There are hundreds of brands, styles, and flavors of beer, making it seem nearly impossible to branch out from your two or three tried-and-true favorites. Luckily, there's a lesser-known holiday around the corner that's a perfect excuse to broaden your horizons and try new and exciting flavor possibilities.
September 28th is National Drink Beer Day, and with the year we've all been having, we're not going to not celebrate a holiday like that (especially on a Monday). To prepare (ahem, celebrate), we've broken down the at-times confusing world of beer variations into easy-to-follow flavor categories that can help you find your new go-to lager, ale, or stout.
Pale lagers and pilsners often get flack for being bland, unflavored, or watery. However, despite their bad reputation among high-nose beer aficionados, lagers and pilsners are actually consumed the most (think domestics like Bud Light, Miller Lite, and the like). If standard, no-frills beer is what you're looking for, stick with pilsners, pale lagers, German Kölsch, and wheat beers.
The world of fruity drinks is not limited to mixed cocktails and wine coolers. In fact, there are thousands of fruit-filled possibilities when it comes to beer, ranging in sweetness, hoppiness, carbonation, and alcohol content.
From American to Indian, double to triple, hazy to non-hazy, IPA possibilities have become virtually endless in the craft brew universe. Featuring bold, sometimes bitter, and always in-your-face notes of flavorful hops, IPAs are definitely not for the faint of heart.
A dark-colored brew doesn't necessarily mean difficult to drink. Dark lagers, stouts, and porters cover a massively wide range of weight, alcohol content, and overall maltiness and/or toastiness. While these might not be your prime all-day drink of choice, even the most diehard pilsner fans are bound to find a lager, stout, or porter that fits their specific taste.
Whether you decide to go bold or subtle this National Drink Beer Day, make sure you celebrate with people you love (video calls count, too) and plenty of snacks. Trust us on that one. Cheers!