When visiting the U.K., there is no doubt that you will be stopping by a local pub, as it is the most traditional place to hang out. Actually, pubs are always going to be the first option over a coffee shop to organize a social gathering. However, pubs are not just known to be a place where you can go and merely have a laugh with a few friends. Pubs are known for their beer. Better said, their variety on beers.
Since there is so many to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming when it comes to ordering. Now, just a little tip. Do not just go up to the bar and ask for “a glass of beer”. It doesn’t work like that. You need to take the time to learn about the different kinds of beer there are and what makes them so different from each other.
It is a bit difficult to tell you straight on what the best beers are because really, it all depends on the person. Some people like them bitter. Others like them light. And some people drink certain types of beer depending on the hour of the day. So really, when it comes to choosing the best kind of beer, it depends on everyone’s personal taste.
Well, I’m here to inform you on the different kinds of beers any classic English pub has to offer, and you will get to know which one seems to be the most appealing to your taste buds.
Bitter beer (also known as Ale) has got to be the most traditional kind of British beer and is usually served at room temperature since the Brits consider that Ale cannot be fully appreciated when served icy cold. There are many different kinds of Ale as well.
Ale can contain from 3%-7% of alcohol and usually has very low carbonation. The color also varies. It can go from a golden to a copper-like color. As for the taste, you can already imagine, based on the name-bitter, having a touch of a fruity taste as well as a citrus-like aroma. Just a touch. The higher the percentage of the alcohol, the bitter it gets. Ales are usually cask-conditioned so, it will usually be served in a half-pint or pint glass instead of a bottle.
Lagers and ales are fermented from grain. The only difference of the two, is the temperature the fermentation is carried out. Lagers are the commercial beers we all know today, such as Heinekein, Carlsberg, Budweiser, Corona, and so forth.
These are typically stored in cool temperatures, as many people consider that their flavor is enhanced when served cold. The colors usually go from gold to amber, but there are a few that are rather dark. Lagers tend to have more of a wheat-like flavor.
This is where the famous Guinness comes. Porter and Stouts are extremely similar to each other, but not the same. The difference is small, but noticeable. Porters use malted barley and stouts use unmalted roasted barley. Both are very dark in color, either dark brown, or close to black. They are known for their creamy texture and both are relatively sweet. The trick to its flavor though, is how it is poured. If poured correctly, it will have more of a milky kind of taste, and the alcohol is hard to savor.