- to make (beer, ale, etc.) by steeping, boiling, and fermenting malt and hops.
- to make or prepare (a beverage, as tea) by mixing, steeping, soaking, or boiling a solid in water.
- to concoct, mix, or cook (a beverage or food, especially one containing unmeasured or unusual ingredients): She brewed a pot of soup from the leftovers.
- to contrive, plan, or bring about: to brew mischief.
- to make a fermented alcoholic malt beverage, as beer or ale.
- to boil, steep, soak, or cook: Wait until the tea brews.
- a quantity brewed in a single process.
- a particular brewing or variety of malt liquor.
- a hot beverage made by cooking a solid in water, especially tea or coffee.
- any concoction, especially a liquid produced by a mixture of unusual ingredients: a witches' brew.
- beer or ale.
- an individual serving of beer or ale: Let's have a few brews after the game.
- be brewing, to be forming or gathering; be in preparation: Trouble was brewing.
Origin of brew
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Examples from the Web for brew
Industrial production and technology have permanently altered the way we brew our inebriating ethanol.‘Drunk History’: A Booze Cruise of Red, White, and Blood
July 8, 2014
Maier arrived in the coastal town of Newport, Oregon, just in time for the first brew.The Hop-Crazy Master Brewer
June 9, 2014
And once or twice a week, I will brew three gallon batches of iced tea, and put it in refrigeration.How I Write: Michael Connelly
January 8, 2014
And the bit of divine genius to name the brew Mmmhops, displaying a remarkable sense of humor—not to mention self-awareness?Hanson Got Me Drunk on Their New Beer, Mmmhops (Really)
September 18, 2013
Ghost Shark hides inside the water used to brew a pot of coffee.The Craziest Moments From ‘Ghost Shark’ (VIDEO)
August 23, 2013
Why, marry, I can brew a bowl of punch, and I can broil a devilled fowl.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
He must brew, bake, salt and preserve his food, and pile wood and coal.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Ask again at the cottage at the top of the brew," he shouted.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
Among the brasseries in Paris this the most desirable to lovers of the Bohemian brew.Melomaniacs
This brew was good for fevers; and whisky was good for everything else.The Heart of Thunder Mountain
Edfrid A. Bingham
- to make (beer, ale, etc) from malt and other ingredients by steeping, boiling, and fermentation
- to prepare (a drink, such as tea) by boiling or infusing
- (tr) to devise or planto brew a plot
- (intr) to be in the process of being brewedthe tea was brewing in the pot
- (intr) to be impending or formingthere's a storm brewing
- a beverage produced by brewing, esp tea or beera strong brew
- an instance or time of brewinglast year's brew
- a mixturean eclectic brew of mysticism and political discontent
- Northern English dialect a hill
Word Origin and History for brew
Old English breowan "to brew" (class II strong verb, past tense breaw, past participle browen), from Proto-Germanic *breuwan "to brew" (cf. Old Norse brugga, Old Frisian briuwa, Middle Dutch brouwen, Old High German briuwan, German brauen "to brew"), from PIE root *bhreue- "to bubble, boil, effervesce" (cf. Sanskrit bhurnih "violent, passionate," Greek phrear "well, spring, cistern," Latin fervere "to boil, foam," Thracian Greek brytos "fermented liquor made from barley," Russian bruja "current," Old Irish bruth "heat;" Old English beorma "yeast;" Old High German brato "roast meat"), the original sense thus being "make a drink by boiling." Related: Brewed; brewing.
c.1500, "a brewed beverage," from brew (v.).