Beer 101

Wine for Beer Drinkers.

Many people assume that wine is a luxurious drink that can be paired only with special meals, while beer is a casual beverage to accompany only informal meals. Of course, beer and wine are two very different beverages; beer is brewed year-round from a variety of starches, treated more like an ever-evolving recipe to experiment with and perfect. Wine, on the other hand, is produced only once each a year from grapes of different varieties – a lifelong study in adjusting to nature's whims! These generalizations are true, but far too limiting.

Beer can be a serious, complex, “food-worthy” beverage, and wine can be simple, refreshing and "session"able. The quality of both beverages have been elevated in style and the nuances of the styles. And, while they are made differently, they are both fermented alcoholic beverages that can share flavor and structural similarities.

Here are some new ideas for both wine and beer drinkers:

If you like Wheat Beer, then try Chardonnay

- Chardonnays, like Wheat Beers, are complex while being smooth, light and refreshing

If you like Pale Ale, then try Pinot Noir

- Pinot Noirs are earthy yet light, and like pale ales, balanced and mellow

If you like Pilsner, then try Pinot Grigio

- a Pinot Grigio's simultaneously sweet and spicy notes are reminiscent of a Pilsner's hoppy, spice profile

If you like Lager, then try Chianti

- Chiantis are medium bodied, often bitter and acidic, much like a dry and crisp lager

If you like IPA , then try Sauvignon Blanc

- grassy Sauvignon Blancs and Hoppy IPAs are both versatile, bright, bold, herbal, often with citrus notes

If you like Amber/Red Ale, then try Red Zinfandels

- Zinfandels are full and sweet, so lovers of the malt-centric Amber/Red Ale will feel right at home

If you like Porter, then try Syrah

- Both Syrah and Porters are known for being powerful, dark and full-bodied

If you like Stout, then try Cabernet Sauvignon

- Cabs are dark & full-bodied with strong layered fruit flavors, the red wine version of a bold roasted malty stout

If you like Hard Cider, then try Champagne

- if you like crisp, sparkling wine then tart, fizzy cider is right up your alley.

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