This brew was a new name to me. A “Blonde” style ale hand crafted in Belgium . The label indicated a release date of April of 2012 and further showed a progression of the flavor development over time. I found this ale to be a little cloudy, slightly sweet with malt and a bit of chalk in the aftertaste. The frothy head was thick and took over 5 minutes to settle after being vigorously poured into a tall beer glass.
Beer is a great source for the B group of vitamins and antioxidants, as well as a nutritional boost to the diet. A quality crafted malt beverage is a great compliment to many different styles of food. Beer can also be a refreshing hot weather beverage. Beer is most certainly enjoyed worldwide.
Beer–– is the generic term for all malt beverages. The stricter definition is, a brewed and fermented beverage made from barley and other starchy cereals, flavored with hops. During fermentation, the yeast falls to the bottom, hence beer is a bottom fermentation brew. The British would refer to this as a Lager.
Ale— fuller bodied, more aromatic and often more bitter than beer. Ale is fermented at higher temperatures and the yeast rises to the top making it a top fermented malt beverage.
Stout— is a very dark ale that is malty and slightly bitter, flavored and colored by the addition of roasted barley.
There are many different sub-categories among these three basic types of brew. For more terminology related to beer and other malt beverages go here.
The Craft-Beer hobby has seen explosive growth in the past decade and you can learn about it here. Also see the many resources for home brewing here. I have all the necessary equipment for home brewing and I have made plenty of beer and a bit of wine as well. It’s a fun hobby and a good thing to know how to do, but for anyone who drinks beer on a regular basis, you quickly learn that if you plan to rely on your own home brew supply as your primary source you may need to quit your day job to keep up with production! Between the brewing, the bottling and sanitizing the equipment, it seems you never have much time to enjoy anything else. Go here if you want to learn how to brew your own beer. Buying a quality brewed craft beverage (preferably locally made) is more cost effective for me.
In the commercial craft-beer market there are hundreds, perhaps thousands of small and usually local breweries that are producing great suds. Some favorites that I look for when trying a new brew house; An I.P.A = India Pale Ale, known for a strong hop flavor and high alcohol content, the I.P.A. was created by the British when they occupied India. The high hop content sometimes results in a citrus flavor considered to be refreshing in the hotter climates. The I.P.A. is also strong in flavor and so this beer stands well against hot and spicy food, curry dishes and smokey roast meats. Another style of beer that I like to seek out when I find a new craft brewer, the Pale Ale or Golden Ale is always nice. Either of these are neutral enough to avoid overpowering most food items. Great with chicken, pork, fish or beef and lamb.
In this article on wine and wine tasting, I shared info about how to properly clean a wine glasses for tastings. When tasting the more complex craft brews, it is just as important to clean the glass properly. Here is a link to learn more about cleaning beer glasses and what style of glass best suits the type of brew you are quaffing.
This article offers a list of the top ten selling beers in the world. Most of the beers listed are lagers or light beers and I have tasted several of these brews and the only one I would wish to have is Heineken, made in Holland.
…and Happy Oktoberfest!