Posts Tagged ‘ales’


An educated beer enthusiast is a happy beer enthusiast. Pad your beer library with these ten books ranging from subjects like beer history, homebrewing, and food-pairing. Get to know the world’s favorite drink in a whole new way.

 

Beer Companion
Beer Companion

By Michael Jackson
The other Michael Jackson, author of The New World Guide to Beer, continues his scholarly pursuit of all things beer. He combines historical anecdotes with contemporary beers and breweries resulting in, as the title suggests, a definitive beer companion.

 

Tasting Beer
Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink

By Randy Mosher
An extensive study of the world’s most popular drink. Learn how to identify different beers by scent, color and flavor, as well as proper serving, food pairing, and storage practices. It also comes complete with style-by-style compendium of the various brews within each of the major beer families.

 

The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food
The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food

By Garrett Oliver
Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver makes a fascinating and delicious argument for why “real” beer is the perfect compliment to any meal. Forget the mass-market variety brews. Follow Oliver as he takes you on a tour through the wide range of flavors found in beers from around the world.

 

How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time
How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time

By John Palmer
An easy to understand step-by-step guide to beer brewing for the laymen who’s ready to take beer enthusiasm to the next level.

 

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

By Charles Papazian
An extensive and trusted guide to homebrewing, courtesy of American Homebrewer’s Association founder Charlie Papazian. Recently expanded and revised to start you up and keep you brewing.

 

A Year of Beer: 260 Seasonal Homebrew Recipes
A Year of Beer: 260 Seasonal Homebrew Recipes

By Amahl Turczyn
Once you’ve gotten the hang of homebrewing, this helpful recipe book will guide you through producing 260 different seasonal brews. From extract to all-grain, for brewers of all skill levels.

 

Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer
Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer

By Maureen Ogle
The definitive history of American beer, from the wave of German immigrants who brought with them their passion for biergartens to the invention of American-style lager to the complexities of Prohibition to the present day, and everything important beer moment in between.

 

Farmhouse Ales: Culture and Craftsmanship in Belgian Tradition
Farmhouse Ales: Culture and Craftsmanship in Belgian Tradition

By Phil Markowski
A close study of the evolution and refinement of ales, from the old world classics to the modern day reproductions.

 

Bavarian Lager: Beerhall Helles History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes
Bavarian Lager: Beerhall Helles History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes

By Horst Dornbusch
Required reading for German beer lovers. A great balance of history, technical details and recipes of these classic lagers.

 

The Beer Drinker’s Guide to Munich
The Beer Drinker’s Guide to Munich

By Larry Hawthorne
An extensive guide to the best biergartens in the beer drinking capital of the world. Get a full look at more than 70 of Munich’s best watering holes, brew pubs, and beer halls. Also included is a chapter on Oktoberfest and other German beer festivals. Beer enthusiasts planning to visit the Beer City will also get some extra bang for their buck with the enclosed beer coupons from some of the area’s most renowned beer spots.

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Somewhere along the road from casual beer drinker to avid beer enthusiast, one must understand the key elements of beer. Among these basics: what is the difference between ales and lagers? Generally this is one of the first steps on the journey toward aficionado status. If you haven’t already, why not take that step with us now, and let Frankenmuth Brewery explain the difference between the ales and lagers.

In comparing ales and lagers, color and alcohol content don’t really factor in. The main thing we’re concerned with is yeast. The type of yeast used will effect which ingredients and techniques can be used in the brewing process.

Ales are top-fermented at warm temperatures, usually between 60-75 degrees. At this temperature, yeast tends to mature and ferment faster, sometimes in as little as a week. Lagers, on the other hand, are bottom-fermented at 45-59 degrees, which generally takes much longer. In fact, the word lager comes from the German word lagern, which means “to store”.

As the name suggestions, the yeast in the top-fermented ales rises to the top of the brew during fermentation. And as you might’ve guessed, bottom-fermented lagers are just the opposite. Because of the fast and warm fermentation, many consider ales have a stronger, bolder taste. Lagers are considered to have a smoother, cleaner taste.

There’s even a difference in how these beers are traditionally served. Ales are considered to be best at “cellar temperature”, between 50-55 degrees. Lagers should be much colder, at a crisp 40-45 degrees.

Frankenmuth Beer

Those are the principle differences between ales and lagers. Now that you’re on the road to worldly beer connoisseur status, don’t forget to stop by Frankenmuth Brewery on the way! We’ve got a fine mix of ales and lagers to tempt your taste buds. Among our lagers is the Munich Style Dunkel and our flagship beer, the Pilsner. For ales, we brew the popular Cass River Blonde, Red Sky, Batch 69 IPA, and the Hefeweizen.

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