- 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 brewed
The yellowed label indicated that it was brewed decades ago.China Is Brewing Wine From Tiger Bones
July 22, 2014
Boehner has brewed a warmed-over Mitt Romney plan while omitting the noxious idea of voucherizing Medicare.Robert Shrum: Obama Won Election & Will Win Again on Fiscal Cliff
December 7, 2012
A can of Red Bull contains 80 milligrams of caffeine, about the same as are in a regular cup of brewed coffee.Was Demi Moore Really Addicted to Red Bull?
February 1, 2012
In the latest battle of the beers, only one feature matters—how much alcohol is brewed into each ounce.
The rules: Every beer considered had to be brewed in the United States.
Then he went downstairs and brewed Sir Arthur's morning coffee as usual.The Missionary
That was a fine, dark potion you brewed for me last night, Sieglinde!Melomaniacs
A kettle of this was brewed, and it served to stimulate and warm them.The Gaunt Gray Wolf
There, it might be, the deadly plants from which The Master's poison was brewed were grown.
But a light beer is also brewed in Bulgaria, and drunk by the inhabitants.Bulgaria
- 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 brewed
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.).