Today we will talk about one of the most consumed beverages in the world. His Majesty, the beer on one side and the cider on the other. Not a single celebration, birthday, night out, gathering with friends, football match can pass without this wonderful drink. Among all the refreshing drinks on offer, somehow the choice always comes down to the beer. Fans of this beverage can give you a million reasons why they would choose to drink beer or cider instead of wine, whiskey, rum, or any other beverage.
There are many different types of beer in the world, and breweries around the world produce thousands and thousands of liters per day. Today our main topic on which we will focus in more detail will be the differences between beer and cider. So if you are a fan of beer, I hope we will be able to keep your focus until the very end. So let’s start and see what are the main elements that can distinguish beer and cider.
Beer is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages in the world. From the very beginning of its production until today, the recipe for the production of beer and the ingredients used have not undergone any drastic changes. They may differ in some cases, but the ingredients are generally the same. To produce beer as the main ingredient you need barley malt and hops. Furthermore, in the production process, some other ingredients are added such as yeast, in some cases, fruits are added, but barley malt and hops are the main ingredients that create the delicate taste of beer.
Unlike beer, cider is a cold drink that appears on the market a little later, but quickly wins the hearts of people with its taste. It can be said to be one of the favorites when it comes to drinks, and is especially popular in parts of the United Kingdom and is quite famous in the Republic of Ireland. A very simple ingredient is used to make the cider, and that is apple juice. This is the first thing that distinguishes these two refreshing drinks.
2. Alcohol content
Sometimes each of us needs an alcoholic beverage that will relax us and make us feel funny and make us have fun. But sometimes we find ourselves in a situation where we have to be responsible first and foremost for ourselves and then be responsible for the people around us. Both beer and cider are great for consumption in both situations. What they have in common is that both drinks have an alcoholic and a non-alcoholic version.
When you are in a situation where you need to attend a party but you must not consume alcohol because you have to drive, you can choose to drink either alcohol free beer or cider that do not have a drop of alcohol in them, and yet have the same authentic taste. The only difference is that alcoholic beer has a significantly higher percentage of alcohol when compared to cider. An alcoholic cider can contain about 1% alcohol in its content.
3. The color
At first glance, you can see a difference in the color of the drink, and completely different color shades are in question. You can notice the beer in two colors, the light beer has a yellowish tinge. In contrast, dark beer has a strong dark brown color. On the other hand, the cider can vary in three colors with drastically different shades of beer. Because apple juice is a major component, cider can be yellow, orange, or brown, which are more pronounced than beer.
We would not like to comment on the tastes, because each individual has his specific taste that should not be further discussed. However, we will emphasize this difference for one purpose only, and that is to highlight the things in which you can distinguish them. The taste of these two drinks is one of those things. When it comes to taste they are incredibly different. Cider lovers would say that this drink is dry and sweet which is one of the reasons why they love to drink it. On the other hand, we have beer lovers who as one main feature will emphasize the bitterness in the taste of beer. Avid beer fans believe that it is this bitterness in the taste that makes beer one of the unique drinks in the world.
5. Production process
To make beer you need to have the necessary ingredients in stock, barley malt, and hops, and the production process consists of brewing and fermentation. Although this process is not complicated, it still takes time to be able to produce the best beer in the world. In contrast, in the process of production of the cider, simpler actions are used, ie it does not have the brewing action, but only the process of fermentation of apple juice is implemented.
6. Benefits and disadvantages
From a health point of view, there are several benefits to consuming these two drinks. For example, both drinks contain a range of vitamins and minerals that the body needs to function properly. Beer contains B vitamins, magnesium, and calcium, cider contains iron and vitamin C. Beer is good for better kidney function, and many doctors recommend it in limited quantities. However, there are things that we need to be careful about in the amount of intake. Beer can contribute to obesity, and fat gain, especially in the abdomen. The cider has a large number of sugars and calories in it.
And here we come to the very end of this text, where you could additionally get acquainted with all the main differences that distinguish these two cold and refreshing drinks. Beer and cider will always be at the top of the list when it comes to choosing a drink that people like to consume on summer days, at parties, in clubs, or at a barbecue party on Sunday. Whether you prefer the alcoholic variant or you are a lover of non-alcoholic cider or beer, you will always have a can or bottle in the fridge that will be ready to quench your thirst.