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Questions tagged [terminology]

For questions about words, phrases and definitions that are specific to alcoholic beverages.

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Ordering a Drink in Non-Traditional Glassware

I find drinks that are traditionally served in stemmed glasses are difficult to carry (I'm a wheelchair user). What terminology would I use if I wanted to order a drink like a martini or Manhattan ...
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Is there a common name for a “craft” beer brewed by a major brewery?

A fake grassroots organization (one sponsored by an industry but made to look as though it was set up by regular people) is called an "astroturf" group. Is there a similar name for a "craft beer" that'...
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What is the traditional vocabulary to describe the characteristics of beer?

I know there are certain words experts use when they talk about wine. Categories of taste, colour etc. This is of course a matter of creativity and subjectivity, like describing a beer as “chocolaty” ...
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What are requirements for a micropub?

So my question is what are the requirements for micropubs? Are there any specifications on room size, interior, beers, staff? Has anyone got experience in setting up and running a micropub and can ...
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What does “fl. oz” mean?

I have seen the expression "fl. oz" accompanied by a number in a lot of labels of beers. For instance, I have seen "9.4 fl. oz", "12 fl. oz", "11.2 fl. oz"... What do these numbers mean?
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Would Japanese happoshu or third-category beer be considered beer in other countries?

In Japan, beer is classified in three types for taxation purposes: beer (66.6% of more of malt), happoshu ( under 66.6% malt and no added liqueur), third-type beer (contain some added liquerur) Would ...
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What characteristics does Becks have, and what are similar beers?

I haven't been drinking for years. And over the last month, I've been trying a small variety of beers, but they all had a taste I can't put my finger on that I didn't like. I was starting to wonder if ...
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What is the definition of Beer or the Beer “family” of drinks

I was picked up by someone on another SE site (unrelated) when I used the phrase "Some beers, like mead...(blah blah)" - Apparently a mead isn't a beer. I'm good with that in the pedantic sense that ...
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Why is it a Ginger “Beer” and not a Ginger “Cider”?

It seems that Ginger Beer has no barley, no hops, no wort, no malted anything; so why is it a "beer"? Seems like it is closer to a cider.
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Difference between Dark Lager and Black Lager

Is there a difference between Black Lager and Dark Lager, or is it just the name? Since the recipes for Dark/Black Lagers seem to be quite varied, it is hard to tell if there are any majorly ...
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How can canned beer be draft without the widget? (Japan-specific)

Here in Japan, draft beer is called nama (生) beer, or so my boss said. Referencing my previous question, one answer said that draft beer is "pushed using gas, or drawn via a partial vacuum". I get the ...
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What's the difference between normal beer and trappist?

What's the difference between normal beer and trappist? Is there any difference in flavour or brewing style?
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What is a draft beer?

What constitutes a draft beer, and how different is it? I see this term plastered on beer cans, but I have no idea what it means, or how it affects the beer's taste.
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What is 'skunking'?

In some of the questions on this site, I've seen the word 'skunking' thrown around. What does it mean? I'm assuming it's a process that causes beer to go bad, and if so, what causes this process?
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What's the difference between an “export” beer and a regular beer from the same brewer?

In the UK at least, a great many beers are marketed with a regular version and a fancier (more expensive) 'export' version. For example: Carlsberg and Carlsberg 'Export'. Is there any reason why the ...
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What does “all malt” mean?

Pork Slap beer indicates that it's "all malt" in the way that implies an official distinction. What does "all malt" indicate, assuming there's a standard requirement to use the term accurately.
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Why is it called “porter”?

Stouts are stout, Pale Ales use pale malt, but where did the name porter come from?
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What does the term “imperial” represent in beer styles or names? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand what I can assume about an "Imperial Stout" relative to a "Stout," etc. I know anecdotally that they are "heavier," but online sources seem to lack agreement on a specific ...