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Beer Styles

By January 2, 2018 No Comments
beer styles

With over 30 beers on tap, including domestics, imports and 20+ seasonal & limited craft beer releases, deciphering a beer list can get tricky. From Ales to Lagers and IPAs to Stouts & Porters, we put together some information on beer styles to help guide you through our list!

Lager

It’s no surprise that lagers are the world’s most popular beers. They have a crisp yet refreshing taste with a smooth finish that’s due to longer aging, and you will typically find a lager served in a pint glass.

Try it on our menu: Devil’s Backbone

Ales

Often darker than lagers, ales range in color from rich gold to a reddish amber. Ales are usually full-bodied with tones of fruit and hoppy finish. You will also find that an ale is typically served in a pint glass.

Try it on our menu: Shannon Rose Amber or Kane Sneak Box

IPAs

IPAs are usually lighter-colored beers with a higher than average alcohol and hop content, which can cause them to taste bitter. IPAs can contain just about any imaginable hop available and can be found with citrus, floral, fruity and other flavors. IPAs are typically served in a tulip glass to enhance the flavor.

Try it on our menu: Brooklyn Blast or Brix City Just Another IPA

Belgian-Style & Wheat

Belgian-style & wheat beers can be very pale and cloudy in appearance due to it being unfiltered & the high level of wheat used in the batch. You’ll usually find this type of beer spiced with coriander, orange peel, and other spices or herbs, and served in a Weizen glass to trap the fluffy head and allow you to experience the full banana-like aroma and taste.

Try it on our menu: Flying Fish Exit 4 or Blue Moon

Sour Ales

Sour ales have a tasteful acidic, tart or sour taste to it. The taste can range from mellow to very sharp and are deeply fruity with lots of dark fruit characteristics. Sour Ales are typically served in a tulip glass or a snifter to enhance the volatiles while offering proper head retention.

Try it on our menu: Victory Sour Monkey

Stouts & Porters

When trying to assess the difference between porters and stouts, we label it as “it’s complicated.” While the history of porters and stouts has changed throughout the years, the main difference is the kind of malt that should be used to brew each type of beer. Porters use malted barley and stouts are primarily made from unmalted roasted barley, which is where the coffee flavor most people associate with stout comes from. You’ll find stouts and porters served in a pint glass.

Try it on our menu: Carton of Milk Nitro Stout or Founders Porter

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