Beginner Beer Enthusiast

There are two basic styles of beer: ale and lager. Within these two styles, there are many subtle variations.

What’s an Ale?

Typically “flowery” or “fruity” beers that are brewed using top-fermenting yeast, Ales are fermented using higher temperatures and because of this, are often served warmer than their Lager counterparts. Contrary to a popular myth, the term “ale” has absolutely nothing to do with the alcohol content of the beer,

Some Tasty Examples of Ales:

  • Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
  • Brooklyn Defender IPA
  • Thirsty Dog Citra Dog IPA
  • Uinta Hop Nosh

What’s a Lager?

The word “Lager” comes from the German word “logern” meaning “to store.” A perfect description for beer that slowly ferments at lower temperatures (generally around 34°F) and was traditionally stashed in cellars and caves until the fermentation was complete. Lagers are known for their crisp, clean flavors and include many of the most popular styles of beer today.

Some Tasty Examples of Lagers:

  • Hofbrau Original
  • Brooklyn Lager
  • Sam Adams Boston Lager

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