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Did it ever occurre to you that there must be some term that describes the study of beer, similar to how oenology describes the study of wine? Zythology is the study of beer and beer making; it is to beer what ‘oenology’ is to wine. A zythologist is a true beer connoisseur who can share many interesting facts about an immensely complex and sophisticated beverage, its ingredients, and the roles they play in the brewing process. He is a sort of certified beer sommelier. Someone who not only loves to taste and drink beer, but also someone who devotes hours, days, weeks…of their life to the study of the wonderful world of beer. The ingredients, the brewing process, tastes and aroma’s are all of great interest to a zythologist.However, if you are not a beer expert, but you do love beer.. like a lot, feel free to call yourself a Zythophile – a person who loves beer.
The art of pairing a certain dish with a certain beer or beer style. This requires a decent knowledge of beers and beer styles. Here is some information to get you started:
There aren’t many hard rules when it comes to making beer and food pairings as there aren’t many flavors that clash with beer. That being said, if you want to get the most out of your beer pairing and enhance the flavor of the food on your bar’s menu, try to keep these guidelines in mind:
These are only general pairing ideas, so if you want to create new and unique beer and food pairings, you’ll need to fully understand the flavor profiles of each type of beer.
Identifying the different flavors in beer in order to use these flavors when pairing with food. Beer tasting should mostly be about fun. But it’s also good to learn something from the experience. Sample and discuss what you see, smell and taste. Here is some tips for the beginners:
The two most important factors to consider are as follows:
As a general rule, you arrange the beers from lowest to highest alcohol percentage. Now look closely at the flavour intensity. Then you want to look at colour and hoppiness. Light before dark, light hopped before heavenly hopped and so on. It might be also that a beer with a lower percentage has an intensely strong flavour from the addition of herbs, for example. If a beer has a strong flavour intensity, move it up a spot.
If you know how the beer is brewed, you might have a good hunch about what to expect, knowing where certain flavors come from, and being able to identify brewing defects.
Knowing how to serve beer the correct way. Certain beers may require special handling. For example, a beer without foam is a beer that has been on the counter for too long. Some tips: