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Different Types of Beer

Different Types of Beer

Last updated on 9/09/2017

With over 3,000 craft breweries in the United States, it’s safe to say that craft beer is bigger than ever. Whether your establishment already offers a dozen beers on tap or you’re thinking about adding a new beer service, brush up on your knowledge with our guide to the different types of beer. Learn everything about the styles of beer you serve, from proper serving temperature and glassware to the best food and cheese pairings, so you can please even the most knowledgeable connoisseur.

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

  • 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 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

  • 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

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

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

      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 LagerAmerican 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 HellesGerman 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

      German PilsnerGerman 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 or Bohemian PilsnerCzech 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 LagerAmber 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

      OktoberfestOktoberfest

      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 SchwarzbierGerman 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 LagerVienna 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 BockTraditional 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

      DoppelbockDoppelbock

      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

      WeizenbockWeizenbock

      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

      MaibockMaibock

      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 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 AleEnglish 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 AleAmerican 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 AleAmerican 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

      Blonde AleBlonde 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

      English BitterEnglish 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 AleEnglish 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 IPAAmerican 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 or Double IPAImperial 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 IPAEnglish 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 PorterAmerican 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 PorterEnglish 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

      Robust PorterRobust 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 StoutAmerican 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

      American Imperial StoutAmerican 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 StoutOatmeal 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

      Milk StoutMilk 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

      Irish Dry StoutIrish 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 Pale AleBelgian 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 DubbelBelgian 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 TripelBelgian 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 QuadrupelBelgian 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 AleBelgian 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 SaisonBelgian 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 WheatAmerican 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 WitbierBelgian 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 WeisseBerliner 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

      DunkelweizenDunkelweizen

      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

      HefeweizenHefeweizen

      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 SourAmerican 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 LambicBelgian 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 AleFlanders 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 GueuzeBelgian 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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Over the past 30 years , the number of breweries in the United States has grown from a depressing 89 prior to 1980 to over 2,800 today. At least 98% of today's operating breweries are classified as craft brewers. With a 14.3% dollar share of the total U.S. beer market, that's an estimated $14.3 billion, it's safe to say that craft beers are a rapidly growing segment of the beverage service industry. Along with the explosion of craft beer and changing American taste buds comes the need for educated, knowledgeable beer service professionals who not only have a grasp of the 140 + beer styles, but who also understand how to serve, store, brew, and pair those various beer types. For years, people with this kind of expert knowledge were referred

Top Eight Tips for Running a Successful Bar

Whether you manage a pub or nightclub, the challenges of running a successful bar go far beyond just keeping customer glasses full. From inventory management to liability issues, we'll help you learn how to run a bar with tips from established food service resources and our in-house product experts. Whether you operate a taproom or tavern, swank cocktail lounge or neighborhood watering hole, we've got the tips and tricks to keep your bar up and running. 1. Stay Well Stocked Countertop Condiment Holders from $10 The last thing you want on a busy bar night is a shortage of your patrons' favorite beverages. But stocking your bar goes far beyond just filling your back bar cooler or  refrigerator with beer, liquor, and wine. Keep track of y

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