The two broad categories of beverages are alcoholic and nonalcoholic. Alcoholic
beverages may include wine, beer, and spirits. Nonalcoholic beverages may include
nonalcoholic beer, coffee, tea, carbonated soft drinks, juices and bottled water.
may be classified by color or can be further classified as light beverage wine,
still, sparkling wine, fortified wines, and aromatic wines. Major wine growing regions in
Europe are Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and France. In the United States,
California, New York, Oregon, and Washington are known for their wine production.
Australia is also known as a recognizable wine producer.
Wine can be described by texture and flavor. The two most important qualities
customer normally consider when choosing the appropriate wine are richness and
is a brewed and fermented beverage made from malted barley and other starchy
cereals, and flavored with hops.
have higher percentages of alcohol
made from a liquid that has been
fermented and distilled. Whiskies are among the best known spirits. A brand of whisky
is characterized by the blend of its flavor and quality. The four most acknowledged
whiskey types are the Scotch, Irish, Bourbon, and Canadian whiskies. White spirits
refer to the gin, rum, vodka, and tequila beverages. Other spirits may include brandy
is a mix of two or more ingredients, resulting in a blend that is pleasant to
the palate, with no single ingredient overpowering the others.
While the consumption of alcohol has relatively decreased recently, the consumption
of nonalcoholic beverages has increased rapidly.
have the same
appearance as regular beer but have a lower calorie content and approximately 95 to
99 percent of the alcohol removed.