WINES AND BEERS
Wines: Every bar should have a few bottles of the four primary varieties:
Beer: In order to satisfy a range of tastes, have on hand both an ale (smooth, light) and a lager (hearty, rich). The two primary types of beer are ale and lager.
- Ale is a sweet, full-bodied, and fruity beer made with top-fermenting yeast. Predominantly British and Belgian in origin. Stout is a dark ale made with roasted malt or barley that is usually fuller in flavor. Porter is sometimes used as an alternate name for stout, and it may indicate a stout that is stronger than usual. India pale ale (IPA) is a sparkling ale with a higher level of hops and a bitter flavor. Hefeweizen is an unfiltered wheat ale with a light, crisp, and fruity flavor. It is often served with a slice of lemon or orange to enhance its flavors.
- Lager is German and Czech in origin, with a wide range of flavors. Bock is a strong lager (originally from Einbeck, Germany) that may be dark, amber, or pale in color. Dopplebock is a Bavarian specialty beer that is very rich, with a malty flavor and a higher alcohol content. A pilsner is a pale lager with a light, clear-to-golden-yellow color and a distinct hoppy aroma and flavor.