A guide to different beer styles and where to find them locally.
It’s been described as the most purely refreshing beer in the world. No hop presence in this unique beer style but plenty of pucker. A proper Berliner weisse should have notes of citrus and an ample amount of tartness.
Local example: Ich Bin Ein Berliner Weisse
Nodding Head, 1516 Sansom St.
Type: India Pale Ale
Holy hops! You’ll find moderate to high bitterness in these babies. I favor the English style because the hops are balanced out with a nice malt backbone. Even more delightful with English Cheddar.
Local example: Bengal Gold
Triumph Brewing Co., 117 Chestnut St.
Type: Abbey Dubbel Although the Dubbel is rooted in traditional monastic brewing, many American brewers are crafting superb interpretations. Dubbels are double fermented so they’re a bit higher in alcohol content. Drinkers will welcome flavors of rum, raisin, dark fruits, clove, chocolate and toffee.
Local example: Abbey Dubbel
Flying Fish Brewing Co., 1940 Olney Ave., Cherry Hill, N.J.
Type: Framboise Raspberry lambics are spritzy and sour and as funky as fruit gets. Certainly a lady’s palette pleaser. Brewmaster Chris Leonard brews his take with 440 pounds of raspberries.
Local example: Lafayette’s Biere de Framboise
General Lafayette Inn and Brewery, 646 Germantown Ave., Lafayette Hill.