Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Its more than a drink

Beer can be divided into one of two groups. All beer falls into one of these two categories - Ale or Lager. Ale yeasts flocculate at the top of the fermentation tank. They generally thrive at temperatures between 60 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit. Lager yeasts are more successful at lower temperatures, typically 46 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit and flocculate closer to the bottom of the fermentation tank. Lager yeasts also tend to ferment more aggressively, leaving behind less residual sweetness and flavor than ales. The brewing techniques of each are as important as the yeast used.
Besides that, lagers are also clean, refreshing beers with typically light aroma and flavor. They are invariably served cold and can pair easily with a wide variety of food meanwhile Ales are complex, flavorful beers. Many are served closer to room temperature and contain rich aroma and flavor. Their complexity makes pairing a more selective, but highly rewarding, task. Anyway, I prefer a chilled Bud..


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