News - Facts about beer
Intrepid English voyager Captain James Cook is credited with first bringing the makings of beer to Australia aboard the Endeavour. Legend has it that when freshwater supplies stored on the ship deteriorated, the crew would turn it into beer, successfully killing any bacteria during the fermentation process.
Nearly 4 000 years after it was first created, beer is still made using four primary ingredients: water, malted barley, hops and yeast. However, modern beer-brewing processes create a number of by-products, each of which is put to efficient secondary use.
The aptly named Preservation Ale was successfully recreated using yeast microbes extracted from a 220-year-old beer bottle unearthed from a shipwreck off the Australian coast.