brew

verb
\ ˈbrü How to pronounce brew (audio) \
brewed; brewing; brews

Definition of brew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to prepare (beer, ale, etc.) by steeping, boiling, and fermentation or by infusion and fermentation
2a : to bring about : foment brew trouble
b : contrive
3 : to prepare (a drink or other liquid) by infusion in hot water brew tea

intransitive verb

1 : to brew beer or ale
2 : to be in the process of forming a storm is brewing

brew

noun

Definition of brew (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a brewed beverage (such as beer)
b : a serving of a brewed beverage quaff a few brews
c : something produced by or as if by brewing
2 : the process of brewing

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Other Words from brew

Verb

brewer \ ˈbrü-​ər How to pronounce brewer (audio) , ˈbru̇(-​ə)r \ noun

Examples of brew in a Sentence

Verb

They brew the beer on the premises. The restaurant also brews its own ginger ale and root beer. They've been brewing in the new brewery since March. I'll brew another pot of tea. It feels like there's a storm brewing.

Noun

I'll buy you a brew. a manufacturer of specialty brews a perfect cup of brew time for a quick brew
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Red Lager is brewed with toasted barley grains for a slightly sweet aroma with a touch of hops, a rich caramel malt taste and a smooth finish with a hint of molasses. Brian Feldt, chicagotribune.com, "New Budweiser beer is inspired by George Washington recipe," 2 May 2018 On International Women's Day, a group of women at the forefront of craft beer in Indiana brewed a beer together. Amy Haneline, Indianapolis Star, "This beer was made by 20 women from Indiana breweries, so it's probably amazing," 6 Apr. 2018 Customers gather around the sleek center bar, or in comfy chairs and couches, to sip a mix of coffee beverages, beer, wine and house brewed kombucha. Dana Oland, idahostatesman, "First craft beer, now craft coffee on the rise in the Treasure Valley | Idaho Statesman," 26 Apr. 2018 Cost is $30 admission per person and includes brewed tea in china cups and food both savory and sweet, served in an elegant setting. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 24 Apr. 2018 In 2011, the church gained Mellone, a 68-year-old amateur woodworker who built his own coffin, brews his own beer, and who has been ordained for nearly 42 years. Mary Schneidau Sullivan, Laurel Leader, "A church with staying power," 19 Apr. 2018 Harrer and his party, hauling knapsacks, hardware and ropes, scaled the sheer precipice over four days—eating, sleeping, brewing coffee on ledges so narrow in... Susan Froderberg, WSJ, "Five Best: Susan Froderberg on Extraordinary Mountain Ascents," 8 Mar. 2019 Delaware’s Dogfish Head sometimes brews with exotic woods such as South American palo santo. William Bostwick, WSJ, "The Taste of Winter, Brewed and Bottled," 21 Feb. 2019 So, unlike your favorite coffee maker, your beer won't brew instantly. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Brew Your Own Beer At Home So Easily With LG's New HomeBrew Device," 9 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to more selections, Fourth-N-Long now offers a rolling selection of micro-brews and craft beers. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 great restaurants in Greendale, West Allis with outdoor seating (and some old favorites)," 14 June 2018 And, of course, there’s the incredible array of Coloradan craft brews on tap all over town. Andrew Nusca, Fortune, "VMware, AMD, GE, and the U.S. Air Force Are Coming to Fortune Brainstorm Tech 2018," 1 June 2018 The Triple Mocha Frappuccino is made of sweet cold brew whipped cream, dark mocha sauce, coffee, milk, ice and dark mocha drizzle. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Starbucks adds 2 new Frappuccinos to its permanent menu," 1 May 2018 On the retail side, Blue Star Donuts flagship will feature a long white counter with more new flavors on display and both Coava cold brew and Steven Smith iced tea on tap. Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "There's a new downtown food cart specializing in Shanghai-style pan-fried soup dumplings," 9 May 2018 The cold brew line got its chance after Bebe Goodrich, founder and former president of Icebox Coffee pitched her products. William Thornton, AL.com, "Royal Cup Cold Brew coffee coming to Walmart," 26 Apr. 2018 Some Kenyan farmers will miss out on expanding the crop to meet 2 to 3 percent annual growth in global demand for coffee, according to Nestle, as consumers discover new ways of consuming coffee, including capsules and cold brews. Duncan Miriri, The Christian Science Monitor, "Nestle offers aid to struggling Kenyan coffee farmers," 21 Mar. 2018 Any time to drink cold brew wine sounds like a good time to me! Danielle Tullo, Cosmopolitan, "Cold Brew Red Wine Now Exists, and Holy Sh*t I Want 10 Bottles," 14 Mar. 2018 Most breweries use a cold brew method, or one that’s flash chilled after brewing to prepare the coffee, and then dose it into the beer after fermentation. Markus Haas, San Antonio Express-News, "Wake up and smell the coffee beer!," 22 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of brew

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1510, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for brew

Verb

Middle English, from Old English brēowan; akin to Latin fervēre to boil — more at barm

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brew

verb

English Language Learners Definition of brew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (beer, ale, etc.)
: to make (coffee, tea, etc.)
: to start to form

brew

noun

English Language Learners Definition of brew (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US : a drink (such as beer or ale) that is made by brewing
British : a cup of tea
: a mixture of different things

brew

verb
\ ˈbrü How to pronounce brew (audio) \
brewed; brewing

Kids Definition of brew

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to make (beer) from water, malt, and hops
2 : to prepare by soaking in hot water brew tea
3 : plan entry 2 sense 2 He's brewing mischief.
4 : to start to form A storm is brewing.

Other Words from brew

brewer noun

brew

noun

Kids Definition of brew (Entry 2 of 2)

: something made by brewing

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