If you’ve ever stared at a glass of cool, refreshing beer and pondered the secrets behind it, the Dan Murphy’s Beer Discovery Guide is just what you need.
Overflowing with everything you ever wanted to know (and then a little bit more), the 36-page guide will show you how only four ingredients: grain, water, hops, and yeast, can be brewed into the beautiful, the unusual and the delicious.
You’ll also learn much more – like that often asked but rarely answered question – what’s the difference between lager and ale? Simply put, lager is made with bottom-fermenting yeast and is usually stored in extra cold conditions. Ales, on the other hand, are made with top fermenting yeast that’s brewed at room temperature and can give more nuanced and complex flavours.
Once you know the secrets to brewing a good drop, browse through the guide’s selection of over 90 different beers of and discover which variety is right for you.
Just remember that the lighter coloured beers are usually also lighter in flavour. Case in point: the European variety of pilsner. These are all about light ingredients and bitter citrusy flavours. Pale ales are – you guessed it, pale – and have a hoppy, slightly bitter taste that’s got plenty of nuance. But if you’re looking for even more power, India pale ales are the big kahuna. They’re packed with hops, and the strongest varieties aren’t for the faint of heart!
There are also golden ales and amber ales. Both are perfect for someone who’s seeking a bit more flavour or body than a Lager or Pale ale.
If you want an extra hint about how a beer tastes, the Discovery Guide will also let you in on a little hint the IBU – or International Bitterness Units – scale. This invention tells you how bitter and hoppy a beer is. It’s on every beer included in the Discovery Guide, and it’s perfect for finding something that suits you.
You’ll also find facts to impress, the stories behind your favourite breweries, food matching suggestions and plenty of handy tips – including the secrets to getting the perfect pour. So if you like to toast the beauty of beer, and you want to learn a little bit more about it, pick up a free copy of the Discovery Guide in-store at Dan Murphy’s today, or browse online at danmurphys.com.au.