Beer is an alcoholic beverage that has been around for many centuries. It is believed that the first beer was brewed at around 10,000 B.C. Today, beer is considered by many as the most popular alcoholic drink. This intoxicating substance is the most widely consumed alcoholic drink all over the world. In fact, there is even a month dedicated to the drinking of beer called Oktoberfest. While the roots of this much celebrated drinking decadence is very much different to how it is celebrated now, it is nevertheless a celebration that many avid fan of beer do not allow to pass without a pint or two.
There are two main classifications of beers – the ales and the lagers. For most people, the difference between the two is mostly the color as ales tend to have a much darker color while lagers tend to have a clear and lighter color. While this is the most common telltale difference between the two, another difference is the taste as ales have more complex taste and thicker body whereas lagers tend to have a lighter taste and aroma.
Ales and lagers are both beers with roughly the same ingredients being used in their manufacturing process. Even so, there are distinctly three main differences between the two in terms of how they are made.
Brewing temperature is one of the things that create a difference between the two. Ale is brewed at warmer temperatures while lager is brewed at colder temperature than ale. Another difference-maker is the fermenting process used wherein ale is top-fermenting and that the fermentation occurs at the top inside the fermentation tank, and lager is bottom-fermenting and that the fermentation occurs at the bottom inside the fermenting tank. The third difference is the time wherein they are made. Ale ferments much faster and can be processed nearly after fermenting is done, which is only in just a few weeks. Lager on the other hand requires a longer time fermenting, normally in months, thus resulting in clearer and finer beer.
As a beer, the difference between ales and lagers can be likened to as how red and white wines are different. Although both wines are made using grapes and that the manufacturing process is very much alike, the difference between the resulting products is very different, with which, in this case, ales and lagers, although are both beer in nature, are very much different from each other.
Beer has been around for many centuries. In fact, scientists even agree that the making of beer predates even the birth of Christ, at roughly 10,000 B.C. In the past, beer was mostly placed and stored in earthenware such as clay and ceramic pots. During the early part of the 1900s, beer was stored in bottles wherein it was also the process in which it was distributed. After the American Prohibition Law, canned beers took flight as it was easily the best way to distribute beer to the thirsty public. Since their introduction, beer in cans have roughly become inseparable. In fact, some of the best beers you can find are often available in cans.
Beer cans were first tried in a select market in Virginia. The idea of packaging beers inside a can was conceptualized by The American Can Company. They knew and understood that being able to contain beer inside cans provided breweries with many advantages. The main advantages in using cans is that not only are cans much lighter than glass bottles, but that cans are also more robust and do not need to be returned back by customers.
Using cans for beer distribution was quite revolutionary as there was less wastage during distribution. The use of glass bottles often meant that there were bottles that get broken and thus the content is left unsellable. With cans, it was both robust and cheaper to fabricate. Through the use of can for beer distribution, it meant that beer manufacturers were able to increase their profit. Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company of New Jersey in 1935 was the first brewing company to have their beer distributed in cans. Their beer in can distribution marks the first beer in can made available to the public.
Beer in cans have been around for decades now and their availability makes us take them for granted. However, when you take into consideration the many hurdles into creating the perfect packaging for beer in cans, it will certainly boggle you on how such high pressure that beer can produce can be contained in such a thin aluminum packaging. This problem was solved in the 1930s through the use of a moldable plastic which was placed in the seams so that the pressure can be withstood without sprouting any leaks whatsoever. While this idea was very ingenious during those days, these days, it will seem somewhat more of a routine rather than a problem.