I will take advantage of this article to sort through the beer that is most often found in French bars. How to find your way in this large ocean of beverages available both under pressure and in bottles?
BEER: WE DON’T DRINK THAT MUCH BEER!
What a huge subject. I recently told myself that I needed to improve my beer knowledge because as much as I like it, I’m not a great technician.
To my surprise, we don’t drink that much beer in France. Next to our German (161.5l/p/year) or Czech (157l/p/year) neighbours, we drink “only” 35.4l per year per inhabitant!
It must be said that wine occupies a large part of our lives (41l/p/year).
BEER FOR ALL TASTES
Whether blond, brown, red, IPA, white, flavoured or peated, there are beers for each of our delicate palates.
A FEW THINGS TO KNOW TO FULLY UNDERSTAND
BEER: It is an alcoholic drink obtained by fermentation (by mixing cereals, water and yeasts).
CEREALS: The cereals chosen are very varied. Most often we find barley, wheat, rye, buckwheat…
HOPS: It is added or not to beer to give it herbaceous and floral flavors.
WATER: Well, that I think is fine! It is no less important. Water should be as neutral as possible.
SEVENSES: They are essential because they transform the sugar in cereal starch into alcohol. They will also give part of the aromas.
FERMENTATION: Low, high or spontaneous, depending on the type of yeast used.
THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BEER
The lager is a beer with low fermentation, rather fresh and light. They can be found in blonde, amber or brown.
And the difference between a blonde, amber or dark? This is the level of roasting of the cereals used. The more often the malt is roasted, the darker the beer will be. Ruthless logic!
The pilsner is one of the names given to blond lagers.
The pilsner (or pils) is the lightest blond beer. It is also the most popular. It is very light and thirst-quenching with low fermentation (approx. 5° alcohol).
Among the known pilsners: Stella Artois, Jupiler, Pilsner Urquell, Kronemboung, Heineken…
L’INDIA PALE ALE (IPA)
Increasingly, APIs are in fashion and yet have existed since the colonies in India.
Indeed, the English wanted to go to India with their own local products, they created a high fermentation drink that could withstand long sea voyages and the heat of the Indian continent.
IPA is a powerful but smooth and fragrant beer. They include: Chouffe IPA, Brooklyn IPA, and a large number of bottled beers.
The emblem of the stout: Guinness! Symbol of stout alone. Stouts are dark, bitter, low-gas beers. They have aromas of roasting, coffee and liquorice.
Often originating from Ireland, the Kilkenny is also found there.
When we talk about triple beer, we are talking about triple fermentation beer. Stronger in alcohol but also in taste, the triples are for me the most suitable to imagine food and beer matches.
Examples of triples: Karmeliet, Chouffe, Duvel, Moulin d’Ascq, …
We often talk about abbey beer but the only real difference is that they are made in abbeys by religious. One finds there famous beers through the counters of France: Leffe, Grimbergen, Chimay, Maredsous …
AND THEN EVERYTHING ELSE
What is so terrifying about the world of beer is that as soon as you think you finally understand how to differentiate the types of beer you realize you’re not!
The proof in pictures :
Fortunately, even though there are still many categories of beer to explore, the above list will allow you to survive your next bar order without worries.
Anyway, if you are a producer, or just a beer lover and you would like to write for DesvinsaVous.com, I am looking for someone to go a little deeper into the details of making.
I also advise you to visit the Bierorama site, which is extremely complete to understand beer and even to make your own beer. Univers-biere.net which is just as interesting.
Finally, I wait for you in the comments to share your feelings on this beautiful drink!
See you soon,
Corentin – DesVinsaVous
http://www.bierorama.com/actualites/ (incredible site)