If you’re thirsty for something more than a mug of suds, here’s a quick tutorial on several major types and brands of beer that ought to elevate your brew.
1 Leinenkugel’s, Summer Shandy
“Our traditional weiss beer with refreshing natural lemonade flavor that makes it the perfect summer beer,” Leinenkugel’s says. It pairs great with classic summer foods such as watermelon, fruit salad, grilled fish, and BBQ chicken.
2 Goose Island, 312 Urban Wheat Ale
This spicy, crisp, and fruity brew was inspired by the city of Chicago. It’s available year round and has one many awards in the beer world.
3.Blue Moon, Belgian White
This was their first year round release in 1995. Keith Villa created the beer based off of the Valencia orange peel to create a smooth and creamy finish. It’s best served with an orange slice to bring out the citrus flavor.
4.Samuel Smith’s, Oatmeal Stout
“Originally a drink for lactating mothers,” is the way the description of this cousin to Guinness (arguably the most famous stout) starts. A small addition of oats give it it’s name. Flavors of rich, dark chocolate dominate in this smooth, satisfying beer.
Real Lambics are brewed only in Brussels in the Senne Valley. Raspberry, or framboise, is the traditional fruit used, along with cherry—Lindemans Framboise is among the most popular. This sparkling brew is low in alcohol and very refreshing.
6.Sam Adams, Boston Lager
Premium Lagers fall between mainstream Pale Lager and Pilsner and are deep gold to bronze in color. Sam Adams is created by “decoction mash, a time consuming, traditional four vessel brewing process” which is no longer used in many breweries, says samueladams.com. This beer is a perennial favorite and can be found just about anywhere.
7.Stella Artois, Pale Lager
Pale Lagers are probably one of the best known types of beer, including the drinkable but predictable Budweisers, Heinekens, and Coronas. Stella Artois has a nice yeasty aroma and a clean flavor; get it from a freshly tapped keg for the best taste. These are creative things you can do with beer besides drink it.
8.Bass, Pale Ale
One can find many bitter beers in English breweries. Premium Bitters are stronger in alcohol—above 4.8 percent. Bass is a classic example of this variety. Bass is amber with a toasty flavor and light enough to sip all evening (responsibly). Here is how you can open a beer when you don’t have a bottle opener.