In Miami the consumption of craft beers has risen thanks to a handful of craft breweries that have become established in the city.
The Brewers Association headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, defines American craft beer as one made by “a small, independent and traditional craft brewer.”
Beer researchers and connoisseurs around the world assert that craft beer consumers are detail-oriented, curious, sociable and self-assured people who have a liking for innovation, personal style, the warmth of human contact, history, and finally, the exclusivity of the artisanal over the industrial manufacture.
At MiamiSmit we clue you in on the craft beer fundamentals so that you take your first steps towards knowing beer types and styles, as well as what you should keep in mind when tasting brews.
Craft beers, what you should know when it comes to sampling them
The inquiring, discovering and sampling of craft beers is a very personal practice, however, connoisseurs recommend taking into consideration certain aspects when it comes to exploring and savoring them if you want to get the hang of it on your own.
The sensory impressions of craft beer-tasting are determined by the body, aroma, feel and flavor of the beverage.
· Presentation and serving
Shaker pints, tulip glasses or snifters served at room temperatures are advised in order to enjoy the widest range of intensity for flavor, consistency, and color. Avoid using glassware at tongue-numbing temperatures, since in most cases this negatively impacts the tasting.
· Accompaniment or side dish
Craft beers personalities are intense, therefore combining them with strong foods is recommended to trigger an explosive flavor fusion in any palate.
· ABV, IBU, SRM
ABV: Alcohol By Volume. Craft beers usually range from 3% to 20%
IBU: International Bitterness Units. It gauges the bitterness level of hops in beer.
SRM: Standard Reference Method. It is a scale from 0 to 40 for measuring the beer’s color intensity.
Beers are made with yeast, hops, malt and water.
· Responsible enjoyment
The best way to enjoy drinking craft beers is the moderate way
Customarily, two types of beers are widely known: Lager and Ale.
Lager Beer: It is made from bottom-fermented yeast making it very light-bodied and pale golden in color. The Pilsner, Munich, Bock and Vienna are counted among the most popular Lagers variants.
Ale Beer: This beer type is made with top-fermented yeast resulting in intense and complex flavors.
Smoked beers or those fermented with fruits, vegetables, herbs, or spices are often considered Ale.
Most popular craft beer styles
The list of craft beer styles is extensive. Depending on the country and region, brewers can add different ingredients that lend originality and exclusiveness to their product. Here we list some of the hippest styles in the world.
American style: American Amber Ale, American Pale Ale, Block Ale, Brown Ale, Cream Ale, Indian Pale Ale (IPA) American.
German style: Pilsen, Altbier, Kölsch, Weizenbier, Maibock, Dunkel, Helles, Schwarzbier
British style: Bitter, Mild, Brown Ale, English Pale Ale, Old Ale, Barley Wine, Scotch Ale, Irish Ale, Porter, India Pale Ale (IPA).
Belgian style: Belgian Ale, Flanders Brown Ale, Flanders Red Ale, Trappist Ale (Dubbel, Tripel, others), Abbey Beer, Saison, Porter.
If you want to know more about Miami Micro Brewery, see the guide here