7 Beer Trivia Questions You Probably Have, Answered

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We partnered with Goose Island Beer Co. to share quick takes on beer trivia 7 days in a row—and now the answers are all in once place. We’re celebrating their beer all year long, so stay tuned for more recipes, tips, and stories to come.

Beer can be tricky business to decode if you haven’t had much practice—but getting a baseline of knowledge about the subject needn’t be overly fussy. Knowing what glassware to use with what style may be practically de rigeur by now, but other less basic, and equally useful, issues might linger if you’re not sure about them. For instance:

Why does beer look and smell the way that it does? What’s the best way to pour a beer into a glass? Does beer actually age like a wine, and if so, what happens to it during that time?

Over the past week, I shared bits and bobs of beer knowledge that’ll do you well when stuck in a beer bar for the first time, or say, on an awkward date—a series of queries I think make for interesting and intriguing conversation, ones that are important and somewhat go beyond Beer 101.

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These Ingredients Determine the Color of Your Beer
by Justin Kennedy

From pale yellow to jet black, beer can take on many colors, depending what it’s been brewed with. Whether it’s toasty malts, vibrantly-colored berries, or bright citrus—this is what gives a beer its color.

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A Better Way to Pour Beer (It’s All in the Tilt!)
by Justin Kennedy

Is there truly a best way to pour beer into your glass? Why yes, yes there is. And it’s probably at a sharper angle than you think. I detail the technique, and why you should use it, here.

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Does Foam Really Matter When Serving or Pouring Beer?
by Justin Kennedy

You can tell a lot about a beer just from it’s foam. And you definitely want a little topping off your glass when you are pouring and serving, either to yourself or someone else. But why? Right this way.

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Your Favorite Saison? It’s a Farmhouse Ale—Here’s Why
by Justin Kennedy

When is a farmhouse ale a saison?” is an even more accurate question—and having that bit of information down makes you look all the more in-the-know. As for why, read on here.

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The Best Place to Store Dark Beers? Not The Fridge.
by Justin Kennedy

A chilly beer is not necessarily always a good beer—but it depends on the style. What’s best to put in the fridge or leave on the counter? Here’s a good primer on which way to go.

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Can You Age Beer Like Wine? (Short Answer: Yes)
by Justin Kennedy

It’s common knowledge that you can age wine to develop its flavors, but can you do the same for beer? Yes! Some beers take better to aging than others, though, so do a little research before you try your hand at it—here are a few quick facts to start you off.

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The Science-y Reason Your Beer Smells The Way It Does
by Justin Kennedy

If you have one, think of your favorite beer. Does it emit a heady, intoxicating aroma that wafts toward you as you drink it? If so, it has to do with the addition of ingredients like citrus peel, herbs, or spices.

Have a favorite piece of beer trivia that always breaks the ice? Share it with us in the comments below.

We partnered with Goose Island Beer Co. to share quick takes on beer trivia 7 days in a row—and now the answers are all in once place. We’re celebrating their beer all year long, so stay tuned for more recipes, tips, and stories to come.

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