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A Beer in History: The First Hopped Beer

12-05-2012

A Beer in History: First Hopped Beer 

 


Originially, beer didn’t contain any hops. Instead, it was brewed with a mixture called gruit, made up of seasonings, herbs and ground grain with a piney and resiny flavor. The first hopped beers started to appear around 1000 in northern Germany.  It eventually ended up in England in the 1500s by the 1600s almost all English beer had some sort of hops in them.



Hops were prized for their preservative properties, increasing the life of beer and saving it from spoilage. This excellent marriage of beer and hops flourished, with hops not only preserving beer longer but balancing out the malty sweetness of hops with an herbal bitterness.



Today, crack open whatever hoppy brew suits your style and lets make a toast to those ingenious women and men back in the day who helped make beer what it is today; which is delicious. 

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