The 2-Minute Guide to Beer

For your drinking pleasure!

( Have you ever had to stare at a bar menu and found yourself clueless as to what the heck is an ale or a lager? To the untrained eye, they are all just called beer, but if you're particular about hops, colors, and how much alcohol content will end up sitting in your belly, then we've done the work for you. 


Ales and lagers are only different in terms of 1) the type of yeast used and 2) the fermenting temperature. While ales are made using top-fermenting yeast, ferments at warmer temperatures and for short periods of time, lagers are produced the opposite way: fermenting at cooler temperatures, for longer periods of time, using bottom-fermenting yeast.


When it comes to flavor, ales are usually fruity, earthy, malty, and aromatic. They're known to have complex tastes and aromas, and are best enjoyed warm (about 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit, or 7 to 12 degrees Celsius).


Lagers, meanwhile, are often highly carbonated, smooth, and mellow, with the flavors usually midly bitter, crisp, smooth, and mellow. They are usually served fairly cool, at about 38 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, or 3 to 7 degrees Celsius.


We're happy there's so many choices now in the Metro for good grub and the drinks that go well with them, so here's a quick video to help you through your next night out.



Also read:
Fake It Like You Know It: Beer
Top 10 Must-Try Local Craft Beers in Manila 
Best Beer Matches: Perfect Beer + Food Pairings 



Beers available at The Bottle Shop, Bonifacio Global City; Rustan's Marketplace; and select supermarkets.


Video editing by Trina Elefante; cover art by Warren Espejo

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