02 Jun Step Up Your Vocab: Buzzwords To Know To Sound Like a Pro
Still trying to navigate through this whole ‘craft beer’ thing and getting hung up on the vocab? I know how you feel! I feel the same way around my wine-loving friends. Seriously, what do legs have to do with wine?
In this post you’ll find a few words and phrases that every student of the craft should know. This barely scratches the surface on craft beer lingo, but hopefully these key words will set you on your way to sounding like a real smarty pants.
Session Beer – a beer that is lower in ABV, usually below 5% thus permitting the enjoyment of several beers in a ‘session’ while still drinking responsibly. Though session beers are lower in alcohol, they still may be full in flavor.
Wort – Early in the brewing process, malted grain is combined with hot water for about an hour. During this time, the sugar that’s contained within the grain is coaxed out. After an hour, the liquid is drained and the used grain is discarded. This sugary liquid is called “wort.”
High Gravity – a brewing process whereby a stronger wort is produced and a beer with higher alcohol content results (because wort is full of sugar and sugar is converted into alcohol by yeast). High gravity beers generally exceed 8% ABV.
International Bitterness Units [IBUs] – the standard scale used to measure the bitterness of a beer. The scale ranges from 1 to 100 IBUs, however, there are beers that are said to exceed 100 IBUs (though the human threshold for detecting bitterness is believed to be capped at 100).
Craft Beer – Beer made from American craft brewers that are small [producing six million barrels of beer or less per year], independent [meaning less than 25% of the craft brewery is owned or controlled by another company in the alcoholic beverage industry] and traditional [in their brewing practices].
These are just a few of the major words and terms you need to know. Are there others that you hear around the pub that you want to know more about? I’m all ears. Ask away! Cheers!