The Beer Drinker’s Guide for Non-Beer Drinker
Not everybody like beer, and many have their own preferences for a specific type of beer. If you have had terrible first-time experience because you bought some cheap beet that was not even chilled properly, then you deserve better. It might get challenging for you to pick a new beer for you since you do not know anything about their description or ingredients. This guide will help you get a better understanding of what types of beer types you can try out as a non-beer drinker.
The three common ingredients
There are three ingredients used in every beer that gives it that chilly, bitter taste. They are yeast, barley, and hops. The taste of the beer will differ only because of the balance of each ingredient in the drink. Yeast provides the spicy, fruity, and neutral flavours. Hops can have different flavours ranging from citrus to herbal, piney, flora, tropical, or earthy. Barley has the sugar that is converted into alcohol by the yeast during the fermentation process. It creates flavours like coffee, caramel, dark fruit, or chocolate.
The beers that contain more hops are not bitter in all the cases. Hops is capable of making a bitter beer only when it is added before the fermentation process. Another thing to know is that barley is known as ‘malt’ which is prepared and used in the brewhouse.
Some key beer terms to learn
Now that you know what the ingredients are, the next step is to learn about a few more terms which will help you categorize the beers better on the basis of taste, alcohol content, and even quality. The most common terms used in the beer menu are ABV, Imperial, and IBUs.
ABV means alcohol by volume. In this category, the beers will be listed based upon their alcohol content. You can easily determine how strong beer is by checking the alcohol percentage.
Imperial is the term used to address the beers which have ABV greater than 7.5%. They are the beers which are too strong for beginners. You should be trying these out only when you feel prepared and safe.
IBUs means International Bittering Units. It is the measure of bitterness in a beer which can be scaled between 0 to 100 (0 for no bitterness, 100 from highly bitter). There is actually no limit for how bitter beer can get, but 100 is a standard mark after which only a few people remain with such taste.
Different types of beer
Now all that remains for you to learn about beer is the types in which they are available. You might have seen different types of beer, but you may still not know what to call them.
Pale ales are the beers which are typically light in colour and have a hoppy bitterness level in its flavour.
Amber ales is amber in colour and have more of barley flavours.
Brown ales are also known as porters and have deep barley flavours and low alcohol content. They may take taster sweeter than other types.
Stouts are similar to porters but have a more roast flavour. They can range from moderately sweet to bitter.
Wheat beers are similar to pale ales but wheat beers can either be fruity, spicy or have a bread-like aroma.