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Different Types of Beer

Different Types of Beer

Last updated on 11/20/2018

With over 3,000 craft breweries in the United States, it’s safe to say that craft beer is bigger than ever. Knowing about the different types of beer can help your employees and bartenders make recommendations and suggestions about the best food and beer pairings. Additionally, knowing about the different types of beer can help you choose the right glass for each beer and potentially upsell customers to boost profits.

Different Styles of Beer

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How is Beer Categorized?

All beers are either lagers or ales, and that's determined by the type of yeast used during the fermentation process. Lagers are made with yeast that ferments at the bottom of the beer mixture, and ales are made with yeast that ferments at the top. There are also spontaneously fermenting yeasts, which make wild or sour ales.

Once you’ve figured out if your beer is a lager or an ale, there is further differentiation determined by the flavor, color, and aroma of the beer. These determine what style family a given beer falls into. Within that style family, there are varieties, which have even more distinct characteristics.

For example, an American Lager and a German Helles are both lagers that belong to the "pale lagers and pilsners" style family. They are two different varieties of beer, however, and while they are similar, they are also distinctly different. Think of the different varieties like brothers; they have definite similarities, but ultimately, they are each their own person.

Read on to learn more about the three different ways beer ferments:

What is Top Fermentation?

The yeast that is used in ale production ferments throughout the beer and settles at the top of the liquid. It has a higher tolerance to alcohol and ferments at warmer temperatures when compared to the yeast that’s used to make lager.

Top Fermenting Styles of Beer

Here are some examples of top fermenting beers:

  • Brown Ale
  • Pale Ale
  • India Pale Ale (IPA)
  • Porter
  • Stout
  • Belgian Style Beer
  • Wheat Beer

What is Bottom Fermentation?

The yeast used in lager production is more fragile than what’s used to make ale, and it settles at the bottom of the liquid vessel after fermentation. It needs to ferment more slowly and at cooler temperatures than the yeast that’s used in ale production, and it has a lower tolerance to alcohol.

Bottom Fermenting Styles of Beer

Here are a few examples of bottom fermenting beers:

  • Pale Lagers and Pilsners
  • Dark Lagers
  • German-Style Bocks

What is Spontaneous Fermentation?

Lambics and sour beers are made with a process called spontaneous fermentation. This type of fermentation occurs when beer is exposed to wild bacteria and yeast. These beers originated in Belgium, but brewers all over the world have found ways to manipulate this process to create sour, funky-tasting beers of their own.

Spontaneous Fermenting Styles of Beer

Here are a few examples of spontaneous fermenting beers:

  • American Sour
  • Belgian Fruit Lambic
  • Flanders Red Ale
  • Belgian Gueuze

Different Styles and Varieties of Beer

Check out the tables below to learn about the different styles and varieties of beer.


Types of Pale Lagers and Pilsners

Pale lager and pilsners are golden-colored beers that are lighter in flavor and lower in alcohol content. This style of beer became popular in what is now modern Czech Republic and Germany.

Variety

Characteristics

Examples

Pairs With

Serving Temp.

American lager in a lager glassAmerican Lager

American lager is light in flavor, color, and alcohol content, and is often produced in large quantities.
ABV: 3.2-4.0%
IBU: 5-15
Budweiser, Coors, Pabst Blue Ribbon
American cuisine, spicy food
30-40 F
German Helles in a pilsner glass

German Helles

German helles is maltier than a traditional pilsner and features a bright gold color.
ABV: 4.8-5.6%
IBU:18-25
Victory Helles Lager, Stoudt's Gold Lager
German cuisine, pork, brie
40-45 F
Pilsner beer

German Pilsner

German pilsner is pale gold in color with a medium hop flavor and a slight note of maltiness.
ABV: 4.6-5.3%
IBU: 25-40
Tröegs Sunshine Pils, Bavaria, Sierra Nevada's Nooner Pilsner
German cuisine, poultry, fish, spicy cheese
40-45 F
Czech pilsner beer in a pilsner glass

Czech or Bohemian Pilsner

Czech or bohemian pilsner is a straw colored beer with a noticeably bitter hop flavor. These beers can sometimes have a floral aroma.
ABV: 4.1-5.1%
IBU: 30-45
Lagunita's PILS, Dogfish Head's Piercing Pils
Spicy food, Asian cuisine, sharp cheddar cheese
40-45 F

Types of Dark Lagers

Dark lager is malty and smooth, with toasted caramel flavors. These beers tend to have mid-range alcohol content and lower bitterness profiles.

Variety

Characteristics

Examples

Pairs With

Serving Temp.

Amber American Lager beer in a glass

Amber American Lager

Amber lager features prevalent malt flavors with varying levels of hoppiness. This beer is also characterized by a darker color, caramel aroma, and smooth taste.
ABV: 4.8-5.4%
IBU: 18-30
Yuengling Lager, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Tröegs Nugget Nectar
American cuisine, poultry and beef, cheddar
45-50 F
Oktoberfest beer in a pint glass

Oktoberfest

Named for the celebration in Munich, Oktoberfest is a full-bodied beer with a rich, toasted flavor and a dark copper color.
ABV: 5.1-6.0%
IBU: 18-25
Samuel Adams Octoberfest, Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen, Victory Brewing Company's Festbier
German cuisine, meat and vegetables, spicy cheese
45-50 F
German Schwarzbier in a snifter glass

German Schwarzbier

Schwarzbier is a dark beer that is surprisingly lighter in flavor. Schwarzbiers are less malty than would be expected, but still boast a slight sweetness.
ABV: 3.8-4.9%
IBU: 22-30
Shiner Bohemian Black Lager, Guinness Black Lager
German cuisine, spicy food, muenster cheese
40-45 F
Vienna lager in a pint glass

Vienna Lager

Vienna lager is reddish in color with a sweet malty flavor. These beers boast a subtle hop flavor and crisp drinkability.
ABV: 4.5-5.5%
IBU: 22-28
Dos Equis Amber Lager, Great Lakes Eliot Ness, Blue Point Toasted Lager
German cuisine, Mexican cuisine, pork, spicy cheese
40-45 F

Types of German Bocks

Bocks are heavy on malty flavor, making them sweet and nutty. Bocks have lower alcohol levels, while doppelbocks, weizenbocks, and maibocks move up the alcohol scale.

Variety

Characteristics

Examples

Pairs With

Serving Temp.

Traditional Bock in a Belgian beer glass

Traditional Bock

The bock is a malty, sweet beer with a toasty flavor and a dark copper color.
ABV: 6.3-7.5%
IBU: 20-30
Samuel Adams Winter Lager, Great Lakes Rockefeller Bock
German cuisine, meat and vegetables, chocolate, Camembert cheese
40-45 F
Doppelbock beer in a Belgian glass

Doppelbock

Doppelbocks are stronger than the traditional style and boast a higher alcohol content and a fuller body.
ABV: 6.6-7.9%
IBU: 17-27
Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock, Samuel Adams Double Bock, Paulaner Salvator Doppelbock
Heavy foods like red meat, pork, or ham, and sharp cheeses
40-45 F
Weizenbock beer in a Belgian beer glass

Weizenbock

Weizenbocks are wheat bocks and can take on fruity, malty flavors.
ABV:7.0-9.5%
IBU:15-35
Victory Brewing Company's Moonglow, Southern Tier Brewing Company's Goat Boy
German cuisine, meat and poultry, chocolate
40-45 F
Maibock beer in a goblet

Maibock

Maibocks are more pale and hoppy than traditional bocks, although the malt flavor is still present.
ABV: 6.0-8.0%
IBV: 20-38
Capital Maibock, Hofbräu Maibock, Smuttynose Maibock
Italian and German cuisines, fish and shellfish, asiago and swiss cheese
45-50 F

Types of Brown Ales

Brown ales feature malty overtones and tend to have toasty, caramel flavors. They typically feature mid-range alcohol content and hop bitterness.

Variety

Characteristics

Examples

Pairs With

Serving Temp.

American Brown Ale in a beer mug

American Brown Ale

American brown ale is a dark beer without the bitterness of porters and stouts. This style boasts a dark caramel color and a medium to full-bodied profile.
ABV: 4.2-6.3%
IBU: 25-45
Brooklyn Brown Ale, Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown
American cuisine, heavy foods like beef stew, red meat
45-50 F
English Brown Ale in a mug

English Brown Ale

English brown ale features a nutty malt flavor with a caramel aroma.
ABV: 4.0-5.5%
IBU: 15-25
Newcastle Brown Ale, City Star Brewing's Bandit Brown
American cuisine, heavy foods, red meat, poultry, gouda cheese
40-45 F

Types of Pale Ales

Pale ales are generally hoppy but lower in alcohol content than IPAs. They are typically light, drinkable beers.

Variety

Characteristics

Examples

Pairs With

Serving Temp.

American Amber Ale in a beer mug

American Amber Ale

American amber ale is a malty, medium-bodied beer with a caramel flavor and amber color.
ABV: 4.4-6.1%
IBU: 25-45
Lagunitas Imperial Red Ale, Stone Brewing Company's Levitation Ale
American cuisine, meat, fish, bleu cheese
40-45 F
American Pale Ale in a mug

American Pale Ale

American pale ale is a medium-bodied beer with a noticable hop flavor and a light copper color.
ABV: 4.4-5.4%
IBU: 30-50
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's Pale Ale, Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale
Fish and seafood, poultry, cheddar cheese
40-45 F
Mug full of blonde ale

Blonde Ale

Blonde ales balance the flavors of malt and hops nicely, and they often have a fruity aroma.
ABV: 4.1-5.1%
IBU: 15-25
Victory Brewing Company's Summer Love, Flying Fish Brewing Company's Farmhouse Summer Ale
Italian cuisine, spicy food, fish, pepper jack cheese
35-40 F
Beer mug full of English bitter beer

English Bitter

English bitters are named for the bitter flavor that the hops present. They have fruity flavors and lower alcohol content.
ABV: 3.0-4.2%
IBU: 20-35
Sharp's Brewery's Doom Bar Bitter, Surly Brewing Company's Bitter Brewer
Fried food, fish, feta cheese
45-50 F
English Pale Ale in a beer mug

English Pale Ale

Also known as "extra special bitters," English pale ales have a strong hop flavor that is balanced by sweet malt.
ABV: 4.5-5.5%
IBU: 20-40
Black Sheep Ale, Flying Fish Extra Pale Ale
American and English cuisines, meat, and English cheeses
40-45 F

Types of India Pale Ales (IPAs)

IPAs (short for India pale ales) boast strong hop bitterness with piney and floral flavors. These beers also have high alcohol content.

Variety

Characteristics

Examples

Pairs With

Serving Temp.

American IPA in a pint glass

American IPA

American IPAs have more hops, big herbal or citrus flavors, and high bitterness compared to pale ale.
ABV: 6.3-7.5%
IBU: 50-70
Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, Lagunitas IPA, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's Torpedo Extra IPA
American and Indian cuisines, meat, poultry, fish, and gorgonzola cheese
40-45 F
Imperial IPA in a Belgian glass

Imperial or Double IPA

Imperial or Double IPAs are American IPAs, but with a stronger flavor, hop bitterness, and a higher alcohol content.
ABV: 7.0-14.0%
IBU: 65-100
Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA, Russian River Brewing Company's Pliny the Elder, Lagunitas Brewing Company's Maximus
American cuisine, meat, fish, and sharp cheddar
45-50 F
English IPA in a pint glass

English IPA

English IPAs are similar to the American style, but with a weaker hop flavor and lower alcohol content.
ABV: 5.0-7.0%
IBU: 35-63
Goose Island India Pale Ale, Shipyard IPA, Samuel Smith’s India Ale
American and Indian cuisines, fish, and parmesan cheese
40-45 F

Types of Porters

Porters are all dark in color, and they feature flavors reminiscent of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. They tend to be more chocolatey than brown ales, and less coffee-like than stouts.

Variety

Characteristics

Examples

Pairs With

Serving Temp.

American Imperial Porter in a pint glass

American Imperial Porter

American imperial porters are dark in color, but lacking in burnt malt taste. They also boast a malty sweetness that goes well with chocolate and coffee.
ABV: 7.0-12.0%
IBU: 35-50
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company's Porter, Stone Smoked Porter
American cuisine, barbecue, meat, and asiago cheese
40-45 F
English Brown Porter in a mug

English Brown Porter

English brown porter is a dark beer that's similar to the American style, but usually with a lower alcohol content and less malt sweetness.
ABV: 4.5-6.0%
IBU: 20-30
Shipyard Longfellow Winter Ale, Arcadia Brewing Company's Arcadia London Porter
American and English cuisines, meat, chocolate, and fontina cheese
50-55 F
Beer mug of a robust porter

Robust Porter

Robust porters are stronger and more bitter than a brown porter with a rich dark color and a subtle caramel flavor.
ABV: 5.1-6.6%
IBU: 25-40
Smuttynose Robust Porter, Thomas Hooker Imperial Porter
American and English cuisines, heavy foods like stew and beef, and colby cheese
40-45 F

Types of Stouts

Stouts are dark beers that are similar to porters, but with stronger roasted flavors. This style also features mid to high alcohol levels.

Variety

Characteristics

Examples

Pairs With

Serving Temp.

American Stout in a Belgian beer glass

American Stout

American stouts are dark beers that feature malt flavors working to create strong chocolate and coffee notes, but without overpowering hop bitterness.
ABV: 5.7-8.9%
IBU: 35-60
Highland Black Mocha Stout, Bell's Kalamazoo Stout, Dogfish Head Brewery's Chicory Stout
Heavy foods, meat, oysters, chocolate, and brie cheese
45-50 F
Belgian beer glass full of American Imperial Stout

American Imperial Stout

American imperial stouts are strong dark beers with a malty flavor and a deep black color.
ABV: 7.0-12.0%
IBU: 50-80
Dogfish Head Brewery's Worldwide Stout, Stoudts Fat Dog Imperial Stout, Bell's Java Stout
Heavy foods, poultry, aged cheddar
45-50 F
Oatmeal Stout

Oatmeal Stout

As their name suggests, oatmeal stouts feature oatmeal in their malt blend. This adds smoothness and sweetness to the beer.
ABV: 3.8-6.0%
IBU: 20-40
Young's Oatmeal Stout, Rogue Ales' Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout, Tröegs Java Head Stout
Meat, shellfish, chocolate, camembert cheese
50-55 F
Pint glass full of milk stout beer

Milk Stout

Lactose sugar adds a sweet caramel or chocolate flavor to milk stouts.
ABV: 4.0-7.0%
IBU: 15-25
Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Lancaster Brewing Company's Milk Stout, Samuel Adams Cream Stout
Mexican cuisine, beef, chocolate, ice cream, and cheddar or goat cheese
50-55 F
pint glass of Irish dry stout beer

Irish Dry Stout

Irish dry stouts are dark beers; black in color with a bitterness that comes from roasted barley.
ABV: 3.8-5.0%
IBU: 30-40
Guinness Draught, Murphy's Irish Stout, Beamish Irish Stout
Heavy food like beef and stew, barbecue, burgers
45-50 F

Types of Belgian Styles

Belgian beers are known for their spiced, sweet, and fruity flavors and high alcohol content. Despite their high alcohol content, belgians are usually low in bitterness.

Variety

Characteristics

Examples

Pairs With

Serving Temp.

Belgian beer glass with Belgian Pale Ale

Belgian Pale Ale

Belgian pale ale contains a toasted malt flavor that is subtle enough to not overpower the taste of the hops.
ABV: 4.0-6.0%
IBU: 20-30
Leffe Blonde, Weyerbacher Brewing Company's Verboten, Samuel Adams Belgian Session
American cuisine, fried food, fish, salad, and tangy cheeses
45-50 F
Belgian Dubbel

Belgian Dubbel

Belgian dubbels feature rich and malty flavor with a spicy, fruity note.
ABV: 6.3-7.6%
IBU: 20-35
Chimay Premiere, Blue Moon Winter Abbey Ale, Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel
American cuisine, barbecue, meat, and Limburger cheese
50-55 F
Belgian Tripel beer

Belgian Tripel

Belgian trippels are lighter-bodied beers with a slight hoppy bitterness and a high alcohol content.
ABV: 7.1-10.1%
IBU: 20-45
Victory Brewing Company's Golden Monkey, Weyerbacher Brewing Company's Merry Monks
Pasta dishes, meat, poultry, gouda cheese
45-50 F
Belgian Quadrupel beer

Belgian Quadrupel

Belgian quadrupels are dark brown, full-bodied beers that exhibit flavors like brown sugar and fruit. They also have a very high alcohol content.
ABV: 7.2-11.2%
IBU: 25-50
Weyerbacher Brewing Company's QUAD, Brewery Ommegang Three Philosophers
Smoked meat, goose, brie cheese
50-55 F
Belgian Strong Dark Ale beer

Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Belgian strong dark ale features a very high alcohol content with complex fruity flavors.
ABV: 7.0-15.0%
IBU: 20-50
Tröegs Mad Elf, Bell's Brewery's Hell Hath No Fury Ale, Dogfish Head Brewery's Raison D'Être
American cuisine, barbecue, blue cheese
45-50 F
Belgian Saison

Belgian Saison

Saisons (also known as farmhouse ales) have earthy notes and a medium hop flavor.
ABV: 4.4-6.8%
IBU: 20-38
Samuel Adams Rustic Saison, Dogfish Head Brewery's Noble Rot, Victory Brewing Company's Helios
Indian and Asian cuisine, poultry, seafood, and parmesan cheese
45-50 F

Types of Wheat Beers

As you might have guessed, wheat beers use wheat as their malt. They are generally lighter in color and alcohol content. Their tangy flavors go great with fruit, and brewers often add seasonal fruits to wheat beer.

Variety

Characteristics

Examples

Pairs With

Serving Temp.

American Pale Wheat

American Pale Wheat

American pale wheat beer is pale in color, lower in alcohol content, and with a light bready flavor.
ABV: 3.5-5.6%
IBU: 10-35
Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat, Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat, Shipyard Summer Ale
Mexican cuisine, spicy food, poultry, and mozzarella cheese
45-50 F
Belgian Witbier

Belgian Witbier

Witbier gets its name from its white color, and has a light, fruity flavor to match.
ABV: 4.8-5.6%
IBU: 10-17
Hoegaarden White Ale, Dogfish Head Brewery's Namaste, Blue Moon Belgian White, Victory Brewing Company's Whirlwind Witbier
Seafood, poultry, pork, salad, and soft cheeses
45-50 F
Berliner Weisse

Berliner Weisse

Berliner Weisse is tart, sour beer with a pale color. Sometimes raspberry syrup is added to dull the sour taste.
ABV: 2.8-3.4%
IBU: 3-6
Dogfish Head's Festina Peche, Freetail Brewing Company's Yo Soy Un Berliner, Iron Hill Brewery's Berliner Weisse
German Cuisine, ham, salad, and soft cheeses
45-50 F
Dunkelweizen

Dunkelweizen

Dunkelweizen is a darker version of a Hefeweizen. These beers have a malty flavor with hints of banana.
ABV: 4.8-5.4%
IBU: 10-15
Samuel Adams Dunkelweizen, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse Dunkel
German and Indian cuisines, fish, and goat cheese
40-45 F
Hefeweizen

Hefeweizen

Hefeweizen is a light colored wheat beer with a crisp taste that can sometimes have hints of cloves or apples.
ABV: 4.9-5.6%
IBU: 10-15
Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen, Pennsylvania Brewing Company's Penn Weizen
German cuisine, seafood, fish, and brick cheeses
45-50 F

Types of Wild & Sour Ales

Wild or sour ales are typically very low in alcohol, and feature tart, sour flavors that come from (safe) bacteria in the brew mash.

Variety

Characteristics

Examples

Pairs With

Serving Temp.

American Sour

American Sour

American sour beer packs a wild punch from certain bacteria that are introduced during the fermentation process.
ABV: Varies
IBU: Varies
Samuel Adams American Kriek, Weyerbacher Brewing Company's Riserva, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales' La Roja
Fruit and strong cheese
45-50 F
Belgian Fruit Lambic

Belgian Fruit Lambic

Belgian fruit lambics are brewed with fruit to make an intense sweet and sour flavor.
ABV: 5.0-8.9%
IBU: 15-21
Upland Brewing Company's Raspberry Lambic, Dogfish Head Brewery's Festina Lente
Fruit, salad, chocolate, and soft cheese
45-50 F
Flanders Red Ale

Flanders Red Ale

Flanders red ale evokes a malty, fruity flavor underneath a strong sour taste brought on by Lactobacillus bacteria during fermentation.
ABV: 4.8-6.6%
IBU: 5-18
New Belgium Lips of Faith La Folie, The Lost Abbey's Red Poppy Ale
Meat, blue cheese, and cheddar cheese
45-50 F
Belgian Gueuze

Belgian Gueuze

Gueuzes are aged beers that give off a very strong sour flavor.
ABV: 6.2-8.1%
IBU: 9-23
Brouwerij Boon's Boon Gueuze, The Bruery's Rueuze
Strong cheeses
50-55 F

Types of Specialty Beers

Specialty beers can be any type or style. The differentiating factor is usually the addition of a specific ingredient, like honey or pumpkin, that can be added to most styles of beer.

Variety

Characteristics

Examples

Pairs With

Serving Temp.

American Black Ale

American black ales are dark in color and feature a malty, roasted flavor with medium to high hop bitterness. This style is sometimes called a black IPA.
ABV: 6.0-7.5%
IBU: 50-75
Lagunitas’ NightTime, Founders’ Dark Penance, Victory’s Yakima Glory
Aged cheeses, seafood, and chocolate
50-55 F

Barrel-Aged Beer

A barrel-aged beer is any type of beer that has been aged in a wooden barrel. Sometimes these barrels have been used to hold bourbon, wine, or other spirits, adding to the flavor of the beer.
ABV: Varies
IBU: Varies
Allagash Curieux (Bourbon Barrel-Aged Tripel), Great Lakes Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout, Narwhal Imperial Stout (Barrel Aged)
Varies
50-55 F

Chocolate Beer

Chocolate or cocoa can be added to any style (lager or ale) to form a delicious chocolate beer.
ABV: 2.5-12.0%
IBU: 15-40
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock, Shenandoah Chocolate Donut Beer, Boneyard Beer Company Backbone Chocolate Espresso Stout
Varies
50-55 F

Coffee Beer

Coffee beer is typically a porter or stout with added coffee flavor. This flavor can be achieved by steeping coffee beans in water or in the beer mixture.
ABV: 2.5-12.0%
IBU: 15-45
Samuel Adams Black & Brew Coffee Stout, Sierra Nevada Coffee Stout, Stone Brewing Company’s Coffee Milk Stout
Meaty stew, hard cheeses
50-55 F

Fruit and Vegetable Beer

Any type of beer can be infused with fruit and vegetable flavors, so flavors will vary greatly.
ABV: 2.5-12.0%
IBU: 5-50
Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA, Modern Times Beer’s Fruitlands Sour Cherry Gose, Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Salad, brie cheese
50-55 F

Gluten Free Beer

Gluten free beer is brewed with fermentable sugars and grains that do not contain gluten. These beers vary in color, flavor, and alcohol content.
ABV: Varies
IBU: Varies
Wicked Weed Brewing’s Gluten FREEk, Widmer Brothers Brewing Company’s Omission IPA, Lakefront Brewery’s New Grist Gluten-Free Pilsner
Varies
Varies

Herb and Spice Beer

Herb and spice beer is any lager or ale that has added flavors from roots, herbs, or other spices. Pumpkin spice and holiday spice beers are examples of this style.
ABV: 2.5-12.0%
IBU: 5-40
Dogfish Head’s Midas Touch, Rogue Ales’ Juniper Pale Ale, Small Town Brewery’s Not Your Father’s Root Beer
Varies
45-55 F

Honey Beer

Honey beers are ales or lagers that are brewed with honey to add sweetness and unique flavor.
ABV: 2.5-12.0%
IBU: Varies
Boulder Beer’s A Honey of a Saison, Samuel Adams Honey Queen, Burial Beer Company’s The Keeper’s Veil Honey Saison
Salad, light creamy cheeses
50-55 F

Pumpkin Beer

Pumpkin beer is brewed with fresh pumpkin and common fall spices. These beers are increasingly popular, and can be made with lagers, ales, and sour beers.
ABV: 2.3-5.0%
IBU: 5-70
Elysian Brewing Company’s Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, Weyerbacher Brewing Company’s Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale
Poultry, soft creamy cheeses
50-55 F

Rye Beer

Rye beer often features malty, roasted flavors, with lower hop bitterness. Rye beers can be made as ales or as lagers, and will either take on a sweet or spicy flavor.
ABV: Varies
IBU: Varies
Founders Red’s Rye IPA, Great Lakes’ Rye of the Tiger IPA, The Bruery’s Sour in the Rye
Spicy meat, creamy cheese
45-55 F

Session Beer

Any style of beer can be brewed as a session beer, as sessions are simply less strong, more drinkable beers that are perfect for summertime consumption.
ABV: 3.5-5.0%
IBU: 10-35
New Belgium Brewing’s Slow Ride Session IPA, Samuel Adams Rebel Rider Session IPA, Victory Brewing Company’s Swing Session Saison
Varies
Varies

Smoke Beer

Smoke beer is any beer that is brewed with malt that has been kilned over an open fire. The smoke adds a noticeable, but not overpowering flavor, which is inspired by traditional German rauchbier.
ABV: Varies
IBU: Varies
Ithaca Beer Company's Gorges Smoked Porter, Goose Island Beer Company’s Prairie Smoke, Denver Beer Company’s Smoked Lager
Roasted vegetables, hard cheese
50-55 F

Now that you know more about the different types of beer that are out there, hopefully you are inspired to add something unique to your beer list. Use this guide to help you and your servers feel more confident about recommending beers to customers, or maybe even create a menu that is centered on perfect beer pairings. 

You can also share some of the health benefits of beer with your customers. In moderation, beer can actually help prevent kidney stones, improve brain function, and even boost bone health. Contributing to these benefits is a range of healthy compounds found in beer's hops and malt, including antioxidants, silicon, and potassium. For more information about the ways beer can make you healthier, check out our infographic below:

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Display, merchandise, and serve a delicious variety of ice cream flavors with this Avantco ice cream dipping cabinet! Holding up to 12 ice cream tubs at a time, the unit is perfect for ice cream shops, candy stores, dessert bars, and cafeterias. The frozen storage space beneath the display even provides a convenient place for holding up to 8 tubs of back-up flavors, making it a convenient unit for businesses with limited space. Incorporate delicious beef recipes into your menu with this Knauss Foods 6 Ib. classic dried beef deli knuckle. It's ideal for crafting specialty sandwiches and subs or for putting together a tasty party tray with meats and cheeses. Simply cut it into a fine slice and spread softened cream cheese, worcestershire, scallions, and pepper on one side, then roll it up to create a tasty appetizer that's easy to grab and delicious to snack on. This beef accents any of your dishes with a mildly salty, yet beefy and smoky flavor profile that's especially delicious.â € Create signature cookies, easy pie crust designs, or fondant shapes for your bakery, restaurant, or cafe with this Ateco pineapple plunger cutter. Made of high-impact, food-grade plastic, this plunger cutter is perfect for daily use at your bakery. It's great for cutting, embossing, and pressing out fondant and gum paste decorations. Featuring a whimsical pineapple shape, this cutter ensures consistency of size while shortening preparation time. Fire up the grill and test your skills with these grilling techniques.
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