Need to brush up on your brew IQ? Or just looking for a new go-to on tap? With so many types of beer available, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when choosing the perfect pint. Here’s a breakdown of two popular styles of beer (ales and lagers) so you’ll be able to order confidently at dinner and get more out of your next brewery tour.
Ales are often darker than lagers, ranging from rich gold to reddish amber. Fruity and fuller-bodied, they have pleasantly bitter tones.
Lagers are usually pale to medium in color, though some can be as dark as black (think Sam Adams Black Lager). Their taste is usually described as clean and crisp.