Can someone give me a rundown of when and why the word beer is sometimes used to in place of lager? What I mean is, instead of saying "lager and ale", why do I sometimes see people saying "beer and ale"? I don't see it very often, and when I do, I get the feeling that it's either 1) an archaic use of the word beer which is no longer the proper use, or 2) perhaps how it is legitimately used in certain other countries (I live in the US). Right now I'm skimming through "Grossman's Guide to Wines, Beers, and Spirits" (6th revised edition) by Harold J. Grossman. The book was published in 1977. In the book, he describes how when beer is fermented, the yeast falls to the bottom, whereas in ale it mostly rises to the top. He also mentions lagers, but only as a sub style of "beer". I'm studying for the first episode of the podcast tonight, and it seems like something worth going into, at some point at least. Thanks guys!