Infographic: The Many Varieties of Beer
Phew! The gamut of beer varities is almost as dizzying as the drink itself. Luckily, this infographic maps out the glorious spectrum of brewski styles. (Also, we're pretty sure we can make a board game out of it. A drinking board game.)
As you can see from this map, beer comes in many subtle varieties including one big divide – Lagers and Ales. I believe that what separates the lagers from the ales aside from taste alone is in the temperature at which it is fermented and conditioned. With Lagers you get your Bocks and Pilsners and Light beers. Ales are brewed at room temperature and produce your IPA’s, Stouts, and Lambic beers.
Photo courtesy of Eric Lyday