If you don’t know very much about beer, you probably can’t make heads or tails of the expansive menu at your local beer garden. However, there are a few keywords, prefixes, and suffixes you can learn to get a better idea of what you’re looking at.
Stef Ferrari at Serious Eats pulled together a great list of common beer parlance. For example, most people know that weizen indicates a wheat-based brew, but did you know that the words “humulus,” “lupulus,” or “lupulin” indicate hoppy beers, like IPAs? Or that the word “old” is usually associated with a barley wine-style beer? If you still aren’t sure what you’re looking at on the menu, an app like BrewGene can be a big help too.
If you’re serious about making your way through a beer list, there are a ton of other keywords through the source link, and some great backstories behind them too.
How to Decipher the Beer List at Your Local Craft Beer Bar | Serious Eats
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