Definition of brew in US English:

brew

verb

[with object]
  • 1Make (beer) by soaking, boiling, and fermentation.

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

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

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

  • 1A kind of beer.

    ‘nonalcoholic brews’
    • ‘Specific yeasts for the style of beers being brewed are used, thus producing brews with their own individual characters.’
    • ‘The problems are the same as with other new product explosions of recent years, such as non-alcohol brews.’
    • ‘Striding to the side of the room, she picked up a beer mug, a bottle of the local brew, and a rather thick straw.’
    • ‘Mixing beers requires balancing the attributes of one brew with the characteristics of another.’
    • ‘In fact, the brew was known as ‘small beer’ because it was weak enough to be consumed by children.’
    • ‘Beer fans will love the selection of brews offered at Clubhouse.’
    • ‘The pub's local brews loosen bodies taut from a day on the hill.’
    • ‘Make sure to wash it down with one of the tasty local brews they offer, or any other drink you can think of.’
    • ‘This brew is the first Czech beer in Poland.’
    • ‘Beer brands are under pressure as young drinkers migrate from beer to spirits and baby boomers drink lighter brews.’
    • ‘The word Beer used to refer to a brew containing hops, or Beor (honey).’
    • ‘Belgian ales and other high alcohol brews are served in more traditional footed goblets.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I asked for a pint of his favorite brew, my American accent blowing any chances of local anonymity.’
    • ‘They brew Belgian-style beers as well as import brews from Belgium.’
    • ‘The beer, a local brew called Schlafly, was quite good.’
    • ‘Other than the most traditional brews, tombo is brewed from sorghum.’
    • ‘Company products include specialty beers, malt beverages and non-alcoholic brews.’
    • ‘Table tents hawk local brews such as Red Brick Ale, served in a tall glass.’
    beer, ale
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    1. 1.1informal A serving of beer.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The innkeeper who sat across from the hunter however gave a small whistle before drinking his own brew.’
      • ‘Gank will probably come around the corner any minute and sit on the porch and chop it up with you, drink a brew.’
      • ‘My officemates liked having cold brews on tap.’
      • ‘Then he drank the entire brew without bringing the bottle down once.’
  • 2A cup or mug of tea or coffee.

    • ‘It is well known among soldiers for delivering hot and cold brews and biscuits.’
    • ‘After stirring the hot brew once more, she set the bowl aside and turned to Will.’
    • ‘You've just got to try drinking a herbal brew from a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner.’
    • ‘She got a brew of her own and started drinking in big gulps.’
  • 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).’
    • ‘It's a potent brew of emotions that is imparted with much laughter through tears.’
    • ‘Use this basic lemonade to make even better brew.’
    • ‘Toss back this special brew to help repair your burned-out muscles.’
    • ‘Still, given the potent brew of personalities, it was natural that rumours would flourish, and they did.’
    • ‘But here is the third element in the devil's brew.’
    • ‘When she wants to relax, she picks some leaves from each plant and makes her own herbal brew.’
    • ‘Mrs. Twittle, the cook, smiled at her kindly while stirring an undoubtedly delicious brew in a large pot.’
    • ‘Today, a bubbling brew of cynicism and suspicion seems the cocktail of choice for millions.’
    • ‘Other thirst quenchers are the alcoholic brews, Mango Cooler and Ginger Beer.’
    • ‘But, look, we have a rather toxic brew of electronic media that's certainly a contributor.’
    • ‘Human skin particles, pollen, and smoke are all part of this bothersome brew of irritants.’
    • ‘This ranking system makes for a very addictive brew.’
    • ‘Tests have revealed high levels of air pollutants forming a perpetual noxious brew in the worst affected areas.’
    • ‘The birds are marinated in a brew of beer, soy sauce, and brown sugar, then finished with an orange-brandy glaze.’
    • ‘New public management is a complex brew of political, economic and managerial claims.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Enzymes, bacteria, acids and other strange brews have been offered as magic bullets for obstinate algae.’
    • ‘Wright's powerful vocals are the final ingredient in this engaging brew.’
    mixture, mix, blend, combination, compound, amalgam, concoction, pot-pourri, melange
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Origin

Old English brēowan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch brouwen and German brauen.

Pronunciation

brew

/bru//bro͞o/