Beer has four basic ingredients--barley, yeast, hops and water--but how they are combined creates different types of beers. Ales are top fermenting and tend to be higher in alcohol content, with more complexity. Lagers are bottom fermenting and require cool temperatures to brew, giving them a drier taste than ales. Hybrid beers combine brewing techniques and ingredients to create multiple styles of beer, such as cream ale. Lambic beers are harder to find, as they have fallen out of fashion among brewers. Lambic beers require spontaneous fermentation and can be tricky to create. Lambic beers tend to be complex and sour. There are multiple brands of beer sold throughout the world, of every type and style.
A list of ales from around the world include Marstons' Pedigree, Anheuser-Busch's Hoegaarden and Hacker-Pschorr Heffe Weise. Pedigree originates from the United Kingdom. With an alcohol content of 4.5 percent, it offers a balance of fruity and bitter hops. Hoegaarden is manufactured in Belgium, with ingredients that include curacao orange peels and coriander. The beer is 5 percent alcohol and has a sweet and sour flavor. Hacker-Pschorr Heffe Weise, 5.5 percent alcohol, comes from Germany, and has a distinctive flavor, with notes of clove and banana.
International lagers include Bavaria Brewery's 8.6, Carlesburg's Import and Cerv Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma's Tecate. Bavaria 8.6 originates from Holland. It has an alcohol content of 7.9 percent. It is darker than some lagers, giving it a slightly bitter, but smooth, taste. Carlesburg Brewery is located in Denmark. Carlesburg Import has 5 percent alcohol, with a crisp flavor. Produced in Mexico, Tecate is a golden lager with 4.6 percent alcohol, a lighter flavor and a golden hue.
Hybrid beers from around the world include Harpoon's Kellerbier, Red Duck Brewery's Red Duck White Garden and Düsseldorf's Altbier. Kellerbier is manufactured by Harpoon's Brewery, located in the United States. It has a 5.2 percent alcohol content and low carbonation. It is best paired with strong cheese, red meat or dark breads. Red Duck White Garden is an Australian hybrid fruit beer. It has a lower alcohol content of 4.1 percent and made with raspberry and rhubarb. Düsseldorf Altbier is produced by the Düsseldorf Brewery in Germany. It has a alcohol volume around 4.5 percent, with a bittersweet, dry flavor.
Lambic beers most often originate from Belgium. Some available brands include Mort Subite Gueuze, Lindemans Pecheresse and Boon Faro. The Mort Subite Gueuze is created from a mix of young and old lambics, fermented for at least one year. It has 4.5 percent alcohol and has a sour, cherry flavor. Lindemans Pecheresse is created from a mixture of peach juice and lambics, giving it a crisp peach flavor with a hint of sourness. With a low alcohol content of 4 percent, Pecheresse is suitable for brunch as an accompaniment to crepes or waffles. Boon Faro is made from younger beer mixed with old lambics, resulting in a 4.2 percent alcohol content. The flavor is sour, with a sweet note introduced from the candisyrup Boon adds before bottling.
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