Different types of beers explained

Posted by Scratch

Friday, June 21 - As we head into the weekend, I found a good website that does a great job of explaining just what the heck and how many different kinds of beers are there out there for us beer drinkers to enjoy?

The website Webstaurant writes that with over 3,000 craft breweries in the United States, it’s safe to say that craft beer is bigger than ever.

Knowing about the different types of beer can help us impress our beer buddies and maybe even the ladies. Knowledge of beer can empower us to make recommendations and suggestions about the best food and beer pairings.

The categories of beer

All beers are either lagers or ales, the site writes. This is largely determined by the type of yeast used during the fermentation process.

Lagers are made with yeast that ferments at the bottom of the beer mixture, and ales are made with yeast that ferments at the top. There are also spontaneously fermenting yeasts, which make wild or sour ales, the website informs.

Moreover, according to the site, once you’ve figured out if your beer is a lager or an ale, there is further differentiation determined by the flavor, color, and aroma of the beer.

These factors determine what style family a given beer falls into. Within that style family, there are varieties, which have even more distinct characteristics, the site tells us.

The site offers this example: an American Lager and a German Helles are both lagers that belong to the "pale lagers and pilsners" style family. They are two different varieties of beer, however, and while they are similar, they are also distinctly different. Think of the different varieties like brothers; they have definite similarities, but ultimately, they are each their own person.

There you go my friends. You won’t seem so obnoxiously drunk next time when you can at least tell your buddies a thing or two about beer that they previously didn’t know.

Learn more about beer by visiting the link provided below… And grab a beer while you are at it.