbrewery often has the equipment and manpower to produce 100 galloons, if not 200 gallon double batches. A 100 gallon batch will produce about 800 pint glasses of beer (16 oz) or 1,066 bottles of beer.
But how does the brew really get to the customer? Just as steak and mashed potatoes go through a farming, packaging, and preparation process, so too does craft beer. Retail outlets, online vendors, and wholesale stores all sell equipment and accessories that make beer brewing an easy enough endeavor. However, professional brewmasters are typically looking for more substance when it comes to the key ingredients needed to perfect their recipes. Porters, ales, stouts and lagers all benefit when the beer's main components of hops, malted grains, yeast and water are handled with great care and have local characteristics.
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