Beer is just a great little beverage, isn’t it? It’s relatively cheap, it’s tasty, it’s readily accessible and it can instil you with the Dutch courage you need to speak to a potential romantic interest that’s vastly out of your league. One of the only problems with beer is that there’s just so much of it out there that it can be difficult to make up your mind. Historical records state that the Ancient Egyptians made at least seventeen kinds of beer that all possessed different strengths and flavours for different occasions. And that’s only got worse with all the varied NEIPAs and Goses and Dunkels available on the shelves today. That anxiety of choice can often mean you end up stuck in a rut and you just end up buying the same tinnies of Kronenbourg from the corner shop every time.
Well, we’re here to help you. Because the world of fancy beer (the kind that your mate who unironically says “hazy boys” tends to buy) isn’t all that complicated. For the most part, that is. Pretty much every beer on the planet is a combination of malts, water, yeast, and hops. It’s just the different measurements and types of those ingredients that are used which separates your ales from your lagers. This handy beginner’s guide should help you tell apart some of those different styles and learn a bit more about what you like.
In the wise words of Thomas Jefferson: “beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.” So here’s to promoting health and drinking good beer responsibly with our beginner's guide to beer.