Ales vs. Lagers

The main difference between ale and lager is the yeast used and the fermentation process. Ales are fermented at room temperature and typically have fruity esters as a result of the warm fermentation process. On the other hand, lagers lack the fruity character and are typically crisp and hoppy similar to a German Pilsener or sweet and malty like a Dopplebock. Ales and lagers can both carry a malty base, but this can vary from minimal (think biscuity) to thick and rich (think of a chewy porter).

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Hybrid Beers / Ciders

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A few tips on drinking beer.
  • Drink mild, sweet beers first and rich, bitter beers last.
  • Avoid smoking tobacco, scented perfume or cologne.
  • Stay clear of salty or greasy foods before and during drinking.
  • Use a palate cleanser between beers such as French bread or saltless crackers.
  • Drink from appropriate and clean glassware.
  • Don't freeze your beer mugs (all the time).
  • Pour the beer aggressively enough to create a good head.
  • Smell the beer.
  • Keep an open mind and have a well-rounded beer diet.

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