Definition of brew in English:



  • 1Make (beer) by soaking, boiling, and fermentation.

    ‘within five years the company will brew as much beer in China as in Australia’
    ‘the brewing industry’
    • ‘Nigerians in the coastal regions drink palm wine and locally brewed beer.’
    • ‘The beer is brewed with two-row pale and specialty malts, rolled oats, roasted barley, wheat and four types of hops.’
    • ‘They brew Belgian-style beers as well as import brews from Belgium.’
    • ‘Rwandan beer is brewed from sorghum and plantains.’
    • ‘It brews five beers on the premises, including a signature stout.’
    • ‘Many householders from the gentry downwards, and most retailers, brewed their own beer.’
    • ‘Wood provided fuel for domestic heat and cooking, and for industrial processes such as brewing beer or smelting iron.’
    • ‘In case you didn't know, the beer is naturally brewed.’
    • ‘The beer is brewed with ‘only the finest sun-ripened hops, grains and barley.’’
    • ‘We brew fantastic beer, but we want to lead with our restaurant.’
    • ‘Or was the water carried to the top and the beer ceremonially brewed up there?’
    • ‘He had been brewing beer for the last thirty-five years.’
    • ‘They brew cask beers using only traditional methods and use mainly locally grown hops wherever possible.’
    • ‘When you have a lot of responsibilities, you never get quite the time as a creative person, like brewing the beer.’
    • ‘Many early societies brewed beer with a very low alcohol content.’
    • ‘The brewery wants to be seen as the good guys, brewing a clean beer.’
    • ‘However, brewing beer is a low-margin business and US sales have disappointed this year.’
    • ‘A brewer had the idea of brewing a beer that united the flavors of all three.’
    • ‘They need to learn where each beer is brewed, and be able to describe the flavors of each one in one sentence.’
    • ‘Bock beer was traditionally brewed in the fall.’
    • ‘About two hundred litres of beer are brewed in one go.’
    • ‘Even though I have no idea where Belgium is, they brew a fine beer.’
    ferment, make
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  • 2Make (tea or coffee) by mixing it with hot water.

    ‘I've just brewed some coffee’
    • ‘Tamora now applied her feverish fingers to brewing the tea.’
    • ‘You don't have to go as far as baking bread or brewing coffee to create an appealing aroma.’
    • ‘Frowning, Jackson turned and walked into the kitchen, toasting some bread, and brewing some coffee.’
    • ‘Her last efforts to brew chamomile tea only resulted in failure and harsh embarrassment.’
    • ‘He smiled at the guests and said, ‘Sylvia and my wife are in the kitchen brewing some tea.’’
    • ‘All green and black tea is brewed from the leaves of one bush, the camellia sinensis.’
    • ‘Parched corn coffee was brewed by mixing roasted corn with boiling water.’
    • ‘Lindsey was behind the counter, brewing up some coffee for her companions.’
    • ‘She's a self confessed coffee snob and brews up her beans in a small percolator.’
    • ‘Then she added water and started brewing the coffee.’
    • ‘He also brewed a jasmine tea that he had found in one of the cupboards.’
    • ‘Some male executives make a point of brewing their own coffee to symbolize their professed non-sexist orientation.’
    • ‘Once the tapioca balls are prepared, red tea is brewed.’
    • ‘Wake up… Someone's brewing coffee in the next room…’
    • ‘He then told me that he had forgotten to remove the coffee grounds from the maker before I brewed my tea.’
    • ‘Any proper tea merchant knows that a Yixing pot should only be used to brew green tea.’
    • ‘The smell of fresh brewing coffee fills my nose.’
    • ‘I spent the first break in the office kitchen, brewing up a pot of quick-drip coffee.’
    • ‘She brews tea, strong and perfumed, to cover the smell of her offering to the God.’
    • ‘They called it a ‘coffee shop’ but most of us knew that they weren't brewing coffee.’
    prepare, infuse, make
    infuse, be in preparation
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    1. 2.1British informal Make tea.
      ‘he insisted on sitting us down and then went to brew up’
      • ‘So if you're looking for a metabolic boost, brew up some green tea.’
      • ‘He brewed up some tea and started a fire while Jocelyn dried her face and cleaned herself up a little.’
      • ‘The dark-haired lady smiled and began brewing up some cold tea.’
      • ‘So go ahead and brew up a pot of Darjeeling or Earl Grey for the simple pleasure of it, and savor the moment.’
      • ‘She had brewed up some sassafras tea and given him a mug to drink in front of the fire.’
  • 3[no object] (of an unwelcome event or situation) begin to develop.

    ‘there was more trouble brewing as the miners went on strike’
    ‘a storm was brewing’
    • ‘A small headache suddenly began brewing between her eyes.’
    • ‘I could tell by his face that yet another damn question was brewing.’
    • ‘That means that we potentially have two tragedies brewing here.’
    • ‘More ominously, a major economic crisis is clearly brewing in Latin America.’
    • ‘On the entertainment front, a storm was brewing.’
    • ‘Enter a new, super-strict manager at the old hotel, and trouble begins to brew in the air.’
    • ‘When urine flow becomes obstructed, there's a real emergency brewing.’
    • ‘A similar debate is brewing on the other side of the Atlantic.’
    • ‘It starts well and ends well, but there's trouble brewing in the middle.’
    • ‘But quietly, behind the scenes, a revolution was brewing.’
    • ‘As crises brew in the homeland, the civilian sector will see it and respond first.’
    • ‘If a rebellion is brewing, I saw no indication of it.’
    • ‘First of all, we don't have that situation brewing right now.’
    • ‘Tensions arising from this situation brewed for several years.’
    • ‘Another look at the sky told him that there was one heck of a storm brewing up in the mountains.’
    • ‘The bottom line is that another crisis is brewing and again it revolves around healthcare.’
    • ‘With the Asian economic crisis brewing, Martin also kept his eye on Korea.’
    • ‘Typically these are places cheerful locals head to when they hear of yet another storm brewing off the Gulf coast.’
    • ‘This is usual the time when tropical storms begin to brew.’
    • ‘Trouble was now beginning to brew for or near him, if it hadn't yet done so.’
    develop, gather force, loom, be close, be ominously close, be on the way, be on the horizon, be in the offing, be in the wings, be imminent, be threatening, be impending, impend, be just around the corner
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  • 1A kind of beer.

    ‘small breweries which are able to offer rare brews’
    • ‘Table tents hawk local brews such as Red Brick Ale, served in a tall glass.’
    • ‘The beer, a local brew called Schlafly, was quite good.’
    • ‘Mixing beers requires balancing the attributes of one brew with the characteristics of another.’
    • ‘The pub's local brews loosen bodies taut from a day on the hill.’
    • ‘Striding to the side of the room, she picked up a beer mug, a bottle of the local brew, and a rather thick straw.’
    • ‘Belgian ales and other high alcohol brews are served in more traditional footed goblets.’
    • ‘Specific yeasts for the style of beers being brewed are used, thus producing brews with their own individual characters.’
    • ‘Beer, especially darker brews, are rich in antioxidants.’
    • ‘Contrary to popular belief, most dark beers don't have appreciably more calories than light-colored brews.’
    • ‘Beer brands are under pressure as young drinkers migrate from beer to spirits and baby boomers drink lighter brews.’
    • ‘They brew Belgian-style beers as well as import brews from Belgium.’
    • ‘In fact, the brew was known as ‘small beer’ because it was weak enough to be consumed by children.’
    • ‘This brew is the first Czech beer in Poland.’
    • ‘The word Beer used to refer to a brew containing hops, or Beor (honey).’
    • ‘I asked for a pint of his favorite brew, my American accent blowing any chances of local anonymity.’
    • ‘Company products include specialty beers, malt beverages and non-alcoholic brews.’
    • ‘The problems are the same as with other new product explosions of recent years, such as non-alcohol brews.’
    • ‘Beer fans will love the selection of brews offered at Clubhouse.’
    • ‘Make sure to wash it down with one of the tasty local brews they offer, or any other drink you can think of.’
    • ‘Other than the most traditional brews, tombo is brewed from sorghum.’
    beer, ale
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    1. 1.1informal A glass or can of beer.
      ‘he dug a brew out from the cooler and flipped the ringtop’
      • ‘My officemates liked having cold brews on tap.’
      • ‘The innkeeper who sat across from the hunter however gave a small whistle before drinking his own brew.’
      • ‘Then he drank the entire brew without bringing the bottle down once.’
      • ‘He reached into the fridge and brought out another pair of brew, placing it beside Sofia's empty bottle.’
      • ‘It featured 377 breweries pouring brews for more than 29,500 attendees.’
      • ‘Gank will probably come around the corner any minute and sit on the porch and chop it up with you, drink a brew.’
  • 2A cup or mug of tea or coffee.

    ‘she took a sip of the hot reviving brew’
    • ‘She got a brew of her own and started drinking in big gulps.’
    • ‘After stirring the hot brew once more, she set the bowl aside and turned to Will.’
    • ‘It is well known among soldiers for delivering hot and cold brews and biscuits.’
    • ‘You've just got to try drinking a herbal brew from a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner.’
  • 3A mixture of events, people, or things which interact to form a more potent whole.

    ‘a dangerous brew of political turmoil and violent conflict’
    • ‘There's hot cider for all (grown-ups can spike the brew with pumpkin- and spice-infused vodka).’
    • ‘Enzymes, bacteria, acids and other strange brews have been offered as magic bullets for obstinate algae.’
    • ‘New public management is a complex brew of political, economic and managerial claims.’
    • ‘Wright's powerful vocals are the final ingredient in this engaging brew.’
    • ‘Tests have revealed high levels of air pollutants forming a perpetual noxious brew in the worst affected areas.’
    • ‘Toss back this special brew to help repair your burned-out muscles.’
    • ‘Use this basic lemonade to make even better brew.’
    • ‘Human skin particles, pollen, and smoke are all part of this bothersome brew of irritants.’
    • ‘The birds are marinated in a brew of beer, soy sauce, and brown sugar, then finished with an orange-brandy glaze.’
    • ‘But here is the third element in the devil's brew.’
    • ‘Today, a bubbling brew of cynicism and suspicion seems the cocktail of choice for millions.’
    • ‘Still, given the potent brew of personalities, it was natural that rumours would flourish, and they did.’
    • ‘This ranking system makes for a very addictive brew.’
    • ‘Other thirst quenchers are the alcoholic brews, Mango Cooler and Ginger Beer.’
    • ‘It's a potent brew of emotions that is imparted with much laughter through tears.’
    • ‘But, look, we have a rather toxic brew of electronic media that's certainly a contributor.’
    • ‘When she wants to relax, she picks some leaves from each plant and makes her own herbal brew.’
    • ‘Both served up a lovely, lurid brew of greed, murder and deviously twisted or mistaken identities.’
    • ‘Slowly the black metallic brew brought us to life.’
    • ‘Mrs. Twittle, the cook, smiled at her kindly while stirring an undoubtedly delicious brew in a large pot.’
    mixture, mix, blend, combination, compound, amalgam, concoction, pot-pourri, melange
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Old English brēowan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch brouwen and German brauen.