Beer Basics 101
Beer Basics is the best place to learn all about beer, from the brewing and malting processes to understanding basics such as: Color, Bitterness (IBU), Taste, Flavor, Aromas, Gravity (FG, OG, SG), Alcohol Content (ABV, ABW) , and what glass to use.
The German Purity Law (also known as the Reinheitsgebot) of 1516 declared that Water, Malt, and Hops, are main ingredients required to call a beer a beer. Once yeast was discovered (1857 Louis Pasteur and Emil Hansen 1883) it was included as a main ingredient.
Other than the four primary beer ingredients, brewers are often using other ingredients ranging from fruits, spices, herbs, coffee, adjuncts, and many more. Recently, brewers have brewing with some exceptionally unusual ingredients that could surprise and horrify you.
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The Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines are compiled by the Brewers Association. The Brewers Association’s beer style guidelines reflect, as much as possible, historical significance, authenticity, or a high profile in the current commercial beer market.
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Traveling across the US we have visited about 200 breweries ranging from Brewpubs, Taprooms, Micro or Nano breweries to Regional, National or International breweries, and of course sampled their beers! Read about these breweries, their beers and browse the galleries.
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The Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volksfest, featuring the world's largest beer festival, held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Explore our guide to the Wiesn, its history, the pagents, beer tents, food tents, rides, and much more...
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