As a beer geek and a wine lover, I am asking for your suggestions.
At my wine tasting club in April, I am leading a tasting entitled "beer for wine lovers." I plan to have eight beers tasted--one each that emphases the major components of beer--malt, hops, yeast and water--and then four that are balanced.
So, my question of you geeks is: can you recommend beers that fall into each of the categories mentioned above (the four ingredients plus the balanced ones?)
Here are some paramenters in making your selections:
1. I prefer that the beer be brewed in the US.
2. The alcohol content should be no more that 10%.
3. I should be able to purchase it locally. Have no fear, there is a beer store near me that has approximately 2000 beers for sale and they can be purchased one bottle at a him. Here is a link to Half Time (which is located in the Hudson River of New York): http://www.halftimebeverage.com/brows...
Some of you may ask how water can be tasted.....the ideal IPA should use water that is high in calcium sulphate (a substance whichs boosts the flavor of hops, making the beer more flavorful and bitter.) If it is not in the water, brewers add sulphate. Come to think of it,maybe I'll have two water tastings--one IPA with sulphate and another without.