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v. brewed, brew·ing, brews
1. To make (ale or beer) from malt and hops by infusion, boiling, and fermentation.
2. To make (a beverage) by boiling, steeping, or mixing various ingredients: brew tea.
3. To concoct; devise: brew a plot to overthrow the government.
1. To make ale or beer as an occupation.
2. To be made by boiling or steeping: As the coffee brewed, I paced in the kitchen.
3. To be imminent; impend: "storms brewing on every frontier" (John Dos Passos).
a. A beverage made by brewing.
b. A serving of such a beverage.
2. Something produced as if by brewing; a mix: Their politics were a strange brew of idealism and self-interest.

[Middle English brewen, from Old English brēowan; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots.]

brew′age n.
brew′er n.


1. (Brewing) a product of brewing; brew
2. (Brewing) the process of brewing


(ˈbru ɪdʒ)

a liquor brewed from malt.


 a mixture of various things—Johnson, 1755.
Examples: brewage of best Spanish wine, 1848; of tempests, 1821.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.brewage - drink made by steeping and boiling and fermenting rather than distillingbrewage - drink made by steeping and boiling and fermenting rather than distilling
alcohol, alcoholic beverage, alcoholic drink, inebriant, intoxicant - a liquor or brew containing alcohol as the active agent; "alcohol (or drink) ruined him"
beer - a general name for alcoholic beverages made by fermenting a cereal (or mixture of cereals) flavored with hops
kvass - fermented beverage resembling beer but made from rye or barley
mead - made of fermented honey and water
cassiri - a drink resembling beer; made from fermented cassava juice
spruce beer - a brew made by fermenting molasses and other sugars with the sap of spruce trees (sometimes with malt)
References in classic literature ?
No less than five persons, during the forenoon, inquired for ginger-beer, or root-beer, or any drink of a similar brewage, and, obtaining nothing of the kind, went off in an exceedingly bad humor.
For instance, Fisiak lists only the assimilated orthography of coca cola: koka-kola, the preponderant spelling of which nowadays is the former, possibly due to an increased exposure of Poles to commercials advertising this brewage and the brewage as such.
134); "What bad use was that engine for" (140)--and responds with grotesque speculations: "'tis a brute must walk / Pashing their life out, with a brute's intents" (71-72); "Toads in a poisoned tank, / Or wild cats in a red-hot iron cage" (131-32); "Mad brewage set to work / Their brains, no doubt, like galley-slaves the Turk / Pits for his pastime" (136-38); "to sharpen its rusty teeth of steel" (144).