Florida Agriculture Literacy Day was this week and, if you're like us, everything we read about makes us think of beer. So what better time to learn a little bit about it? After all, it's made of things you grow in nature, and possibly your backyard.
Bill Manley, of Sierra Nevada brewing, lays it out straight. "[Beer] is an agricultural product that contains things of the earth that are a little bit different every year."
Like the tomatoes in your garden or the sugar fields near Lake Okeechobee, beer essentially stems from the ground. Everything about it is an organic product; it's food.
But what is it really? To put it simply, it's made of four things: water, malt, hops, and yeast.