5 Types of Beer Everyone Needs to Know
There are clearly more beers in the world that you can imagine; our list might be a good starting point:
- Lambic: Yeast might be an integral part of the beer making process but was an unknown entity for beer manufacturers in the early 18th century. I first sampled Lambic beer at Timmermans (just outside Brussels) acclaimed to be the world’s oldest Lambic brewery. Timmermans used spontaneous fermentation (without yeast) to craft their Lambic beers, a tradition that continues till today. Dry, sometimes sour with a relatively low ABV (Alcohol by Volume) of 3–5% and almost reminiscent of a cider.
2. Ale: Probably the most popular type of beer that was originally used to describe beers that were brewed without hops. Most varieties of beers fall under Ales or Lagers. Ales used gruits (a mixture of herbs and spices) as the bittering agent, now most ales use hops (the flowers of the hop plant Humulus lupulus and an essential ingredient in most beers). Ales can swing from dark brown to Pale ales (Like the Indian Pale Ale).
3. Stout: These beers are generally dark and crafted with roasted malt (or roasted barley), hops, water and yeast. Stouts began as a variety of Porter beers — a term originally used to describe the strongest porters, but have outgrown porters by a distance.
4. Porter: Once the classic English pub drink. Legend has it that this beer (developed in London) was popular with river and street porters. It was immensely popular till the Stouts eclipsed it, this darkest of dark ales is seeing a mini revival in the craft beer circuit. Beer nerds often compare a porter to drinking a loaf of bread.
5. Pilsner: The inventors of the Pilsner (or just Pils), this beer takes its name from the Bohemian town — Plzeň. The beer’s rising popularity coincided with the advent of glass bottles around the 1850s that showcased its light golden colour. These beers are defined by their crisp body — perfect for a hot summer’s day.
Courtesy : NDTV Food