According to a survey conducted by AB InBev, nearly half of the women surveyed said that beer is still perceived as a “man’s drink”. And that can range from a classic lager to bold IPA, to funky sour ale. Each unique type of beer creates another sub-categories that may confuse others. And with draft beer menus going from standard brands to listing drinks that seems to come out of nowhere, it is important to know what each styles of beer are out there to identify which type of beer is right for you.
First off, every types of beer comes down to the type of yeast used to ferment it. We can first start of by categorising either a lager or an ale, depending on the fermenting process.
Ales are create through top fermentation, a process in which yeast ferments at warmer temperatures and settles at the top of the beer. Yeast in ales has a higher tolerance for alcohol than the yeast used in largers.
Ale Category includes pale ales, india pale ales (IPA), porters, stouts, wheat and belgian styles.
Lager tends to required yeast to settle at the bottom of the beer, with a longer fermenting process under a cooler temperatures.
Example of lager includes the pale Pilsners and German Helles and the darker American lagers (Miller High Life, Coors, Budweiser and Yuengling.)
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