Ap­pre­ci­ate your beer

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Beerʼs promi­nence and pop­u­lar­ity comes by its age: it’s the ear­li­est form of al­co­hol ever made. The for­mula for beer has re­mained un­changed: yeast, hops, wa­ter and bar­ley are brewed and then left to fer­ment, be­fore be­ing bot­tled. To most peo­ple, beerʼs just the most con­ve­nient drink to have, but con­nois­seurs ap­pre­ci­ate its va­ri­ety and qual­ity around the world, much like a dark spirit.

LAGER OR ALE

The two main cat­e­gories of beer are lager and ale. Pal­ette-wise, lagers are crisp and clean while ales tend to be flavour­ful. This is pri­mar­ily due to a dif­fer­ent type of yeast used in fer­men­ta­tion, at dif­fer­ent tem­per­a­tures and lengths. All of the dif­fer­ences be­tween the two arise from this one point. Within the two fam­i­lies, there are sub cat­e­gories – pale ales, brown ales, stouts and pil­sners and dark lagers.

Beer is gen­er­ally mea­sured in three main cat­e­gories: bit­ter­ness, strength and fi­nal grav­ity. Bit­ter­ness is de­ter­mined by the use of hops. Strength in­di­cates al­co­hol con­tent.

PALELAGER straw to golden colours, crisp, gen­er­ally sweet with some hints of bit­ter­ness. A good ex­am­ple of a pale lager would be the pop­u­lar Heineken, Kirin or Tiger.

PILSNER light yel­low to golden, with a foamy pres­ence with greater bit­ter­ness than pale lagers. Bin­tang Beer or Am­s­tel are typ­i­cal pil­sners.

PALEALE pro­duced us­ing pale malt, it has a lighter colour than other beers, and are gen­er­ally bit­ter and hoppy (aro­matic with plant flavours) with crisp notes. Com­monly found in craft brew­eries such as Ar­chi­pel­ago.

WHEATBEER Top-fer­mented, it comes un­der the broad class of ales, brewed with a large pro­por­tion of wheat. Char­ac­ter­is­tics gen­er­ally in­clude a malty flavour, low hop bit­ter­ness,

and fruiti­ness. One of the more pop­u­lar la­bels in this cat­e­gory would be Erdinger.

STOUT Made with roasted malt or bar­ley, they have a roasted fla­vor with sweet­ness and bit­ter fin­ish. A well-known stout would be Guin­ness. Guin­ness Draught uses ni­tro­gen for smaller bub­bles for a creamier head, whereas the For­eign Ex­tra Stout uses dou­ble hops for its bit­ter­sweet taste.

A Stout Flavour

Stouts are typ­i­cally seen as heav­ier beer due to the colour, but in fact it is due to the roasting of the barely. The roasted bar­ley also ac­cen­tu­ates its flavours, mak­ing it ideal for con­nois­seurs. Stouts such as Guin­ness For­eign Ex­tra Stout were tra­di­tion­ally brewed in Ireland and shipped all over the world, there­fore it is brewed with ex­tra hops and higher al­co­hol con­tent to with­stand the long ship­ping du­ra­tion.

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