So you are over 21 and you like yourself some beer. Well, what do you know about it? Oh yeah? Really? Hmmm…No, no…that’s good. But could be better. Let us help you.
There are lagers and ales. Beers are divided into these two categories by the kinds of yeast used during their creation and by the temperatures used to ferment the two different kinds of beer. Lagers use a yeast that best ferments at cool temperatures, and ales use a yeast that best ferments at warmer temperatures. So, it’s a hot and cold thing, you know.
We will break it down a little further. You got your lagers:
Pale Lagers: These have a light color and are light-bodied. They are highly carbonated and have a light taste. Mainstream examples of pale lager beers are what you would find from any major American brewing company.
Pilsners: A pilsner beer has a pale color like a pale lager, but is more bitter in taste. The flavors of pilsners are more distinctive than pale lagers.
Light Lagers: There are two different types of light lager beers. American light lagers use less hops and barley in order to create low calorie beers. European light lagers are lagers that are pale in color and light in taste (What is the point of that? Who knows?).
Dark Lagers: Dark lager beers are made with roasted hops and barley. This means they have much richer flavors and are dark in color. They are full-bodied and flavorful.
And you got your ales (known here as the “yummy ones”):
Brown Ales: Brown ale beer is red to copper in color and is rather mild in flavor.
Porters: Porter beer is darker in color and is full-bodied, with the barley flavors dominating over the mild hop flavors. They are richly flavored. Some porters even taste like chocolate. And chocolate is good.
Stouts: Stout beer is very similar to a porter. Stout beer is the darkest and thickest of the beers. The strong barley and hops flavors prevail in this dark beer.
Witbiers: Witbier (or Wheat beer, which is beer made from wheat) is a beer that is brewed with a large proportion of wheat (see!). Wheat beers often also contain a significant proportion of malted barley. Wheat beers are usually top-fermented.The flavor of wheat beers varies considerably, depending upon the specific style.
Past Beers of the Show from our live Saturday show:
3/28/2015: Lost Coast Brewery’s 8 Ball Stout
3/21/2015: Shipyard Brewing Company’s Smashed Pumpkin
3/14/2015: North Coast Brewing Company’s Scrimshaw
3/7/2015: Samuel Adams’ Fat Jack
2/28/2015: Revolution Brewing Company’s A Little Crazy
2/21/2015: Sweetwater Brewing Company’s Spinnerbait