BASIC BEER GUIDE
TYPES OF BEER
TYPES OF BEER
Ales are sweet, full-bodied and vary in color depending on the
grains used during brewing. Many ales contain hops,
which add a bitter flavor to counteract sweetness.
Lagers have a crisper taste due to their fermentation progress.
They are fermented for longer at lower temperatures, mellowing
the beer and creating a smoother taste.
BASIC SPIRITS GUIDE
Brandy derives it's name from Dutch brandewijn meaning "burned wine" and is a liquor distilled from wine or other fermented fruit juices. This spirit is aged in wooden casks (usually oak) which colors it, mellows the palate, and adds additional aromas and flavors.
herbaceous / dry / sophisticated
Distilled from grains or botanical. All gins are flavored with juniper berry but otherwise can vary in style, taste and complexity. London or 'dry' gin is the most regulated.
sweet / spiced / uncomplicated
Distilled from sugarcane juice and from its by products such as molasses.It is lightly sweet;
can be clear, dark, aged, spiced, flavored
elegant / pure / classy
Distilled from numerous sources but primarily grain or potatoes. Traditionally distilled to be as pure and transparent as possible, though flavored vodkas are also popular.
Cognac is a variety of distilled brandy named after the town of Cognac in France. It is must be made of 90% white grapes (ugni blanc, folle blanche, and/or colombard). The wine produced from these grapes is high in acid and low in alcohol and gives Cognac its attractive flavor.
Moonshine is illegally distilled homemade whisky, usually with a high alcohol content. It's typically made with corn mash as the main ingredient. It got its name because it was distilled at night "by the light of the moon" and to avoid discovery.
edgy / floral / wild
Distilled from at least 51% blue agave; the
higher the better the quality. The flavor ranges from herbaceous and floral to sharp, woody and/or smoky.
bold / smoky / intense
Distilled from barley, rye, wheat and/or corn, sometimes malted. It is generally aged in oak casks from which whiskey derives the bulk of its flavor and color; can be smoky or earthy.
BASIC WINE GUIDE