A guide to different beer styles and where to find them locally.
Almost every day I meet someone who says they don’t like beer. I don’t buy it. Perhaps they don’t like light lagers, which account for 90 percent of the beer poured in the world, but there are more than 125 different styles of beer according to the Beer Judge Certification Program guidelines. Beer can be sweet, sour, bitter or malty. You may not like them all, but maybe you can get your lips around a nice porter with notes of coffee and chocolate.
Here’s a quick look at some of the different beer styles and the local breweries that brew them best.
Type: German Style Pilsner
A brilliant beer. Think crisp and clean. Should be a bit bitter, but in a good way. Medium to light in body and just dry enough to make you take a second sip.
Local example: Braumeister PILS
Victory Brewing Co., 420 Acorn Lane, Downingtown.
Type: Dry Stout
This Irish style is dark and roasty. It pours a creamy pint due to nitrogen gas. People often label stouts “heavy,” but dry stouts are actually light to medium in body. Drinking instructions include “find oysters.”
Local example: O’Reilly’s Stout
Sly Fox Brewing Co., 312 N. Lewis Road, Royersford.
Type: Ruby Mild
Milds tend to be brewed with darker malts. They’re usually lower in alcohol and make for great session beers. The Brawler is malt accentuated with nutty notes, biscuit and soft caramel.