Beer, if you've found your way to this part of the site, you love it.  Do you know anything about it though?  The staff here at would like to help everyone learn a little bit more about the worlds favorite beverage.  The following is a little tutorial on beer.

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The history of beer is as old as time itself.  Every great civilization, plus some that weren't so great, have had beer.  The Babylonians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Hebrews, Africans, Chinese, Incas, Saxons, and others all had beer.  Not only has it been discovered that ancient civilizations have had beer, but that the brewing of the beer was considered to be a very important job.  During the middle ages, mostly in Germany, beer consumption and commercialism found each other and beer houses were formed.  The birth place of the modern bar.  With beer production and consumption happening on a grander scale, laws had to be formed.  These laws were mainly purity laws established to make sure beer was brewed and served properly.  Beer then found its way to America aboard the Mayflower and other ships.  Settlers often had there own breweries as did their leaders.  Such famous Americans as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Samuel Adams and others all did the homebrew.  That led to the first commercial brewery in America, the brewery was established in New York in 1623.  


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Ale - Fermented at a higher temperature, Ale's tend to have a higher alcohol content and are usually full bodied and bitter.

Aroma - Not just that wicked stench of your hands after you take off your gloves.  Aroma is the fragrance that comes from the ingredients of beer.  Ex.  Coors light has the aroma of water.

Barley - Barley is a grain used in the brewing process.  It is the only grain used by beer purists and the most sought after form is Two-row.

Beer - Barley Pop, Bottle Bass, Suds, Brewski, or any fermented drink using grains, hops, yeast, and water.

Bitter - Either the feeling after a tough loss, or the sharp, tangy taste that is the product of Hops.

Fermentation - Not just the cause of the bacteria in your hockey bag.  Fermentation is the breakdown of the malt into alcohol and carbon dioxide with the help of yeast.

Hops - Creates the bitter flavor in beer and helps act as a preservative.  Hops are the flowers off of a perennial vine.

Lager - The Rob Blake of beers, the lager is aged to perfection.  It is a lighter, bubblier beer.

Malt - The most confusing of Beer ingredients.  Malt is Barley steeped in water until its starches are broken down into sugars by enzymes.  It is then dried or even roasted to the individual brewer's directions.

Pilsner - The pilsner was invented in Pilsn, Bohemia, hence the name.  Like Bohemians a Pilsner is a Pale golden beer.

Porter - The porter is a very dark and heavy beer.  It is also very sweet and malty. 

Stout - The stout is also a dark beer that is creamy, sweet, and malty.  The dark color of both the porter and the stout can be attributed to roasted malt. 

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Ales come in all different shapes and sizes.  Here is a little list of our favorites.  This list will help you identify if what you are drinking is an Ale or not.

Barley Wine

Belgian Ale, French Ale

Belgium-Style Lambic

Mild Ale, Brown Ale

English and American-style Pale Ale

English Bitter, Special Bitter, Extra Special Bitter

Scottish Light, Heavy, or Export Ale

Porter and Stout


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Lagers come in all different shapes and sizes.  Here is a little list of our favorites.  This list will help you identify if what you are drinking is a lager or not.



Bock, Doppelbock, Eisbock, Traditional bock

German Dark Lager, Dunkel

German Light Lager

Classic Pilsner, German Pilsner, Bohemian Pilsner

American light, premium, creamy, or dark lager

Vienna, Maerzen, Oktorberfest


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Hybrids, Ciders, and Meads are the wacky mixes, ferments, and aged beers.  They can also contain exotic and extra ingredients.  Here is a little list of these great beers.


German-Style Ale and Wheat Beer

Smoked Beer, Fruit and Vegetable Beer

Herb, Spiced, and Specialty Beer

Traditional Mead, Braggot

Fruit and Vegetable Mead

Herb and Spice Mead

Still Cider

Sparkling Cider

Specialty Cider


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