Beer and football just seem to go hand in hand – especially if you’re serving up bold and spicy fare. Brush up on your brews, and share the knowledge with fellow beer buds. This could elevate your game-day party to the next level. Happy tasting!
Porter - Although originally brewed in a bitter style, slightly sweeter porters are available today. Porters have a heavy consistency, and the addition of roasted malt gives the beer its strong flavor and dark brown color. It’s also usually higher in alcohol than most lager beers.
Stout – Originating in the British Isles, European stouts are typically made totally with malted barley, while American versions are usually made with pale malt and unmalted barley that’s dark roasted. This strong, dark beer with an intense flavor comes in a variety of offerings – Dry stouts or Irish stouts are a bit hoppier and less malty, while sweet stouts are an English version with a less bitter taste and lower alcohol content. Some of these sweet stouts are known as milk stouts due to their slight lactic taste. Oatmeal stouts are another style of sweet stout with a smooth, silky consistency resulting from the use of oatmeal. Finally, Russian (or Imperial) stout was originally produced in Britain and exported to Russia from the late 1700s until the early 1900s. It had very intense flavor and high alcohol content. Today’s versions of this stout are unpasteurized, with a cask-age of two months and bottle-age of one year, yet still retain the original strong flavor and high percentage of alcohol.
Ale – When a mixture of hops and barley are brewed together, ale is produced. Contrary to the traditional brewing process, the yeast rises to the top of the fermentation tank rather than settling to the bottom. Ales are heavier textured and stronger than your average beer, while the hops impart a slightly bitter yet tangy flavor. Varieties of ales include brown ale, pale ale, India pale ale and Scotch ale, each varying slightly in color, flavor and body.
Another interesting tidbit about ales is that those produced in any of the six remaining brewing abbeys are known as Trappist beers. Trappist beers are dark amber to brown in color, and have a strong flavor with an alcohol content between six and 12 percent.
Brown ale is full-bodied with a slightly sweet taste and dark brown color derived from caramelized malts.
Pale ale has a pale to deep amber color (hence the name). It originated in England with a perfect balance of hops and malted barley.
India pale ale (IPA) was originally brewed in England and exported to India-stationed British soldiers. Its flavor is a tad more bitter than that of a standard pale ale.
Scotch ale was originally produced in Scotland, but is now produced in other countries such as Belgium and France. It has a strong malt flavor and is full-bodied with an amber to dark brown color.
Lager – America’s most popular, this brew is light and effervescent with a golden color. It was originally stored and aged in the cask for one to three months until it was crystal clear and free of sediment. Carbonation is now added before bottling.
Pilsner- Named after the city of Pilsen, Bohemia, Pilsner was first produced in the western Czech Republic. Pilsners can also be referred to as pilseners. Initially, it was a very fine beer, however, more recently the term pilsner generally refers to any pale lager-style beer. This beer is also known as “the world’s first golden beer.” The flavor profile can vary from somewhat mild to a pronounced hoppy flavor and aroma, with a clear color ranging from extremely pale to golden yellow.