Anyone who tells you that beer isn’t confusing probably has no idea what they are talking about. From understanding the ingredients that make up the beverage to how glassware plays a part in your drinking experience, there is a lot to learn about beer.
While we don’t claim to know everything, our aim is to help people new to beer gain the knowledge to be able to enjoy their experience and get the most out of what they are drinking.
As this Beer 101 section evolves overtime, we will be adding common questions and information that our community is wanting to learn.
So grab a beer, sit back and get ready to learn.
What is Beer
Generally speaking, beer is an alcoholic beverage made by the fermentation of grain. Most commonly it consists of 4 main ingredients: malted grains (often barley), hops, yeast, and water.
It is also the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the world and the third most popular drink behind just water and tea.
Beer Glassware 101
Choosing the right glass to serve beer is an important part of the beer drinking experience. You wouldn’t drink wine straight out of a wine bottle would you? No! The same applies to beer. Pour it into a proper glass to drink it the way the brewer crafted it.
For a brief overview of what common styles go in which glass, check out this post on stemware.
Below is an overview of the common glassware beer is served in along with descriptions and beer styles served in them.
- Flute Glass
- Goblet (Chalice)
- Mug (Seidel, Stein)
- Oversized Wine Glass
- Pilsner (Pokal)
- Pint Glass (Becker, Nonic, Tumbler)
- Stange (Slender Cylinder)
- Weizen Glass
Looking to experience beer in some of the top beer cities in North America? Below are our city guides to popular beer cities. While these aren’t comprehensive, they acts as a starting point to exploring the local beer scene in these areas.