I’m not a beer drinker. There, I said it. There are some beers that taste good to me, but in general, I don’t like the carbonation (I don’t drink pop either) and what it does to my ‘constitution”. That being said, Cincinnati s a great beer town, and is becoming more so every day with our new micro-breweries and pubs. So, I thought, perhaps there are others out there who might like to know what they’re drinking, or talking about, when celebrating our city’s great tradition. Here you go:
Beer (ALL beer – lager, ale, stout, bock, pilsener, porter, etc) is made from the same ingredients: water, barley malt, hops, and yeast. What makes a different taste, style, or type of beer is the addition of other ingredients, different types of yeast, and fermentation temperature. Age also changes the flavor of beer. So let’s touch on the 5 major “types” of beer and try and make sense of it:
ALE: Ales are not aged, and are made with a yeast that floats to the top of the vat during fermentation. They contain a little more alcohol than lagers. They often have a hint of fruit in their flavor or aftertaste. A type of ale is STOUT. Darker and stronger than regular ale, a stout is brewed with toasted malt.
LAGER: The yeast in lagers sinks to the bottom of the vat and is fermented slowly and at cool temperatures, and take one to six weeks to age. Types of lager are:
PILSENER: About a third fewer calories and about 20% less alcohol than regular lager. Pale and golden, they are your “light” beers.
PORTER: The stronger flavor of this lager comes from toasting the malt before brewing. It is a bit higher in alcohol content as well.
BOCK: A dark German style of lager, bocks are traditionally spring beers, but these days they are brewed year round. They are rich, and thicker (in Germany they are made by freezing the beer and taking off the top layer of ice to thicken it). Bocks are brewed with roasted malts.
Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering uses beer in some of our recipes. Try our Ballpark Casserole – our Brats and Metts are poached in beer before grilling. Or, this fall, order our Cheddar-Ale Fondue, served with our Brats and Metts as well as our homemade German Salt Rye! You can always order our Beer Marinated Pork Tenderloin Sandwich from our Deli! Cheers!