Beer Basics

Learn the basics of beer. This informative section covers a wide range of articles about brewing, history and includes topics such as:

History of Beer

Brewing beer dates back many thousands of years to ancient Babylon, Egypt and Mesopotamia. . . .

Food Pairings

When suitably paired, delicious beers and incredible food really bring out the best in one another. . . .


Beer glasses come in a variety of shapes and sizes that complement different styles of beer. . . .

Brewing Process

There are steps and science necessary to brewing malt, hops, yeast and water into beer. . . .

How to Pour Beer

There is both an art and a science in pouring a beer to allows a beer to show all of its characteristics. . . .

Tasting & Judging

Beer judging is a learned set of skills; analysis of aroma, appearance, flavor and mouthfeel. . . .

Cheese Pairing

Beer and cheese pairings are endless, this guide will help you mix and match the two. . . .

Aroma, Taste, & Flavors

The beer we taste also has an aroma or flavor that helps influence how we perceive it. . . .

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The oldest and most predominant ingredient in brewing is barley....


Hop plants, Humulus lupulus, are climbing perennial vines....


Makes up 90-95% of beer ingredients by weight....


Yeast is the microorganism responsible for fermentation in beer....

Traditionally and according to the Reinheitsgebot, beer is typically brewed from four essential ingredients, Malts; Hops; Water; Yeast. Find out what other ingredients some brewers incorporate into the beers you drink?

Beer Styles

Ale Styles

Ale Styles

Ale yeast strains tend to ferment at warmer temperatures (59°- 69°F), resulting in a shorter fermentation and aging. Ale yeasts can produce esters—aroma and flavor compounds—during fermentation, which often impart the fruity and sometimes spicy characteristics for which ales are generally known. .

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Larger Styles

Lager Styles

Lager yeast strains ferment at cooler temperatures (45° – 60°F) for a longer fermentation and aging process. Cooler temperatures stifle ester production and thus impart lager’s cleaner, smoother characteristics.

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Hybrid/Mixed Ales or Lagers

Hybrid/Mixed Ales or Lagers

Though the many major style categories establish a framework in which many beers fit, the beer world includes other distinct styles, flavors and aromas that often depart from traditional brews and carve out their own niche—and they’re just as fun to explore.

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Cider, Mead, and Perry

Cider, Mead, and Perry

Crisp, fresh apples or pears, and other tasty fruits are the bases for tart and refreshing hard ciders. Mead is an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey with water, sometimes with various fruits, spices, grains, or hops.

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Queen VictoriaQueen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837 to 1901

Give my people plenty of beer, good beer and cheap beer, and you will have no revolution.

Napoleon BonaparteFrench military leader and emperor

On victory, you deserve beer, in defeat, you need it.

William ShakespearePoet, playwright, & actor

The best beer is where priests go to drink. For a quart of Ale is a dish for a King.

John Churchill1st Duke of Marlborough (1650–1722)

No soldier can fight unless he is properly fed on beef and beer.

Frederick the GreatKing of Prussia

Many battles have been fought and won by soldiers nourished on beer.

Frank ZappaMusician

You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline — it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.

Abraham Lincoln16th U.S. President

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer.

Kaiser Wilhelm IGerman Emperor

Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.

Martin LutherProfessor of Theology

Whoever drinks beer, he is quick to sleep; whoever sleeps long, does not sin; whoever does not sin, enters Heaven! Thus, let us drink beer!

Thomas Jefferson3rd U.S. President

Beer, if drunk in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit and promotes health.

Gilbert K. ChestertonAuthor, 1874 – 1936

Let a man walk ten miles steadily on a hot summer's day along a dusty English road, and he will soon discover why beer was invented.

Winston ChurchillFormer British Prime Minister

Make sure that the beer - four pints a week - goes to the troops under fire before any of the parties in the rear get a drop.

Recently Visited Breweries

Right Proper Brewing Co.

Right Proper Brewing Co.

September 2, 2017

Right Proper Brewing Co. is a small, community focused brewery committed to producing soulful, balanced beers for our neighbors in Washington, D.C. . . .

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Lagunitas Brewing Co.

August 29, 2017

From points distant and beyond we all converged on Petaluma in 1993 and ’94 with an unenunciated desire to be more than we were before. . . .

Goose Island Brewing Co.

Goose Island Brewing Co.

August 25, 2017

Our famous beer began with a trip across Europe, when Goose Island founder (and unabashed beer lover) John Hall took a tour across the continent . . .

Rock County Brewing Co.

Rock County Brewing Co.

August 28, 2017

Rock County co-founder Andy Walker and partners, opened the nano-brewery in the old Carriage Works historic building in downtown Janesville . . .

Jackalope Brewing Company

Jackalope Brewing Co

July 21, 2017

Jackalope Brewing Company was founded by Bailey Spaulding and Robyn Virball, who became friends in 2002 in the tiny Scottish village of St. Andrews . . .

Yazoo Brewing Company

Yazoo Brewing Co.

July 20, 2017

Yazoo Brewing really started with a homebrewing kit bought from the back pages of Rolling Stone in 1993. I was a cash-poor college student living in . . .