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Dark vs Light Beer

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Whether you are new to beer or you have been drinking beer for years, you can admit that there are a lot of different types of beer out there. There are IPAs, pale ales, amber ales, stouts, and the list goes on and on. For help learning which of these beers are dark and which of these beers are light, as well as the differences between the two, keep reading.
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The most obvious difference between light and dark beer is, of course, the color. Light beer is either straw, gold, or light amber in color, while dark beer is more dark amber, brown, or even black. There are many factors that play a role in the color of a beer, including the roasting process, the ingredients, and the fermentation process.

In order to make beer, you need four things: grains, yeast, hops, and water. Depending on the type of beer you’re making, the type of grain can vary from wheat, to oats, to barley, to corn, to rye, to rice. One of the reasons dark beers are dark in color is because they use more barley than light beers. Dark beers are also more complex in flavor and tend to have added ingredients like nuts, caramel, chocolate, and coffee.

Meanwhile, lighter beers use less barley and more hops. Hops are roasted in short increments and at low temperatures, which is why they’re so much lighter in color. Light beer also tends to have refreshing, delicate flavors, as opposed to more heavy flavors. Ingredients like flowers and fruit are used to brew light beer.

Whether you like light beer, dark beer, or both, you can enjoy a variety of beers at Ed’s Tavern. We have a draft menu, bottles, cans, and flights for you to order. Consider trying the 3 Daughters Beach Blonde Ale if you want something light. This brew has just enough hops to balance the malty sweetness and hint of citrus. If dark beers are more your style, you’ll love the Irish dry stout Guinness.

To try these beers for yourself, head to Ed’s at 10719 Rodeo Dr. in Lakewood Ranch, FL.

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