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Beer Styles

What's a beer style? Simply put, a beer style is a label given to a beer that describes its overall character and often times its origin. It's a name badge that has been achieved over many centuries of brewing, trial and error, marketing, and consumer acceptance. Our styles reflect our spin on the constantly evolving world of beer, with non-geek descriptions broken down for all to understand. Click on any of the styles below to find out more about them, including our recommendations for Food Pairings, Glassware, and Cellaring/Serving Temperatures.

Note: This is not the bible for beer styles, but should be viewed as a work-in-progress and a fun reference that's open to change and interpretation.

Ale Styles  

American Ales
American Amber / Red Ale
American Barleywine
American Black Ale
American Blonde Ale
American Brown Ale
American Dark Wheat Ale
American Double / Imperial IPA
American Double / Imperial Stout
American IPA
American Pale Ale (APA)
American Pale Wheat Ale
American Porter
American Stout
American Strong Ale
American Wild Ale
Black & Tan
Chile Beer
Cream Ale
Pumpkin Ale
Rye Beer

Belgian / French Ales
Belgian Dark Ale
Belgian IPA
Belgian Pale Ale
Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Belgian Strong Pale Ale
Bière de Champagne / Bière Brut
Bière de Garde
Flanders Oud Bruin
Flanders Red Ale
Lambic - Fruit
Lambic - Unblended
Quadrupel (Quad)
Saison / Farmhouse Ale

English Ales
Baltic Porter
English Barleywine
English Bitter
English Brown Ale
English Dark Mild Ale
English India Pale Ale (IPA)
English Pale Ale
English Pale Mild Ale
English Porter
English Stout
English Strong Ale
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)
Foreign / Export Stout
Milk / Sweet Stout
Oatmeal Stout
Old Ale
Russian Imperial Stout
Winter Warmer

Finnish Ales

German Ales
Berliner Weissbier

Irish Ales
Irish Dry Stout
Irish Red Ale

Russian Ales

Scottish Ales
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Scottish Ale
Scottish Gruit / Ancient Herbed Ale
Lager Styles  

American Lagers
American Adjunct Lager
American Amber / Red Lager
American Double / Imperial Pilsner
American Malt Liquor
American Pale Lager
California Common / Steam Beer
Light Lager
Low Alcohol Beer

Czech Lagers
Czech Pilsener

European Lagers
Euro Dark Lager
Euro Pale Lager
Euro Strong Lager

German Lagers
Dortmunder / Export Lager
German Pilsener
Kellerbier / Zwickelbier
Maibock / Helles Bock
Märzen / Oktoberfest
Munich Dunkel Lager
Munich Helles Lager
Vienna Lager

Japanese Lagers
Japanese Rice Lager

Hybrid Styles  

Fruit / Vegetable Beer
Herbed / Spiced Beer
Smoked Beer

Hybrid styles are in the process of being sorted and moved into proper categories.