University Draft House Beer Academy
Beer 101: Types of Beer
Here at University Draft House, we encourage our customers to explore the many styles of beer. We get so many questions about beer types, the origins of beer, where do certain beers come from, etc., that we thought it would be helpful to provide some education on the subject. Once you become familiar with the many types of beer, we hope your experience with us becomes even more enjoyable. Let’s put some thinkin’ into your drinkin’!
Welcome to our comprehensive guide to beer types! In this article, we will take a deep dive into the various types of beer available, exploring their unique characteristics and origins. Whether you are a seasoned beer enthusiast or a newcomer to the world of beer, this guide is designed to provide you with a wealth of knowledge to help you navigate the complex world of beer.
Pale Ale is a type of beer that is brewed with pale malt, which gives it its distinctive pale color. This beer has a crisp and refreshing taste, with a moderate bitterness that makes it a popular choice for those who enjoy a hoppy flavor. The history of Pale Ale dates back to the 18th century, when it was first brewed in England. Over the years, this beer has evolved to include a wide range of different styles, including American Pale Ale, English Pale Ale, and Belgian Pale Ale.
India Pale Ale (IPA)
India Pale Ale, or IPA for short, is a type of beer that is characterized by its strong hoppy flavor and high alcohol content. This beer was originally brewed in England and was designed to withstand the long journey to India during the British Empire. To make the beer last longer, extra hops were added, which gave it its distinctive bitter flavor. Today, IPA has become one of the most popular types of beer in the world, with many different styles and variations available.
Stout is a type of beer that is typically dark in color and has a rich, creamy texture. This beer is brewed with roasted malt, which gives it its distinctive flavor and aroma. Stout has a long and fascinating history, dating back to the early 18th century in Ireland. Today, there are many different styles of Stout available, including Irish Stout, Imperial Stout, and Milk Stout.
Porter is a type of beer that is similar to Stout, but with a lighter color and a slightly different flavor profile. This beer is brewed with a combination of roasted and pale malt, which gives it a unique balance of bitterness and sweetness. Porter has a long and rich history, dating back to the 18th century in England. Today, there are many different styles of Porter available, including Brown Porter, Robust Porter, and Baltic Porter.
Wheat Beer is a type of beer that is brewed with a high proportion of wheat in the malt bill. This beer has a light and refreshing taste, with a slightly tart finish. Wheat Beer has a long and fascinating history, dating back to ancient times in Germany. Today, there are many different styles of Wheat Beer available, including Hefeweizen, Belgian Witbier, and American Wheat Beer.
Sour Beer is a type of beer that is brewed with a combination of yeast and bacteria, which gives it a distinctive tart and acidic taste. This beer has a long and fascinating history, dating back to the early days of brewing. Today, there are many different styles of Sour Beer available, including Lambic, Gose, and Berliner Weisse.
Here at the University Draft House, we are proud of our extensive line of premium and craft beer. Keeping hundreds of varieties and brands of beer on hand means you can enjoy all different parts of the world from the comfort of your barstool, right here in McAllen or Edinburg. Bottom line, there are many different types of beer available, each with its own unique characteristics and history. Whether you are a fan of Pale Ale, IPA, Stout, Porter, Wheat Beer, or Sour Beer, there is sure to be a beer on our menu that suits your taste. So next time you are at University Draft House in McAllen or University Draft House in Edinburg, why not try something new and explore the wide and wonderful world of beer.