Craft Beer – 2.0
I hope all of you liked my earlier blog about craft beer, since you’re here I believe I got you a tiny bit curious about craft beer. As we talked earlier about basics of craft beer, today I will take you further to know the types of craft beer.
There are more than a hundred kinds of craft beer and it will take a lifetime to taste all of them and develop a strong liking for a single one. There are so many options available to try that it’s very necessary to know basics of craft beer and what you are being offered.
Craft beer can be broadly divided into two categories which are:
Ale – Those who are interested in medieval history or who’s fond of Game of Thrones must’ve heard of ale. Ales have a history of thousands of years, pretty older than the lager. Ale is created in many different varieties, the ale style of beer is brewed with top-fermenting yeast and fermented warm.
It’s even served at cellar temperature sometimes reaching 50 degrees. It’s generally observed that ales are generally stronger and more forceful in taste than lagers due to their faster and warmer fermentation, this process sometimes gets completed in short duration such as a week. Ales have many varieties like brown ales, pale ales, porters, stouts. It’s served under many names like American Amber Ale, American Black Ale, Imperial Porter, American Brown Ale, American Imperial Stout.
Lager – Lagers are less common in the craft beer scene. As Ale was top fermented, lagers are bottom fermented and are brewed at colder temperatures. Due to colder temperatures fermentation can even take months to complete. Colder fermentation process tends to provide a cleaner, crisper, smoother and more mellow taste. Lagers are always served at colder temperatures like 40 degrees.
Lagers can be pale or Bocks, and Pilsener and served under many names like Vienna Style Lager, American Amber Lager, American Lager.
Keep drinking and keep learning. Cheers!