Beer Style

Beer, ale, lager and stout styles and categories

Beers, ales and lagers come in many types, styles and variations. Please choose from the styles listed to find more of the beers you like.

Dark : Strong

Brakspear Triple
Tastingbeers.com Editors Choice - Winner

Brakspear Triple
83Remarkably easy-drinking strong ale. The restrained finish is the key to the drinkability.

Top of the chocs (Beer & Chocolate)
Ben McFarland gets all gooey at a beer and chocolate tasting

A salt on the senses (Beer & Seafood)
Beer can make a great accompaniment to salty seafood. Ben McFarland reports

Capital combinations (London)
Where in London can you eat good food and drink great beer at the same time? Ben McFarland found out

A beer lover's banquet (Ale & Pie Pubs)
A great deal of thought goes in to the Fuller's beer and food menu. Purely in the interests of research, Ben McFarland went along to a tasting session

Food for thought
We've talked about which beers to pair with your meal, but which beers should you use in your meal? Ben McFarland provides some recipes

A very big house in the country (Thornbridge Hall)
Richard Jones dons his gladrags for an evening of fine beer and food at the magnificent setting of Thornbridge Hall in the Peak District

Set in stone
Ben McFarland attends a beer dinner organised by Stone Brewing, a San Diego microbrewery making some big beers

The Hairy Bikers
Dave Myers and Si King are the Hairy Bikers: two-wheeled, globe-trotting, beer-loving chefs from North East England. Jeff Pickthall spoke to them

Beer vs wine
Beer and wine go head to head at the Ra!n Bar in Manchester, at an event organised by JW Lees brewery. Sally Toms was there.

In hop heaven
Ben McFarland asks a panel of experts for their food pairings with the eminently hoppy India pale ales

If you're gong to San Francisco
There's more to this Californian city than meets the eye. Jeff Pickthall reports on a thriving beer culture

Parisian style
Adrian Tierney-Jones scouts out the best beers and the best bars in the French capital

Prowling around Prague
City breaks for the beer enthusiast have never been easier, and you couldn't do better than Prague. But where's the best place to find a good beer? Lubomír Sedlák reports

California soul
Ben McFarland visits the beer hot spots of sunny San Diego

New York, New York,
Intrepid beer hunter Zak Avery explores the city so good they named it twice.

Paradise city
Zak Avery leads us on a beer tour of Copenhagen, Denmark's capital city.

Drinking cerveja in the sun
Joe Strange goes beer hunting in Lisbon, which isn't as difficult as you might think.

Little big city
Laurent Mousson watches beer worlds collide (gently) in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland.

A day in the life of a brewer
Just what do they get up to all day? We sent Glynn Davis to find out.

The final course
Ben Mcfarland British beer writer and regular BOTW columnist Ben McFarland has written extensively about beer's culinary kinship with food. Six things you shouldn't do at the dinner table: 1) Pick ...

Ireland: Stout to the top
Ireland's beer consumption has been dominated by stout in general and Guinness in particular. But as the country changes through new wealth, are its drinking patterns changing too?

Germany - All around the world
Planning a trip to the World Cup? Richard Jones provides a guide as to what to drink and eat

Germany - Read Alt about it (Altbiers)
Altbiers are the dark, top-fermented ales popular in Düsseldorf and the Rhineland, as Adrian Tierney-Jones reports

Mexico - One upon a time in Mexico
The Aztecs claim to have invented beer, and Mexico's modern brewing scene is thriving. Gary Monterosso reports

Belgium - The Belgian Selection
Belgium produces the most varied collection of beers in the world; Roger Protz reveals what the beer lover will find there

Germany - I'll have a bitter, bitte
Alright , so it might not be a German beer but we just love puns. Sally Toms gets to grips with some of the true beer styles of Germany

The Baltics - Baltic blitz
The Eastern European countries of Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Latvia are still producing some exciting beers. Adrian Tierney-Jones reports

Western Europe - Beer from wine country
Although better associated with grape than grain, the nations of France, Spain, Italy and Portugal still have much to offer the beer lover. Richard Jones reports

Belgium - Beer country
Charles D cook explores Belgium, the ultimate destination for any beer fan.

Canada - The great white north
Don Tse takes us on a journey to discover the beers and breweries of Canada.

The Netherlands - Beer in the Netherlands
Des de Moor shows that the Dutch have more to offer than just Grolsch and Heineken

Germany - A very stately brewery
Roger Protz visits German brewery Weihenstephan, the oldest brewery in the world.

Germany - Bier culture
Andy Neil reveals all about the beer styles and culture of one of the world's greatest brewing nations.

Belgium - Celebrating café culture
Charles D cook explores Belgium's legendary beer culture by revealing some of the best beer cafés.

Italy & Spain: A brave new world
Italy and Spain might be best known for wine, or for cold lagers suitable for quenching a Mediterranean thirst, but there's a lot more going on. Adrian Tierney-Jones reports.

Japan: Big in Japan
Matthew Knott gets to grips with the beer scene in Japan.

Czech Republic: World famous
Local man Lubomir Sedlak gives us the lowdown on beer drinking and beer culture in the Czech Republic.

East Anglia: Full of Eastern promise
East Anglia has emerged from the shadow of one large brewer and is producing some of Britain's most exciting beers. Andrew Burnyeat reports

South West: Beer booming in Hardy country
The South West of England is associated with cider production but it has a thriving brewery industry too. Adrian Tierney-Jones acts as tour guide

North West: Still very much a family affair
The North-West of England is still a healthy area for quality beer. Andrew Catchpole picks out the best buys

Hampshire, Kent and Sussex: In the garden of England
Andrew Catchpole looks at the brewers of Hampshire, Sussex and Kent

The pride of Yorkshire
Yorkshire is one of Britain's finest beer regions. We have extensively covered North Yorkshire in past issues. Here Barrie Pepper goes West and South

Och aye the brew (Scotland)
Scotland has undergone a beer revolution in the last decade. Ben McFarland looks at what is on offer

London calling
Andrew Catchpole looks at the beers and breweries of Greater London, Middlesex and Surrey

A light in the Black country (West Midlands)
England's West Midlands has long been a beer heartland, built on its industrial past. Roger Protz looks at what is on offer these days

Border brews (Cumbria and Northumberland)
Adrian Tierney-Jones discovers the beers of England's most northerly counties, Cumbria and Northumberland

Scotland's true new Irn brews
Scotland has undergone a real ale revolution in recent years. Dominic Roskrow reports

Where the heart is (Central England)
Dominic Roskrow sees what's brewing in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire

Putting the ales into Wales
Jeff Evans discovers the beers and breweries of Wales

Treasures of the north west
In this issue Dominic Roskrow looks at the family brewers of Manchester as well as Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside

Southern style
Dominic Roskrow gets to grips with the breweries of Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Kent.

UK Breweries
Breweries HAMPSHIRE Bowman Ales Ltd, Droxford Tel: +44 (0)1489 878 110 www.bowmanales.com Choice beer: Wallops Wood 4% The Crondall Brewing Co, Crondall Tel: +44 (0)1252 319 000 www.crondallbrewery.c...

Northern exposure
Prosaic images of England's north west – rain, flat caps, black pudding, Vimto, hot-pot, meat-and-potato pies – are easy to bring to mind but are evidence of lazy thinking. Exploration of the nort...

Green & Pleasant Lands
Hampshire, Dorset & Wiltshire form an impressive pyramid of brewing, where traditional production and modern techniques exist side by side. Dominic Roskrow reports.

Raising Cains
Liverpool brewery Cains seemed to be going nowhere fast until two brothers turned it on its head. Andrew Catchpole reports

The beer that time forgot (Hook Norton)
Hook Norton in Oxfordshire is part visitor attraction, part brewery. It also makes great beer. Sally Toms went for a look round

Marston's of the universe
Pete Brown visits Marston's Brewery in Burton upon Trent home of the legendary Burton Unions.

Achel Trappists
Roger Protz turns his attention to Achel brewery and the ‘famous five' Belgian Trappist breweries

Norfolk's big hitter
Norfolk brewery Woodforde's is a long-surviving and much-respected boutique brewery now selling nearly four million pints a year. Dominic Roskrow looks at what has made it so successful.

Scotland's new national drink
The opportunity to drink a few beers in Scotland has Alastair Gilmour on a ‘high'.

Black Magic
Roger Protz travels to St James's Gate Brewery in Dublin to celebrate the iconic brand's 250th birthday.

Beer Styles and Definitions
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World Beer Awards 2011
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