So, you’ve always felt a little left out of beer conversations. Maybe it’s your friends talking about that new craft brew they just discovered, or standing in front of a beer fridge at the store and not knowing what to grab. It’s not because you don’t like beer, you’ve just never taken it upon yourself to learn more.
What you really need is a brief guide, especially now that you can order your newly discovered favourites from The Beer Store on foodora.
Here’s our version of a beginner’s guide to beer.
This is the golden stuff. Ever had beer from a green bottle? Yep, that’s it too. There are tons of craft varieties as well, but generally they all tend to be light in both flavour and colour, and they’re easy to drink. If you’re new to beer, this is a great place to start.
This is actually just a type of lager. It’s got a spicy flavor and aroma, and is probably the most popular style of beer in the world. Each region has its own distinct flavours, but no matter where you travel, if you just ask for “a beer,” you’ll likely get a Pilsner.
Generally speaking, anything that’s not a lager is an ale. It can range from light-ish in colour, to super dark. It tends to be much more flavorful than lagers, though sometimes that extra flavor can be accompanied by bitterness. Pay attention to some of the aromas here.
Stands for India Pale Ale. Extra bitter (which you should now call “hoppy”), but light in colour. Once you get used to that hoppier taste, this style might become one of your favourites.
This ale tastes a bit coffee-like or chocolatey. It’s smooth, slightly smokey, rich in flavor, and a bit bitter, but tends to be easy to drink.
Less chocolatey, more smokey. Both darker and more bitter than a Porter, but they’re also usually sweeter and very rich in flavor. You want to savour these ones though, as they’re often heavier than they sound.
There are so many more beer varieties for you to explore (think: Hefeweizen, ESB, Pale Ales, Amber Ales, Brown Ales, Belgians, and Sours, if you wanna have a google), but hopefully this covers it when you feel like trying something new from The Beer Store to order on foodora. And for those beer conversations, it’ll at least be enough to make you sound like you know more than you really do.