Celebrate some superior offerings on April 7, National Beer Day.
Remember that yellow, watery stuff we imbibed in vast quantities during our college days? It was called beer, but it had no substance, it was cheap and it only served to inebriate. Today, there are infinitely better options thanks to the craft beer movement that has ushered in microbreweries everywhere.
This is a serious brew to which evolved palates must be introduced with authority. For starters, don’t kick off the celebration ordering beer in frosted mugs and pitchers. Craft beer is created from quality hops and ingredients that present unique flavor notes and characteristic aromas. It should be savored in a special style of glass, at optimal temperatures.
You should also know that most craft beers are ales, not lagers. Exceptions include German pilsners and bocks. Ales tend to be darker in color, ranging from dark golden to reddish amber.
Individuals who torment their taste buds with extreme bitterness are referred to as “hopheads”. Their preferred choice is the India Pale Ale (IPA). Pale ales present a bitter finish, but aren’t nearly as bitter as IPAs. Belgian abbey, nut browns, wheat and fruit beers are less bitter alternatives.
If you prefer darker more robust beers, porters and stouts are good choices. Their hoppy bitterness is tempered by decadent malt flavors like chocolate, coffee and toffee.
Celebrate National Beer Day by touring a microbrewery, attending a beer festival or pick up a home brewing kit to create a batch of your own. Cheers!