Monday, 17 October 2022 09:27

How to Find the Brew for You

Written by  Revue Staff
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Believe it or not, there are plenty of people in West Michigan—yes, even in Grand Rapids, a.k.a. Beer City—who still haven’t found the beer for them.

Hopefully, if you’re reading this, you’re one of those people. We just want to say to you: Don’t be scared! Beer comes in so many different styles, you could hate IPAs and still love stouts or fruited sours. 

With so many different kinds of beer on the shelf, we want to help you out with this quick guide that hopefully will help you find the brew style for you. 

Amber Ales
If you like: Bread, malt

This is the perfect entry to craft beer, the most straightforward style, not hoppy at all but very malty, with a touch of sweetness. 

Try: Big Lake’s Michigan Amber

India Pale Ales
If you like: Cannabis, Negronis

Also known as IPAs, this style heavily features hops, which can range anywhere from juicy to floral, earthy, citrusy, or super bitter. If you want a drink that packs a punch in a number of ways, grab an IPA. If you want something more approachable, go for a juicy New England IPA.

Try: Bell’s Two Hearted

Porters
If you like: Coffee

Porters are a dark beer that tend to have a coffee and/or unsweetened chocolate flavor, perfect for those who drink it black.

Try: Founders Porter

Stouts
If you like: Chocolate, lattes

Stouts are dark beers that come in all sorts of styles, from dry stouts to milk stouts to oatmeal stouts to super wild chocolate-hazelnut-cinnamon-ice cream stouts. On a cold day, grab one of these and you’ll warm right up.

Try: New Holland’s The Poet

Barrel-Aged
If you like: Alcohol

Barrel aging blew up with whiskey-aged stouts, but now you can find rum-aged ales, tequila-aged sours and more. If you like liquor, enjoy the complexity of a barrel-aged brew.

Try: Founders Mas Agave

Saisons/Farmhouse
If you like: Wine, tea

On the most basic level, saisons are pale ales made with fruit and spice, and they have a good amount in common with wine, including the subtle flavors lingering below the surface. They also make a great base to add floral stuff in like lavender, chamomile, whatever!

Try: Jolly Pumpkin’s Bam Biére

Wheat Beers
If you like: Orange juice

Very similar to saisons, wheat beers are light and refreshing and often citrusy. Go ahead and drop an orange slice in there—it can’t hurt.

Try: Bell’s Oberon, North Peak’s Archangel

Sours
If you like: Lemonade, sour candies

Sours can be incredibly complex, subtle and funky, especially if they’re brewed using wild yeast. They can also be a total sucker punch (or rather, pucker punch) to the mouth, like Warheads candies, and those are great to—especially if you don’t like beer.

Try: Speciation’s Incipient

Fruit Beers
If you like: Fruit

This style has blown up lately in a big way, as brewers learn an easy way to make great beer is to use a ton of fruit. Who doesn’t like juice?

Try: Short’s Soft Parade

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