International Beer Day: How to sound like a Beer pro

Today is probably a party goer’s favourite day. August 3 being International Beer Day, several pubs and night clubs have laid out a series of offers on beer from their menu.

The third most popular drink preceded by tea and water, beer brewed from cereal grains is usually preferred by people to accompany certain meals.

Like every edible item, beer has its health benefits. Beer has anticancer properties, and is known to prevent anemia, other than being a recognised stress buster and a diuretic.

Health benefits of beer

  • Protects heart
  • Increase bone density
  • Control diabetes
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Delays aging
  • Prevents Gallstones
  • Prevents Dementia
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces risk of kidney stones

Kinds of beer

Knowing what certain styles of beer taste and look like can make you narrow down on a favorite from a long list easier. The major difference between types of beer comes down to the type of yeast used to ferment it. A beer can qualify as either a lager or an ale, depending on the fermenting process.

Beers start out as an ale or a lager, and their specific styles and flavours continue to evolve from there.

Lagers are a typical entry point into beer for new drinkers. Made with bottom fermenting yeast that has a lower tolerance to alcohol, lagers can taste light and a little malty.

Pilsner– They originate from the Czech Republic and fall under the lager category. German pilsners give off a pale gold color and crisp flavour, while Czech pilsners are a little darker with higher bitterness.

IPA– India Pale Ales (IPAs), which encompass numerous styles of beer, get their characteristics largely from hops and herbal, citrus or fruity flavours. They can be bitter and contain high alcohol levels, though the final product depends on the variety of hops used.

Pale ale– Pale ales are usually hoppy but carry a lower alcohol content than IPAs. Most types of pale ale are malty, medium-bodied and easy to drink.

Stout Beer- A dark beer, the flavour of stouts depend on where they come from. Sweet stouts largely originate from Ireland and England and are known for their low bitterness.

Porter- Traditional porters, which can trace their roots to the United Kingdom, are dark in color like stouts due to common ingredients like chocolate or other dark-roasted malts. Porters tend to taste less like coffee than stouts, with more of a chocolatey feel.

Belgian Beer– Belgium’s rich beer culture has poured into the US over the years, giving enthusiasts on the other side of the Atlantic a deep appreciation for the wide variety of Belgian-style flavours.

Wheat Beer– Wheat beers rely on wheat for the malt ingredient, which gives the beverage a light color and alcohol level. They taste best with fruits, like a slice of lemon or an orange.

Sour Beer– Highly tart, sour beers can take on many forms. With the addition of fruits like cherry, raspberry or peach, sour beers marry sweet and sour to make beer flavours completely unlike the lagers and IPAs of yore.