Beverages » Beer Styles 101
Do you know the difference between an Ale and a Lager? The answer may surprise you. Let beer geek Paul Schiavone of BostonChefs.com walk you through the beer-making process and learn how all beer styles stem from only two classifications. Discover why each style exhibits a wide array of nuances in flavor and aroma. Finally, do your homework and take your brew curiosity down to your local pub to put your tounge to work, tasting & discovering new pints of delicious suds!
Paul Schiavone runs BostonChefs.com by day, and moonlights as a home beer brewer at night. His initial interest in beer sparked when his father returned from San Francisco with a bottle of Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale. It was like no beer he had ever tried. This was before a broad selection of microbrews from different regions were available to purchase, and Paul decided that if he wanted to drink a beer with that much character, he'd have to learn how to make it himself. His first batch wasn't drinkable (and was used as a punishment beer amongst his brothers during drinking games), but with time, his brewed batches improved. Today, he is experimenting with growing hops in his backyard, has mastered a variety of different beer styles, and even tried his hand at making mead.