A beer goes with pretty much any occasion or event. While wine pairings used to be all the rage, now even the classiest restaurants provide up fine craft brews with pairing suggestions and options. Drinking the brew of your choice is no longer restricted to a case on the back porch but is an activity you can enjoy out on the town in bars, restaurants, and even movie theaters. However, enjoying a quality brewed beverage is an acquired taste and not everybody immediately loves the taste. For this reason, many new breweries are looking for new styles of beer that may tickle the fancy of even the stubbornest palettes. Here are just three craft beers for non beer drinkers to try.
Some basic tips to help you select the best beer for you:
If you know nothing and are looking for an easy to drink brew, picking out a lighter colored variety can usually work. The lighter the color the less intense the flavor is- usually. This is a fairly easy and simple rule of thumb to use if you are averse to stronger flavors and thicker textures.
Much like learning about coloration, choosing styles that are generally easier to accept on a beginner’s palette is a useful skill to know. Hefeweizen, a german style, offer a clean citrus forward flavor with a smooth creaminess that is refreshing and usually perfect for hot days. Other German or Belgian style brews are similar and will offer and simpler experience for newcomers.
It appears that the more experienced drinkers love exploring taste profiles that are strong in hops and malty-ness. These are inclined to include amber or brown ales, India pale ales, and the most powerful in bitterness and hoppiness being double IPAs.
What do you need to try as a non-beer drinker?
Hefeweizens – As previously mentioned, the refreshing taste that conveys most Hefeweizen beers makes it very attractive for the non-beer drinker. This style is available nearly everywhere in local breweries and national craft brew companies with some brands purchased by the big three national beer vendors. Because of their popularity and easy drinkability, whenever these beers were created by artisan crafters they were immediately purchased for mainstream marketing and distribution.
Sour beers – Sour beers have start to gain in popularity due to their unique flavors and ability to convert the non-brew drinker over. Sours are brewed to have intentionally sour and sour flavors with elevated acidity. They come in many different sub-styles and unique combinations of flavors so simply trying one will not do this production justice. Perfect as a dessert beverage or through a cold season before the fire, these often have flavors of coffee, chocolate, and a smooth creamy malty-ness that many enjoy.
Use this manual and these three recommendations the next time you are attempting to convert a non-beer drinker over to the light.