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Beer for Dummies

OGDEN TAP ROOM - BEER for DUMMIES!


Ok, ok, we know you're not really dummies! We thought it would be a good idea to share some of our beer knowledge with you, we hope you enjoy.

Four Main Ingredients Of Beer


MALTED BARLEY
Malted Barley is barley that has been allowed to germinate (sprout) to a certain point, and then dried. A medium roasted malt will have caramel flavors, while a darker roasted malt will have chocolate or coffee flavors. Other grains such as wheat and rye can be used instead of or in combination with malted barley to create specific styles of beer.

HOPS
Hops are the cone-like flowers of the female hop vine. They not only provide bitterness as a counter-point to the relatively sweet malted barley, but they bring various aromas and flavors to the beer depending on the type of hops used.

YEAST
Yeast are tiny one celled organisms that turn sugar from the malted barley into alcohol and carbon dioxide in a process called fermentation. In other words, yeast are what make beer a bubbly, alcoholic beverage.

WATER
The taste and chemistry of the water is a big factor of what caused different styles of beer to be created in different regions of the world.

The Great Divide: Ale vs. Lager

Most of the beer world falls into two categories Ales or Lagers. The basic difference is that ALES use top fermenting yeast, and are fermented for a shorter time at warmer temperatures resulting in a darker fruitier brew. LAGERS use a bottom fermenting yeast for a longer period of time at colder temperatures resulting in a clearer often lighter in color crisper brew.

Styles


PALE ALE
Golden to reddish in color. A mix of fruity, hoppy, earthy, buttery and malty flavors

IPA - INDIA PALE ALE
Very hoppy ale. Hops are a natural preservative, extra hops were added to the beer in the 1700’s to help the beer survive the long trip to India from England for the British soldiers.

ESB - EXTRA SPECIAL BITTER
British style Ale the malts tend to be more pronounced leading to toasty fruity flavors.

PORTERS
First truly engineered beer with a blend of old ale, new ale and weak ale, leading to a pleasing taste. Popular with the transportation workers in 1700’s London, hence the name.

STOUT
Extra dark, almost black, top fermenting brew made with highly roasted malts and milk sugars resulting in a sweet and creamy beer.

ABBEY ALES
Trappist Abbeys of Belgium notorious for their wonderfully distinctive beer. Only six breweries in the world can say trappist on their label. Still brewed in the tradition of the monasteries. Chimay is one of the six breweries.

PILSNER
Light golden to straw colored and appear crystal clear. Hops are very prevalent.

LAGERS
These tend to have very mild flavor and are pale in color.