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How can I tell whether a beer will improve with age?

Most mass-market beers come with expiration dates, and cease to be good for drinking if too much time has passed since they were brewed, even if they've been stored in unopened containers and good ...
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What glasses are meant for which beers and why?

I know there are already one or two questions that touch on specific beers. However, I would like more of a comprehensive list. I would also like to understand why those types of glasses are chosen. ...
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When was the first beer ever brewed?

As far as we know, when did humans first brew beer, and where? Around when would you have been able to get your hands on something resembling a modern lager?
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What temperature should I serve my beer?

In general, what's the best way to work out the temperature at which to serve a particular beer? Room temperature? Cold? Supercold? Warm?
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What is the difference between an ale and a lager?

Apart from coming out of different taps, some ales seem very similar to lagers (although there are clearly a much greater variety of ales). Is there a difference in the way they are made?
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Does beer suffer from being warmed and then rechilled?

I typically prefer my beer only a bit cold, so when I buy a 12-pack from a store's cooler I typically just leave it out. The excess I'll refrigerate at the end of the night, and sometimes repeat the ...
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Will temperature changes cause a beer to “skunk” or otherwise spoil?

In my fraternity days, there was a constant fear of beer (typically kegged but also bottled) getting "skunked" as a result of warming up and cooling down too many times, possibly even once. Do non-...
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Why do I seem to pee out more beer than I drink?

When going out for some beers, after a while, I seem to pee more than the amount of beer I drink. Is that true, and why is that?
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What are the difference between a dubbel and a tripel?

From a question about german beers, the difference between a doppelbock and triple bock seems to be simply about the abv and maltiness. Basically just a stronger version of the "single" bock. Is is ...
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What are the differences between an IPA and its variants?

I know what makes an IPA an IPA, but what are the unique characteristics of it's common variants? To be specific, the ones I'm interested in are Double IPA and Black IPA, but general differences ...
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How is reduced alcoholic beer made?

How is low/no alcohol beer made? I'm assuming that the beer is made normally and the alcohol is then removed, is it any more than just boiling it off? I've noticed that no/low alcohol beers' taste ...
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Do different beer glass shapes really make a difference in taste?

I understand the basic distinction for wine glasses: red wine glasses are shaped to help keep some of the aroma inside the glass, whereas whites don't. But shapes for beer glasses, such as pilsner vs ...
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Why is it important to have foam on a beer?

I've seen people complain when served a beer without foam. Equally, getting a glass full of foam is no use. When serving a beer, how much is the right amount of foam and why is this important?
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What is the strongest drink in the world?

Assuming that it is available through 'normal' outlets - shops, supermarkets, off licenses etc... (in other words legal) What (per unit) is the strongest alcoholic drink in the world? Beers, wines ...
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Is beer dangerous to drink past its “sell by” date?

I have a bud light in a friend's refrigerator that has a date of May 14 2007. I have heard of people drinking beer after the posted date, but does it turn harmful after all these years if I drink it?
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Why would one choose to use Nitro vs CO2 as a beer gas?

Some beers have taste different on Nitro vs CO2. I'm sure there is science behind this. Why choose one over the other?
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Is there a modern wine that is designed to resemble ancient Roman winemaking?

Wine was a cornerstone of ancient Roman cuisine and most Romans (including children and slaves) drank it every single day. In the past 2000 years, both grape cultivars and winemaking itself have ...
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In the United States, is a beer required to state ABV on the bottle/label?

I recently purchased a Dogfish Head World Wide Stout. I bought it on a whim because 1. I was looking for a stout, and 2. I typically enjoy Dogfish Head. Only after I got home and looked it up did I ...
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What is being doubled or tripled in a doublebock/triple bock?

Some beers are classed as "doublebock" and some as "triple bock". Doubles seem to be a little stronger (higher APV) than average and triples seem to be stronger than that, but is that they definition ...
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Are there any beer styles that are served flat?

I thought of this question when I've read the one about mulled beer. I thought heating the beer would make it lose carbonation, but then I've read somewhere that you have to carbonate the mulled beer ...
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What is the German Beer Purity Law?

I see some US beers advertising that they brew according to the "German Beer Purity Law." What is that, and is it still relevant today?
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Does hard liquor keep forever?

I drink mixed drinks infrequently, so it takes me a while to go through a bottle of rum, whisky, or vodka. Thus far I haven't noticed a problem with, say, a two-year-old (opened) bottle of any of ...
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Is there anything I can do short of leaving a glass out on the counter to mitigate overcarbonation?

I recently picked up a bunch of bottles of what seemed like interesting brews from Hitachino, because I was interested in exploring some Japanese beers. Unfortunately, the first two bottles I've ...
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Can beer be recarbonated?

I was perusing a question about uses for flat beer ("Are there any good uses for beer that has sat in my growler for too long?") when I came across an answer that mentioned "any use that doesn't ...
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What to do against hangovers?

Occasionally, I catch myself having a beer or two too much. Which of course can cause hangovers. I was wondering what one can do to prevent this? Or what can be done if it's already too late.
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Is there a modern wine that is designed to resemble Noah's wine?

After seeing this question once again on this site (Is there a modern wine that is designed to resemble ancient Roman winemaking?) sometime back and I became interested in knowing if there is a modern ...
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Germany loves to drink Glühwein (warm wine) in Winter, where else in the world do they practice that?

In Germany it is a tradition to drink warm wine in Winter called Glühwein, especially during the weeks before Christmas. Additional ingredients are (among others) cinnamon, clove, star anise and ...
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How is Lambic fruit beer traditionally made?

There are a few fruit beers around how are these traditionally made? I know they are all Lambics, but how are they made exactly?
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Beer as a conditioner?

So my grandmother told me before they had hair conditioner in the islands (grew up in Cuba) they used beer on their hair and laid out in the sun. She claims the 'froth' is packed with rich nutrients. ...
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Which temperature should be recommended in serving wine?

Every wine has its own temperature of serving so how we will predict the best temperature for serving wine or at which best temperature it should be served?
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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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Which types of beer are commonly used for half-and-half beers?

Which types of beer are commonly used to create half-and-half beers? In frequent recipes are only beers of contrasting colours being used (like pilsener vs porter or pale lager vs stout) or other ...
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Why does Guinness have a special pouring process / bottle, while other stouts do not?

Guinness is sold in bottles and cans with special nitrogen widgets; the taps are specially rigged to have a two-step pouring process; heck, there's even a certificate given to people who learn how to "...
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How does serving temperature affect the taste of beers?

For example, from the label of Uinta's Crooked Line Labyrinth Black Ale: Flavors are enhanced when served cool, not frigid. How does serving temperature affect the taste of beers? By "How?" I'm ...
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What is happening during aging?

IPAs go bad, barley wines improve, and stouts mellow over time. I'm curious though: what's actually happening? What compounds are building up or breaking down? What chemical processes actually ...
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What is the difference between Trappist beer and Abbey Beer?

Abbaye Bier (Abbey Beer) refer to monastic beer brewed by monks. And there is almost Trappist beer brewed by monks but specifically from Trappist monasteries. But what is the difference in terms of ...
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Are there any medicinal uses for beer?

Are there any common medicinal uses for beer? I'm thinking along the lines of how liquor can be used as an antiseptic and less of how red wine can improve your heart health.
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What characteristics are used to distinguish styles of beer from each other? [closed]

There are many styles of beer. It's straightforward to discuss the differences between two types of beer, but what are the characteristics used to distinguish between styles of beer? For each general ...
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Recommended Android app

Do you recommend any specific Android app to keep track of the different beers (and of course different kind of beers) that you have tasted? Someone recommended me Untappd but I may need something ...
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Are there any public APIs that will help determine the legality of a location to get Beer-Wine-Spirits delivered?

Am after APIs that will in real-time help me understand by way of providing such APIs with the following inputs: Store/Location Address/Geocoordinates of the location Customer Address for receiving ...
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Does chocolate stout contain real chocolate?

Various microbreweries make chocolate stout that does indeed, to varying degrees, taste of chocolate. Does it really contain chocolate, and how is chocolate used in the brewing process?
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What other beer brands began as fictional but eventually became real?

Duff is the only one of which I am aware. I know there are Game of Thrones inspired brews, but are there any others that originated from works of fiction?
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What is the highest alcohol content achievable through brewing?

What is the highest level of alcohol you can achieve when brewing beer naturally, without adding alcohol? I know that many strong, popular beers (~10% alcohol) are simply mixed with alcohol, but what ...
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What gives a “smoky” beer a smoked flavor?

I recently started getting interested in smoked beers. Quite a few years back, Shiner had a seasonal called Smokehouse. I didn't care for it. However, I've recently been intrigued by varieties of ...
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How is Light Beer produced?

I was talking to an American friend the other day and he told me they had something called "light" beer. This was to be a light product just as you would find for instance for Coca-Cola or other soda ...
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Is there a site (or app) like Beer Advocate that lets me give just an overall rating?

Beer Advocate used to allow you to give an overall rating for a beer, rather than giving score breakdowns (appearance, smell, mouth feel, etc). They have recently changed this and you can only supply ...
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Are there any beer styles that are best enjoyed hot?

I'm well aware that beer is commonly enjoyed warm in Europe. However, mulled beer aside, are there any beer styles that fare well when enjoyed hot?
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How much actual alcohol is safe to drink per day?

Ok, so I'm 17 and only recently started drinking. I'm experimenting and learning, I'm looking to drink for nothing but pleasure, no exaggerations or excesses. So, you look at a label and you see x% ...
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Does the climate and growing conditions of hops effect the taste of a beer, like with wine?

You will often hear wine discussed in terms of the climate, soil, etc of the vineyard. The terms 'new world' and 'old world' wines are common. Is there a similar concept for the hops used in beer? A ...
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Beer cocktail recommendation

I do not have much options in beer variety and therefore I need some good cocktail of beer with vodka/tequila or some other good choice to make it good for a party. Is there any way to mix things up?

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