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Get The Most Out Of Savannah Craft Brew Fest

An Introduction To Various Beer Styles

Welcome to the 6th Annual Savannah Craft Brew Fest presented by Abita Beer. With over 150 beers available for you to sample, there is no way to try them all, so here are some tips to make the most of your festival experience: MAKE A GAME PLAN Pick a theme to organize your tasting choice. • Pick one style of beer and compare samples from various breweries. • Taste a number of bitter beers: Pale Ales, German Pilsners, and India Pale Ales. • Taste a range of sweeter, malty beers: Scottish Ales, German and Czech Dark Beers, Porters and Stouts. • Taste beers of a certain region such as U.S. Pacific Coast beers, or beers from a certain country like Belgium. Regardless of your plan, always remember to pace yourself! HOW TO TASTE BEER LOOK: Raise the beer in front of you and marvel at its greatness before you drink. Note the beer’s color, head and consistency. SMELL: Sniff the beer - note its aroma and bouquet. TASTE: Taste is by far the most subjective and important factor when evaluating a beer. Try a sample and note the beer’s unique flavor. TIPS AND TRICKS • Start your day by sampling beers with a lighter flavor before moving on to heavier beers. • Rinse your glass between samples. Water and rinse buckets will be at each table. • Take notes and grade the beers so you can remember which beers you like and dislike. • Drink plenty of water. • Take some time to eat. There are numerous vendors on-site serving all types of food. • Know your limits and please drink responsibly. • Take a taxi if needed. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

With numerous styles of beer available, it can be easy to get them confused. Here’s a quick look at some more commonly known styles of beer to bring you into the know:

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ALE BEERS showed up in England and the Netherlands around the 15th century. They have a sweet, full bodied and sometimes fruity taste. Ales are brewed from malted barley using a top-fermenting brewers’ yeast and are typically fermented at temperatures between 60 and 75°F. varieties of ales: Brown Ale Beer with a dark amber or brown color with subtle caramel and chocolate flavors. Scotch Ales A strong dark malty ale with toffee notes. India Pale Ales (IPA) Amber to copper in color with hoppy, bitter and sometimes malty flavor. Porter A dark brown beer with a toasty chocolate flavor. Stout Dark, almost black, beer which range from dry to sweet with a toffee espresso profile. Pale Ale A classic ale that is light in color, fruity and usually bitter with a hint of malt.

LAGER BEERS are a family of beers originating from central Europe that are smooth tasting, with less aggressive character, and little to no fruity flavor. Lagers are brewed using bottom-fermenting yeast at lower temperatures and for longer durations than those typically used to brew ales.

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Aromatic, pale lager with a prominent hop character. Dark, almost black, Lager that usually has a full chocolate or coffee flavor. This Beer can be dark, amber, or pale in color. Usually sweet, strong, and refreshing. Dark ruby brown German lager with a smooth malty flavor.

WHEAT BEERS are brewed with a large portion of wheat and typically a significant amount of malted barley, which produces a fresh taste. varieties of wheat: Weissbeir Wheat beer in its traditional unfiltered form. Usually has sediment with a citrus, nutmeg, and clove characteristics. Witbier A barley/wheat, top-fermented beer brewed mainly in Belgium. The taste is only slightly hoppish and is very refreshing in summer. American Wheat Invented by specialty brewers in the United States within the last 25-30 years. These beers display the creativity and diversity of America’s craft brewers. Usually golden to light amber in color with subdued malt character but more assertive hop character than their European counterparts. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

SCBF Rules Breweries are only allowed to pour one two-ounce sample of beer per patron at a time. Patrons must use official festival sampling mugs for tasting. No re-entry allowed. Beer is not available to be purchased and cannot be taken from festival site. Savannah Craft Brew Fest reserves the right to remove anyone who acts in a disorderly manner, violates the festival rules, or endangers the safety of other patrons. Items not allowed on festival property: chairs, backpacks, coolers, animals (except service dogs), food or beverages, glass containers or weapons. No unauthorized vending is permitted.

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