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Need a beer-centric history lesson? Don’t worry, you’ll pass. Here you’ll find a very brief, but to the “pint” history of the often gold-hued stuff, along with types of beers, locales, and enthusiastic parlance about the brew that dreams are made of.

Beer 101

A (Very) Short History of Beer

Picture this: ancient Sumerians tipping back pints to honor Ninkasi, their OG beer goddess, around 3400 BCE. Fast-forward to Trappist monks, who obviously whispered secrets to their brews, and turned water into a beverage known to be safer to drink than water itself. Then, cue the Industrial Revolution, where beer got a reality show-worthy makeover.  But wait, the real party starts in the late 20th century with crafty brewers unleashing a tsunami of beer flavors, making snobby wine lovers jealous (no offense, intended!) Today, we’re basically living in a global beer carnival, where every sip is a ticket to history, glorious froth, and maybe a little three-dimensional time travel. Here’s to the beverage that turned water into a worldwide party starter!

West Coast, Best Coast

The West Coast stands as a mecca for craft beer enthusiasts, offering a vibrant scene that caters to diverse palates.

All Hail King IPA.  Taking the spotlight is the West Coast-style IPA, celebrated not only for its bold hop character and aromatic profile but also for its multifaceted nature. Whether it’s the classic hop-forward punch that defines the style or a meticulously crafted pale ale boasting vibrant citrus notes, the region’s commitment to hop-centric brewing shines.  Beyond the traditional hop dominance, West Coast IPAs showcase a spectrum of creativity. Some brewers play with the malt bill, introducing a sturdy backbone that balances the hops, creating a nuanced and well-rounded flavor profile. Others experiment with unique hop varieties, contributing tropical, fruity, or even piney undertones to the brew. This diversity allows enthusiasts to explore a range of West Coast IPAs, from the iconic hop bombs to more nuanced and complex variations.

Venturing into the world of stouts and porters, West Coast breweries contribute their own unique twists. Rich, coffee-infused imperial porters and robust stouts featuring various flavor infusions showcase the creativity that defines the West Coast craft beer landscape.

Belgian-style ales find a welcoming home on the West Coast, where local breweries put their spin on traditional styles. Golden ales with Belgian yeast complexities and carefully crafted Dubbels are testaments to the region’s inventive approach to classic Belgian traditions.

German lagers, celebrated for their crisp and clean profiles, hold their own on the West Coast. From hoppy Pilsners to traditional Helles lagers, these beers exemplify the region’s dedication to quality and precision.

Sour ales, known for their tangy and refreshing qualities, receive a Pacific-inspired treatment with unique local variations. Playful blends of fruitiness and tartness add a distinctive touch to the West Coast beer repertoire.

In the realm of experimentation, West Coast brewers are trailblazers, pushing boundaries with innovative creations. Whether it’s a pastry stout boasting dessert-like sweetness or a wild ale aged with unconventional ingredients, the West Coast remains a hotbed for cutting-edge brewing.

The West Coast’s craft beer culture not only laid the foundation for the IPA craze but continues to shape the global craft beer landscape with its dynamic and imaginative offerings. Here’s to the West Coast, where every sip is an exploration of creativity and flavor!

Pilsner:

The Pilsner style originated in the Czech Republic in the mid-19th century. German-style Pilsners have a crisper finish and a more prominent hop presence. Pilsners typically have a moderate ABV of 4-6%, making them sessionable and refreshing. Tasting notes include a clean malt backbone and a pronounced hop bitterness, creating a well-balanced and thirst-quenching lager.

Pale Ale:

Pale ales emerged in the 18th century, known for their hop-forward character. American Pale Ales (APAs) showcase a moderate ABV of 4-6%, offering a balanced mix of caramel malt sweetness and a piney or citrusy hop profile. These ales are a historical bridge to the India Pale Ale (IPA) style, making them a delightful starting point for the craft beer enthusiast.

India Pale Ale (IPA):

The IPA, born in the 19th century, was designed to survive the long sea journey from Britain to India. American IPAs took this style to new heights with the craft beer movement. Expect a hop explosion, with notes of grapefruit, pine, and tropical fruits. The ABV ranges from 6-7.5%, providing a robust flavor experience. New England IPAs (NEIPAs) boast a hazy appearance and heightened fruitiness, while Double IPAs (DIPAs) push the hop intensity even further.

Lager:

German-style lagers boast a crisper finish and a more prominent hop presence. With a moderate ABV of 4-6%, lagers are sessionable and refreshing. Lagers offer a versatile option for those seeking a straightforward, crisp, and easy-drinking beer, making them a perennial favorite among beer enthusiasts.

Stout:

Stouts have a rich history dating back to 18th-century England. Dry Stouts, exemplified by the classic Guinness, offer a lower ABV (4-5%) and a dry, roasted malt profile with coffee and chocolate undertones. Sweet Stouts, on the other hand, feature a higher ABV (5-7%) and a pronounced sweetness. These hearty brews are perfect for cool evenings and pair exceptionally well with desserts.

Porter:

Porter beer, originating in 18th century England, has undergone a California renaissance, with the state boasting some notable brews. Modern classics like Sierra Nevada’s Porter and Anchor Brewing’s Porter pay homage to this historic style while infusing it with West Coast flair. With their rich malt character, hints of chocolate, and smooth finish, these Californian interpretations elevate the Porter experience, earning them a special place in the hearts of beer aficionados worldwide.

Wheat Beer:

Wheat beers, rooted in German tradition, often showcase a significant wheat malt content, leading to a hazy appearance. Hefeweizens, with an ABV around 4-5%, exhibit fruity and spicy notes due to the unique yeast strains used. Tasting notes include banana and clove, creating a refreshing and lively drinking experience, especially in warm weather.