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Beer Styles

Specialty Beers

Catch-all for any type of beer—ale, lager or otherwise—that does not fit neatly into a historic style set. These beers are often based on classic styles, but with added experimental twists. No ingredient or process should be discounted, but generally speaking, the root style can still be recognized.

  • American Black Ale

    The American black ale is characterized by the perception of caramel malt and dark roasted malt flavor...

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    American Black Ale

  • Barrel-Aged Beer

    A wood- or barrel-aged beer is any lager, ale or hybrid beer, either a traditional style or a unique...

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    Barrel-Aged Beer

  • Chocolate Beer

    Few flavors are as universally celebrated as chocolate. From ancient civilizations who drank fermented...

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    Chocolate Beer

  • Coffee Beer

    If you had to combine two beverages that Americans love, you would have coffee beer. Craft breweries...

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    Coffee Beer

  • Fruit and Field Beer

    Fruit beer is made with fruit, or fruit extracts that are added during any portion of the brewing process,...

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    Fruit and Field Beer

  • Gluten-Free Beer

    If you are one of the 2 million Americans who suffer from celiac disease, trying craft beers may seem...

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    Gluten-Free Beer

  • Herb and Spice Beer

    An herb and spice beer is a lager or ale that contains flavors derived from flowers, roots, seeds or...

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    Herb and Spice Beer

  • Honey Beer

    Both lagers and ales can be brewed with honey. Some brewers will choose to experiment with ingredients,...

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    Honey Beer

  • Pumpkin Beer

    Nothing says fall quite like pumpkins and beer, and American craft breweries have done a superb job of...

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    Pumpkin Beer

  • Rye Beer

    In darker versions, malt flavor can optionally include low roasted malt characters (evident as cocoa/chocolate...

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    Rye Beer

  • Session Beer

    Session beer is not defined by flavors or aromas, which can place it in almost any style category. Instead,...

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    Session Beer

  • Smoke Beer

    When malt is kilned over an open flame, the smoke flavor becomes infused into the beer, leaving a taste...

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    Smoke Beer

  • Specialty Beer

    Ingredients used in the specialty beer style should be distinctive and evident in either the aroma, flavor...

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    Specialty Beer