NOTE: The first reference to beer in literature was when Pliny the
Elder in ancient Rome noted that beer was being brewed by Celts in Spain.
Pilsner Generally a pale golden color, a dry, crisp balance of barley & hops,
can be somewhat bitter. It is actually a type of lager. 90% of the beer consumed in the U.S. is pilsner.
Ale brewed at warmer temperatures, generally higher in alcohol, fuller body &
Lager brewed at cooler temps, less alcohol content in general,
less complex, can be dry.
IPA India Pale Ale. Stronger & hoppier.
The acids in the hops acted as a preservative on the long boat journey from England to the colonies in India. American IPA's
are usually amber-colored and have more malty flavor.
Scottish Ale darker,
maltier, less carbonation. Color, maltiness and overall strength are measured in a 60-80 Schilling scale.
Anything stronger than 80 is called "wee heavy". We have a beer by O'dell's which is called "90 Schilling",
perhaps a bit tongue-in-cheek. Strong Scotch ale will generally be dark brown, high in alcohol, probably slightly smoky
Belgian Ale There are a lot of styles of Belgian ale. The best
are malty with low hops, usually aromatic, can have spicy overtones.
Named after the Porter's at London's Victoria Station, who would blend different beers in one glass. It has less bitterness,
and it can have a chocolaty flavor.
Stout A porter with more alcohol
& barley. It can be slightly more bitter. It is often darker, maltier & hoppier as well.
Hefeweisen (Wheat Beer) Can be very light in flavor, good on draft with
a slice of lemon!
Saison A fruity, spicy,
highly carbonated pale ale. It's composition is usually influenced by the Saison Dupont Vieille Provision.
Dunkel A smooth and malty German dark lager.
Doppelbock A strong, malty, darker version of a Bock (standard German dark beer),
usually about 7% ABV.
We stock a number of local four corners beers, including Durango Brewing, Ska & Steamworks.