How does your beer define you?
Beer is the second most popular beverage in the world – after water, of course. Its consumers can range from those who just want a cold brewsky after a long day at work, to those who sip each beer with the same appreciation as a wine connoisseur. No matter where you fit in, your beer won’t judge you. But if you want to learn how to judge a beer, look no further. Calgary International BeerFest is the perfect event to try out some of those beers that you’ve seen on the shelves of a store but haven’t tried yet. Who knows – that new beer could be to you like scotch was to Robbie Burns.
There are two general classifications to break beer into – Ales and Lagers. The difference in a nutshell? Ales are fermented at warm temperatures and turn out more robust than their lager brothers. Lagers, fermented at cold temperatures, are more mellow.
From here it gets more complex. There are large varieties within the ale and lager families, and even some beers that don’t really fit in either.
How do you pick which classification is right for you, and then which beer within that classification will suit your mood or go along with your meal?
There are five main criteria to look for when judging beer:
- Bouquet & Aroma
- Drinkability & Overall Impression