Brewing Styles

Recognized Beer Syles (from BJCP and AHA) including Categories & Subcategories

Did you know the first use of hops is dated back to 768 A.D.,
when King Pepin le Bref made reference to his "humlonaria" (hop garden) at the Abbey St. Dennis?
More than 1200 years later almost all beers are flavored by bitter hops.

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American Light Lager Light/Standard/Premium, Malt Liquor, Dark, Classic (Pre-prohibition)
European Light Lager Bohemian Pilsner, Northern German Pilsner, Scandinavian-Dutch Pilsner, Dortmunder Export, Munich Helles
German Amber Lager Oktoberfest, Maerzen, Vienna
European Dark Lager Munich Dunkel, Continental Dark, Schwarzbier (Black Beer)
Bock Traditional Bock, Hellesbock, Maibock, Dopplebock, Eisbock


Light Ale Blonde Ale, American Wheat, Cream Ale, Kolsch
British Bitter Ordinary Bitter, Best Bitter, Strong Bitter
Scottish Ale Light, Heavy, Export
Pale Ale British Pale Ale, American Pale Ale, California Common Beer
India Pale Ale  
Altbier Dusseldorfer, Northern German
Brown Ale Mild, Southern Brown, Northern Brown, American Brown
Strong Ale Old Ale, Strong Scotch Ale, Russian Imperial Stout, Barleywine
Porter Robust, Brown
Stout Dry, Sweet, Oatmeal, Foreign Extra
Wheat Beer Bavarian Weizen, Bavarian Dunkelweizen, Berliner Weisse, Weizenbock
Strong Belgian/French Duppel, Tripel, Strong Golden Ale, Strong Dark Ale, Biere de Garde
Other Belgian Ale Oud Bruin Ale / Flanders Red Ale, Lamic, Witbier, Saison, Pale Ale, Specialties
Fruit Beer  
Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer  
Smoked Beer Classic Tauchbier, Other Smoked Beer, Steinbier


New-England Style  


Traditional Standard Traditional Mead, Varietal Honey Traditional Mead
Melomel Cyser (apples), Pyment (grapes), Other Fruit
Mixed Category Mead  

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