The 20 Most Important Beer Terms To Know Before Ordering Your Next Pint

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Although I've been choosing wine more recently, typically, I'm a big-time beer drinker—what do you expect, I live in Portland, OR right now, which is a hub for such booze. The other night, though, after all my years of drinking beer, it dawned on me that I still have a hell of a lot to learn about the stuff, prompting me to do some research to figure out if I could better educate myself.

While I may never become a "Brewmaster" at a local, national or even my very own home brewery, at the very least, these 20 beer terms will help me sound a hell of a lot more intelligent the next time I talk to my bartender at the local watering hole—and, hopefully, they're beneficial for you, too.

  • Hallertau in Bavaria, Germany
  • Saaz in Zatec, Czech Republic
  • Spalt in Spalter, Germany
  • Tettnang in the Lake Constance region, Germany
  • Small - Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships.
  • Independent - Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.
  • Traditional - A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

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