Beer is Beer, Right?

Maurice Amon

Since the boom in microbreweries in the early two-thousands, countless varieties of beer have been brewed and imagined! There are spicy beers, sweet beers, rich beers, meek beers, high and low gravity, common and unique beers.

Some go down with an “ooohhhh,” some go down with an “ahhhh,” some are tasty with chocolate, some pair nicely with ‘za. We all love meeting friends for a nice pint or two, and sometimes having one all alone – don’t you?

The two main types of beer are lagers and ales, this distinction is important – it’s knowledge avails. Lagers ferment on bottom, ales on the top, with a different selection of grain, yeast, and hop.

Ales are brewed in warm water, by the timeless tradition, and that’s how they’re distinctly ales, by definition. Often fruity in flavor, refreshing, and sweet, great things come when you ferment warm water with wheat!

Lagers ferment in a bath that’s kept cold, and that’s how it’s decided by what name they’re sold. Also brewed in cold water are pilsners and bocks, and they ferment for longer…don’t wait by the clock!

Whatever your fancy, whatever your whim, hold up your glass proudly, fill up to the brim! For now you know the difference ‘tween lagers and ales, may the knowledge help guide you down beer-laden trails

Since the microbrew BOOM in the early two-thousands,

Countless beer styles have been brewed and imagined!

Hop monsters, barrel-aged, spicy smoke freak beers,

Wine grape ales, barleywines; uncommon unique beers.

Some go down with ‘OOHS’, some go down with an “AHH,”

Some pair with fine cheeses, some cry out for ‘za.

We all love meeting friends for a nice pint or two,

and sometimes having one all alone – don’t you?

There’s two types of beer: lagers and ales,

The distinction’s important – the knowledge avails.

Lagers ferment on bottom, ales on the top,

With different yeasts joining malt, water, and hop.

Ales are brewed in warm water, by timeless tradition,

And that’s how they’re distinctly ales, by definition.

Often fruity in flavor, refreshing, and sweet,

Great things come when you ferment warm water with wheat!

Lagers ferment in a bath that’s kept cold,

That’s how we decide by what name they are sold.

Lagers include dunkels, pilsners, and bocks,

They ferment longer…don’t wait by the clock!

Whatever your fancy, whatever your whim,

Hold your glass proudly, filled to the brim!

You now know the difference ‘tween lagers and ales!

May the knowledge help guide you down beer-laden trails!