Beer is an alcoholic beverage produced by the saccharification of starch and fermentation of the resulting sugar. Beer gets its flavor due to hops, which gives it a bitter taste and it is also a natural preservative. Also, variety of herbs and fruits can impart the additional notes in the aroma of beer.
Amazing varieties of craft beer are brewed at micro and mini breweries. Recently there has been a tendency of increase in the popularity and demand for craft beer. Many entrepreneurs can afford purchasing mini brewery and installing it in a restaurant, pub, bar, etc., thereby selecting the right course for a successful implementation of business ideas.
What kinds of beer are there?
Today there is a wide selection of different types of beer (about 65 worldwide). Many retailers offer beers segmented by country, by brand and, then, by style — making it almost impossible to shop for a specific style of beer. The following information has been included to help you better identify the different beer styles:
- Lager. A lager is pale, crisp, dry and refreshing. Lager yeast is cool, bottom-fermenting yeast and is fermented for a much longer period and at a lower temperature than ales. Pale lagers are the most commonly consumed beers in the world.
- Pilsner. Pilsners have a familiar, golden color and notable hop accent. Even though pilsners and lagers are both bottom fermented, you can rely on a difference in tastes to help distinguish between the two.
- Ale. In ales, you will find much more flavorful beer with strong, individual traits. Many of them will have fruity, herbal or spicy characteristics. Ales use top-fermenting yeasts that do not require refrigeration what other yeasts do.
- Pale Ale. Pale ale is a beer which uses top-fermenting yeast and, predominately, pale malt. Pale ales may range in color from golden to deep amber and were named pale ales because they were much lighter in color than the dark porters and stouts that preceded them. Pale ales are more highly-hopped, lightly-carbonated and robust. Pale ales pair perfectly with strongly spiced foods and are one of the world’s major beer styles.
- Porters & Stouts. Dry or sweet, flavored with roasted malt barley, oats or certain sugars, stouts and porters are characterized by darkness in color and rich, roasted malt flavor. Porter is ale brewed with a special combination of malts to create a heavier flavor, aroma and color. To complement this heavier flavor, porters have a fuller body and a slightly sweeter taste. There is a number of porters and stouts types, including Baltic porter, dry stout and Imperial stout.
- Wheat Beer. Wheat beer often has an unfiltered, pale and hazy appearance because of the type of yeasts used. Wheat beer is usually top-fermented and has a wide-range of flavors since a number of spices are used in the brewing process. As the name indicates, a wheat beer is brewed with a large proportion of wheat and malted barley.
Analyzing the beer market, the entrepreneur with ideas to start and develop a brewing business will be able to make the obvious conclusion that purchasing a private mini brewery does not amount to huge costs and in turn will be a great step towards the successful implementation of his ideas.
Think about purchasing brewing equipment today!