With hundreds of lagers, ales, and stouts available, you'll find plenty of options to serve thirsty guests. But remember: Always drink responsibly, and never drink if you're planning to drive.
Stout. Stouts (and porters) are the darkest, richest brews. The barley is deeply roasted, bringing a complexity of tastes ranging from cocoa to coffee. Serve at about 55 degrees F.
Bock. Bock beers -- once available only in the springtime season -- are sweet and toasty, with a rich mahogany color. Pair them with full-flavored foods, such as barbecue or spicy fare, and serve cold.
Red Lager. The brisk flavor of hops is the center of attraction in red beers. The sharp but short-lived astringency adds a distinctive bite across a wide temperature range, from very cold to cool.
Wheat Ale. Wheat ales are based on centuries-old recipes. They boast a strong, yeasty flavor with hints of fruit, straw, and citrus. Serve them well chilled, with lightly seasoned dishes.
Pale Lager. Whether crisp American-style lagers or bold European lagers are your preference, these most popular brews are prized for their bright and crisp qualities. Serve at temperatures between about 42 degrees F and 48 degrees F.