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Any­one can dive into a beer made with straw­ber­ries, cof­fee, or any num­ber of in­gre­di­ents, but if you want a drink that stands out from the flavourob­sessed crowd, opt for a beer with mixed parent­age. A hy­brid such as Ger­many’s Kölsch, for ex­am­ple, is an ale that is held at cold tem­per­a­tures after fer­men­ta­tion – a prac­tice more as­so­ci­ated with lagers. The new­est style is black IPA (In­dia pale ale), which is win­ning fans for com­bin­ing the smooth­ness of dark beers with the hop­pi­ness of pale ales.


Un­like the pres­tige that sur­rounds sin­gle malt whiskies, beers that use only one va­ri­ety of hops – as op­posed to a blend – can wind up weak and depth­less. That be­ing said, sin­gle-hop beers – es­pe­cially those that use hops with enough char­ac­ter to carry the beer alone – are ex­cel­lent for teach­ing drinkers about the in­gre­di­ent that gives dif­fer­ent beers their unique flavour pro­files.


You’ve drunk your way through a hun­dred fancy bot­tles (or cans) and built up not just your beer glos­sary, but also your flavour vo­cab­u­lary. It’s time to have a go-to beer that you can rely on for a good time. Or­der it even if the bar or restau­rant doesn’t carry it. You want a favourite that’s from a lesser-known brew­ery, but not one so ob­scure that the bar­man thinks you’re mak­ing it up. Even if the es­tab­lish­ment doesn’t carry it, your knowl­edge will im­press, and it can lead to a di­a­logue on sim­i­lar styles that you may en­joy.

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