6 craft beer terms every beer geek should know
Hangar 24 mixed with GRB Valentin at Golden Road Brewery in Los Angeles. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times) Even if you haven’t yet fallen into the craft beer rabbit hole — a warren of minutia and terminology that can make even a brewer’s head spin — it’s helpful to get a grasp on some of the more common terms that beer writers and beer geeks use to discuss the beverage that enthralls them.
Here’s a selection of six terms that we’ve seen tossed around in beer reviews and at events without much explanation. Though there won’t be a test on the vocab, we’d recommend studying up anyway; it’s a great excuse to sit down with a pint or two.
Wort – It all starts with wort (pronounced, depending on who you ask, like “wert”). Wort is the sweet liquid that brewers create by steeping malted barley in hot water and boiling the resulting liquid with hops. It becomes beer once the yeast is added and fermentation takes place.
Example beer: Everything that’s called beer starts off as wort, so this is an easy one: whatever’s in your glass!
Specific Gravity – The measure of density of a liquid, […]