Craft Beer 101
What is a Craft Beer?
- Freshly made beer with malts, hops, yeast and water
- Traditional but has more personality
- Independent and owned by passionate brewers
- Micro-brewed in small batches -- not mass produced
- Variant-filled beer styles
Basic Beer Ingredients:
Definition of Terms:
- ABV - Alcohol by Volume
- IBU - International Bitterness Units
- Blonde Ale
- An easy-to-drink craft beer that has moderate bitterness and maltiness. Some variants are brewed with real fruits giving it a unique natural taste.
- A refreshing summer beer style that usually has the taste of banana and clove. These beers are naturally poured with a cloudy body but presents a familiar flavor.
- Lager (Pilsner, Kolsch)
- The original pale and hoppy beer style; it offers a clean and bready maltiness with lots of hop character. It has a crisp and clean flavor that will make it your go-to, end of the day beer.
- Pale Ale
- The Pale Ale has a medium body and low to medium maltiness that may include some caramel malt character.
- Dark (Brown Ale, Porter, Stout)
- Dark beers are composed of brown ales, porters and stouts that give variety to the thickness and complexity of this beer style. They are bold with dry-roasted bitterness that elevates a chocolate or coffee finish.
- India Pale Ale
- The India Pale Ale is the go-to beer for craft beer connoisseurs. It is a beefed-up version of a Pale Ale, made using more hops and with a higher alcohol content. The IPA has a complex sense of bitterness because of the more nuanced contributions hops add to a beer such as aroma and flavor.