“I think this would be a good time for a beer,” remarked President Franklin D Roosevelt as he signed the Cullen-Harrison Act on April 7th in 1933. This particular legislation made it legal to sell beer and wine with certain alcohol percentage deemed “too low to be intoxicating,” according to the National Beer Day Wikipedia page. On the first day after signature, 1.5 million barrels of beer were consumed. National Beer Day became an official holiday in 2017, and as your local brokerage of fun, it is our duty to give you all the info you need to celebrate this important day in history.
Did you know there are over 100 distinct styles of beer? It begins with two broad categories, (it’s either a lager or an ale) and then it breaks down from there. A lager is when the yeast settles down in to the bottom of the beer, while an ale is when the yeast settles at the top of the beer. A lager is created in cooler temperatures and ales are created in warmer temperatures.
Lagers are your basic, easy, light beers (perfect for beginners or non-adventurous beer drinkers.) It’s also your best choice for a game of beer pong. Lots of “American” beers fall under this category. (Coors Light is a favorite of yours truly.) A Pilsner would also be classified as a lager. Some German beers are lagers (even some of their darker options) as well as the Mexican classic – Corona.
Ales have a bit more “hop” and can come in a variety of types. IPAs (India Pale Ales) tend to have citrus or fruity flavors but a wide range of bitterness. The trick is to try them from different regions to see what your personal preference is. Belgian beers also fall under this category and have a wide variety of pale and dark ales. And let us not forget our newest arrival to the beer scene – the sour ale. I was in Tennessee for the Solar Eclipse a couple years back and had a “Total Eclipse of the Tart.” Not my favorite, but I’ll try anything with a punny name.
If you have never ventured past your go to, I recommend having your own little at home beer tasting. (Perfect way to celebrate National Beer Day!) Start with a lager – something on the lighter side and move toward the ale family with an IPA and\or a stout. Choose your heaviest/darkest option to end. Mix it up and only include beers you have never tried before! Another option would be to choose a region (ie Germany) and try a few beers from there. Don’t forget the charcuterie tray! No beer tasting would be complete without it.
I’m always open to trying new beers – what are your favorites? If you had to make a flight for tasting, which ones would you pick?
For more info, check out National Beer Day (United States) - Wikipedia
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