There is so much more that a beer has to offer than just taste to the brew-heads. Beyond the sensory pleasure, beer lovers show a deep interest in the packaging and branding, the company behind the beer and its brewing history, festivals devoted to beer, and crafts and collections based on beer. Of course, it all starts with the flavour. But for beer aficionados, knowing more about the art of brewing is a tradition in itself. If you are a beer-lover, you will love our store too.
Beer is a fermented beverage made from grain. The two families of beer are lagers and ales. These categories are distinguished by the type of yeast and the temperature of fermentation. Lagers are fermented at cooler temperatures. They also need to be conditioned or “lagered” for a number of weeks in a cool place before they are ready to drink. Ales, on the other hand, are fermented at warmer temperatures and are ready to drink sooner.
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Fermented at warm temperatures using top-fermenting yeast, ales are popular beers that are best served warm.
A type of ale, lambics are majorly brewed in Belgium. The hot wort (unfermented beer) is left exposed to the outside air, allowing indigenous, wild yeasts, as well as other microorganisms to settle on it to encourage spontaneous fermentation. When cooled down, this concoction is sweetened by adding fruit flavourings.
Originating in Germany, block beer is brewed in the months of fall immediately after the end of the growing season. Block beers are then stored throughout winter so that it is ready to enjoy by the spring season when the new brewing season is approaching.
Often in dark brown, and sometimes black, in colour, a porter beer can be anywhere from light- to full-bodied. A great pairing for smoked foods, porters taste somewhere between sweet to moderately bitter.
Produced in Japan, brewing dry beers require adjuncts (such as corn and rice) as well as genetically-altered yeasts. As a result, dry beers ferment fully and give lesser residual sweetness.
Draught (Draft) Beer
When any type of beer is conditioned to be served from the cask, this is typically called draught beer. However, the term has evolved over time to include canned or bottled beer, mainly for promotional purposes, to convenience the buyers that the canned beer tastes like it is poured right from the cask.