Quick & Easy Beer Guide for Beginners

In every party there are different kinds of drinkers. There are the social drinkers, regulars, dependents, binge drinkers, and then there are beer beginners. If you are new to beers and is about to come to a gathering where alcohol will likely be involved, it is never too late to start learning about your lagers, stouts, and ales.

First Sip

Here at McCullar’s Irish Pub & Grill, the first thing beer beginners ask us is which kind they ought to try first. This can be a bit tricky. Most people would say that the less alcohol content, the better. However, this might not be ultimately true. According to studies, the best beers to try first should not only be less in alcohol, but also contain lighter and fruitier taste, with higher carbon content. This would include blonde or lighter ales.

Ask your local bartender about blonde and light American pale ales. You can also check out cream ales, German-style lagers, highly carbonated ales, and flavored beers. It is likely that you will be offered a Bud Light, and there is nothing wrong with that. Still, we recommend trying other flavors and brands. Just be careful not to mix them up in one go.

Leveling Up

Once you have tasted a handful of kinds, it is time to try beers with deeper notes, more pronounced bitterness, varying textures, and complex flavors. One of your first stops should therefore be stouts and porters. If you think you are up to the challenge, then you can go with the stronger and richer flavored one, which are the stouts. The most famous and a great example would be Guinness.

You can explore around Belgian, American Amber and Brown, Irish, and English style of wits, ales, and porters. Just be careful with the alcohol content and your tolerance.

Enjoy More Flavors!

It is only a matter of time before you find that perfect style and brand of beer for you. Pretty soon, you can easily determine the flavor, texture, color, and “kick” of the beers you have tried.

For us here at McCullar’s Irish Pub & Grill, one of the best ways to learn more about beers is through drinking it with friends and family. For your upcoming gatherings or future hangouts, come and visit us here in Arlington, TX.