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Different Types of Craft Beer

Craft Beer - organatan - July 16, 2021

Different Types of Craft Beer

If you are new to craft beer then some of the terminology can be confusing, especially if you’re used to everything being just “beer”.  Craft beer isn’t just for hipsters, there are tons of varieties and craft brewing is a skill.  So let’s clear up the confusion between ale, beer, lager and whatnot.  Let’s go over the different types of craft beer.

What is Beer?

Beer is a generic term used to describe an alcoholic beverage made with a starchy grain and water.  Granted there are a ton of variations on the basic recipe but if it is made with barley, we call it beer.  Beer, in one form or another has been around for thousands of years.  Ancient Egyptians brewed beer and it has been part of our culture since then.  Beer is typically broken down into two different types, ales and lagers.  Here is a look at how craft beers are made.


Ale is just beer that is brewed with hops and it is fairly common.  Hops makes the beer bitter so malt is added to but the bitterness and add some sweetness.  The key to brewing a good ale is to find a balance between the bitterness and the sweet.  Ales also include stout, which is a thick dark beer.  Guinness is probably the most famous stout that you have tasted, they are available pretty much everywhere. Pale ales or IPAs are also common among craft brewers and they are a golden color and a lot milder than a stout.


Lager is the most common type of beer in the world and if you have ever had a Budweiser then you have tried lager.  Originally, lager was brewed by Germans in the late fall so they could have a drink in the hot summer months.  Lager was originally fermented slowly in cold winter caves where the temperatures would help the fermenting process.  Today lager is still brewed through cold fermentation and storage to give it that flavor that makes it so popular.

Granted there are dozens of different types of lagers and ales in the marketplace and plenty of subcategories within lagers and ales that you can try.  Don’t be intimidated by terminology that describes how beer is made, try new things and discover what you like.  You may even become interested in brewing your own craft beer.  Craft beer is there for everyone to try and there are many different flavors you’re bound to love.

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Discovering New Craft Beers

Craft Beer - organatan - July 13, 2021

Discovering New Craft Beers

Beer drinkers have become more discerning and grabbing a six-pack of Coors at the local convenience store just doesn’t cut it anymore.  Not only do beer drinkers want more variety and flavorful beers, but they also combine this with wanting to shop local.  That is one of the reasons for the rise and success of microbreweries all over the world.  There is a certain appeal to consumers about trying a beer that has been brewed in a more old-fashioned and traditional way.  Half the fun of being a craft beer aficionado is discovering new craft beers, let us show you how to do just that.

The Grocery Store

If your local supermarket has a decent selection of wines then you can expect it to have a decent selection of local beers.  As local craft beer grows in popularity, then the store is more likely to carry the brand to appease their customers.  Don’t just walk by the alcohol section thinking there is nothing there you’re going to like, take a moment and browse and maybe give something new a try.

Local Restaurants and Bistros

Pubs, gastropubs, and even your neighborhood sports bar will all have large selections of craft beer, both in bottles and on tap.  Your server can make recommendations on what beer goes well with what meals, just like they do for wine.  Local breweries even have restaurants attached where you can have a meal while trying out their offerings.

Specialty Stores

There are stores now that specialize in bringing beer from all over the world.  Want to try beer brewed in Nepal…no problem.  Buying local is great and you should absolutely support a local microbrewery, at the same time, there is nothing wrong with trying a brewing recipe from Belgium that is hundreds of years old.

Beer of the Month Club

Yes, that’s really a thing.  If you can’t get a good selection of microbrews then hit the internet and join a beer of the month club.  This is also ideal if you have no idea where to start to pick a new brew to taste.  If you have a beer lover in the family then this makes the perfect gift.

Discovering your new favorite beer is always exciting, but it is not always as easy as a trip to the store.  Explore around your town to see what’s available and then try looking for some great beers online and give them a try.

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Our beer making process

Craft Beer - organatan - July 2, 2021

Black Barrels by Hamilton Happy.

After the experience at the Bhodicipher brewery, where they have been created the first Asian beers aged in wood and the first beers a spontaneous fermentation, I landed in Turin where I decided to give life to this new project.

Black Barrels is divided into two parts: in the BeerShop on the floor upstairs are hosted beers from around the world, with particular attention to beers aged in wood and spontaneous fermentations some raw materials are also made available to customers for home manufacturing.

Downstairs, in the cellar, the beers designed by the brewer, with projects carried out in collaboration with others breweries.

Once matured, the beers are then bottled, made ripen again, and finally placed on the market.

The aging in wood has become a peculiar feature of the Asian brewing scene, in many
breweries it is easy to find part of the production matured in this type of container.  The goal of this project is to create a new path for a further development of this production technique, thus seeking to contribute to the increase in the richness of the Asian beer proposal.

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