How important is carbon dioxide to brewing?

I think its the most important thing about brewing, but, I'm curious about what you think. Why is carbon dioxide so important?

Edit: Read my attempt at an answer.


Craft Man said...

I think it has a lot to do with bringing out the flavor as well as masking the alcohol.

Jim said...

Hmm, interesting question - I think CO2 is very important, but I wouldn't say it's the *most* important...for that, I think I'd say yeast since they create the CO2 and alcohol. However, you can't really have beer without the malt and hops, too, right? Now we're getting into beer philosophy!

Adam said...

I hear ya. I can live with those answers. There's more to be said though.