How To Choose the Best Craft Beer

How To Choose the Best Craft Beer
Knowing different type of beers.

Selecting a craft beer might seem like a simple task until someone hands you a menu with over three-dozen choices. Out of all those options, how do you choose the one you’ll savor the most?

These tips on how to choose the best craft beer will help you pick a drink that perfectly suits your tastes.

Know Your Preference

Make sure you know your personal preferences. If you've never tasted a particular beer before, consider qualities you like in food. Do you lean toward fruitier tastes or enjoy nutty flavors? Are you a fan of savory dishes, or are you known for your sweet tooth?

Most menus provide brief descriptions of their beers. If it describes a drink as having a 'rich, nutty taste,' ask yourself—is this a flavor that I like? If it is, give it a try. If not, keep searching.

Learn the Different Types

Familiarizing yourself with the different types of beers can give you a better idea of what you might enjoy. Beers are usually one of two main types: lagers or ales. There's a wide variety of both types, differentiated by their colors, flavors, and aromas.

Ask for Recommendations

If you're wondering how to choose the best craft beer, it's smart to ask others for advice. Don't be afraid to ask the bartender for help. They are highly knowledgeable regarding beer and other alcoholic drinks.

Be as detailed as you can when asking for recommendations. Avoid vague descriptions. Tell them you're looking for something sweeter than average, a beer that's not too bitter or frothy, or something that tastes like coffee. The more specific you are, the better your results, and the more likely it is you’ll find a delicious craft beer.

Asking friends and family for recommendations is also helpful. If you know someone with a palate similar to your own, ask about the beers they like. Chances are you’ll enjoy something they suggest.

Drink With Friends

Drinking with friends is fun, and includes another critical advantage—the more people with you, the more beers you can try. Have a drinking party and order several different types.

Each of you can try something unique and provide feedback to the others. Did the beer suit your preferences? What did it taste like? If you try something that you don’t like, but someone else in your group might enjoy, let them know! They may do the same for you.

Drinking parties are useful for discovering new delicious beers, but don’t forget to drink in moderation.

Remember What You Like and Don’t Like

As you carry on in your search, try and remember what you've already tried. If you despised a strong, hoppy pale ale, don't continue ordering them. Enjoyed the fruity undertones of a Belgian-style beer? Try drinks with a similar flavor.

GOOD MANNERS: Table Settings

More coming soon in this section ...