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Beer 101

 

Clueless about beers? I am!

 

One of my favorite places to go to is the Beer Garden in Williamsburg. I like the atmosphere a lot, and even though I am not a big beer drinker, it is a great place to hang out with friends and try something different. Also if you bring your date here, it is sure to score points with your man.I have never heard a complaint about this place!

 

There are two types of beers – lagers and ales. Lagers are pale, dry, light and refreshing. Ales are robust, loaded with fruity and spicy flavors, and higher in alcohol content than lagers. I always end up order a type of Ale. To make the best selection at your party, below are different types of lagers and ales and the foods they go best with.

 

Lagers

 

Dark Lager

Tastes like: flavored with roasted barley or malt, it tastes rich, malty and sweet.

Goes best with: Roast chicken or sausage dishes.

 

Pale Lager

Tastes like: Mild and fizzy, with no bitterness or aftertaste. 

Goes best with: Hors d’oeuvres and spicy Latin or Asian dishes.

 

Pilsner

Tastes like: Dry, crisp, and flowery with some bitterness. Amber colored.

Goes best with: Fried and spicy foods, as well as any fish

 

Ales

 

Brown Ale

Tastes like: Sweet and malty; most are copper-colored ale. Some brown ales have hints of fruit.

Goes best with: Flavorful red meats, wild game or sausage.

 

Pale Ale

Tastes like: Dry and slightly bitter, with traces of fruit.

Goes best with: Roast beef, prime rib or steak. 

 

Porter

Tastes like: Bittersweet chocolate. Made from roasted barley or barley malt.

Goes best with: Hearty soups and stews or meats with rich, brown sauces.

 

Stout

Tastes like: Ranges from sweet and dry to extremely bitter (burnt tasting) and has intense malt and caramel flavors. Stout is the darkest and densest ale.

Goes best with: Shellfish, hearty stews or wild game.

Posted by: / July 15, 2010

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