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55 Things to do #27: Go Beyond the Lager for International Beer Day


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Verrado encourages its residents to pursue their many passions and hobbies — and to broaden their horizons. In honor of International Beer Day this Friday, August 1, we’re encouraging beer loving residents to expand their palettes by trying some styles of beer popular around the world.

Go Beyond the Lager by learning more about the wide world of beer varieties detailed in the list below. We’ve also included a popular representative of each type with a short description and tasting notes. Now just grab a glass and give them a taste!


Beyond the Lager

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1. Bock

Bock beer is stronger than your typical lager and has a more robust malt character. In the Medieval days, German monasteries would brew strong beers, such as this one, for sustenance during their Lenten fasts. It’s flavor profile is rich and malty with a slight hint of hops bitterness.

Try a Anchor BockĀ® Beer.

  • Brewery: Anchor Brewing
  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Tasting Notes: The dark satiny texture of Anchor BockĀ®, with its rich hints of chocolate, caramel and roasted barley, is our interpretation of the historically strong German beers that signal the coming of spring.

2. India Pale Ale (IPA)

During the 1700s, when English troops lived in India the typical pale ale brew most Englishmen drank would spoil before the ship reached the Indian shores. In order to prolong the beers shelf life, brewers added more hops (a natural preservative), and hence the origin of a now very popular beer. It’s flavor profile is strong hoppy flavor, with a slightly bitter taste.

Try a Bengal Lancer.

  • Brewery: Fuller’s
  • Location: London Chiswick, England
  • Tasting Notes: The beer is pale in colour, full-bodied with a distinctive hoppiness that marks it out as a true India Pale Ale.

3. Lambic

One of the most complex produced styles in the world. Unblended lambics are an ancient beer style utilizing wild yeasts and other micro-organisms. Its flavor profile is intensely sour and acetic, yet highly aromatic with fruity smell.

Try a Lindemans Pecheresse.

  • Brewery: Lindemans
  • Location: Lenniksebaan, Belgium
  • Tasting Notes: Golden in color; with a nose that fills the room with fresh peaches. Sparkling, crisp and refreshing balance of fruit and acid.

4. Pilsner

Pilsner is one of the youngest beer styles in the world; it’s a clean and simple pale lager and one of the more popular beer varieties. It was originally brewed in Plzen, Czechoslovakia in 1842 using the regions distinctive Noble Saaz hops. Its flavor profile is strong hops, softer malt, fragrant, and pleasurably bitter flavors.

Try a Radeberger Pilsner.

  • Brewery: Radeberger
  • Location: Radeberg, Germany
  • Tasting Notes: Clear, pale golden color with fine, creamy foam, predominant hops taste with pleasant, subtly distinct note of bitterness.

5. Porter

Porters are very dark, almost opaque. They consist of roasted malts or roasted barley, and are typically brewed with slow fermenting yeast. Its flavor profile is mild with notes of roasted grains, chocolate and toffee and none of the harsh notes of stout.

Try a Alaskan Smoked Porter.

  • Brewery: Alaskan Brewing Company
  • Location: Juneau, Alaska
  • Tasting Notes: The dark, robust body and pronounced smoky flavor of this limited edition beer make it an adventuresome taste experience.

6. Russian Imperial Stout

Inspired by brewers back in the 1800’s to win over the Russian Czar, this is the king of stouts, boasting high alcohol by volumes and plenty of malt character. Low to moderate levels of carbonation with huge roasted, chocolate and burnt malt flavours. Often dry. Its flavor profile includes suggestions of dark fruit and flavors of higher alcohols are quite evident; hop character can vary from none, to balanced to aggressive.

Try a Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout.

  • Brewery: North Coast Brewing Co.
  • Location: Fort Bragg, California
  • Tasting Notes: It’s a rich, intense brew with big complex flavors and a warming finish.

7. Rye Beer

Not to be confused with a German Roggenbier, beers that fall into this category contain a notable amount of rye grain in the grist bill. Its flavor profile includes bitterness that tends to be moderate, to allow the often spicy and sour-like rye characteristics to pull through.

Try a Rye-on-Rye.

  • Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Tasting Notes: Two kinds of malted rye provide spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Citra and Ahtanum hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish.

8. Wheat Beer

Wheat beer is reminiscent of the first brewed beers. They’re a mixture of barley and wheat grains, have a low to nonexistent hops presence, cloudy appearance, and often prominent yeast flavor. The yeast used is a specialized ale yeast used only in wheat beers and contributes much of the aroma and flavor of the brew. Its flavor profile ranges greatly depending on wheat styles, but they’re typically light in flavor, making them great summer beers.

Try a Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen.

  • Brewery: Widmer Brothers Brewing
  • Location: Portland, Oregon
  • Tasting Notes: Bold, clean flavor and pronounced citrus and floral aromas.

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