They say great wine is made in the vineyard, but how about beer? The process, for the uninitiated, is both surprisingly complex and beautifully simple, an alchemical tango between quality natural ingredients and precise operations in the brewhouse. Working with the basic ingredients of malted barley (or sometimes wheat or other grains), fragrant hop flowers (in various forms), yeast, and water, brewers conjure an amazing array of flavors in over 130 recognizable styles.
We recently visited Denver, Colorado's Great Divide Brewery for a crash course in the art and science of brewing craft beers. The process varies by style from place to place, but here, for your edification, are the basic ten steps to make a craft beer.
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