At Stage Stop Liquors…

We. Love. Beer.

It’s a great time to be a beer-lover in America. From the rise of craft beer to your good ole American classics, beer drinkers have never had so many options to choose from. The Brewers Association lists well over 100 different styles of beer, but divides them up into three main styles:

Stage Stop carries a large variety, from craft beers to domestics and imports, and new selections being added regularly.

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Ales

Ales are top-fermenting beers, where the yeast rises to the surface of the fermenting wort and fermentation is carried out at traditionally higher temperatures. Ales tend to be darker and cloudier in appearance with stronger, more full-bodied flavor and notes of fruit or spice.

Different types of ales include:

Blonde / Golden

  • Considered by some as the “gateway to craft beer”, blondes and goldens are smooth and light and can have notes of honey, spices and fruit
    Blondes & Goldens we carry include: Laughing Sun – I <3 ND, Kona – Big Wave, Squatters – Golden Ale

Pale / India Pale Ale (IPA)

  • Golden to amber colored with balanced hops & malt flavor
    Pale Ales we carry include: Sierra Nevada – Pale Ale, Summit – Extra Pale Ale & Meadowlark Badlands
  • India Pale Ales are more hoppy (with double IPA’s being even hoppier); IPA’s tend to be more bitter but bold and full of flavor, often with notes of citrus and tropical flavors
    IPA’s we carry include: Surly – Furious IPA, Surly – Axe Man, Surly – Overrated , Sierra Nevada – Hazy Little Thing IPA, Sierra Nevada – Torpedo, Sierra Nevada – Tropical Torpedo, Boulder – Due East, Odell – IPA, Bells – Two Hearted Ale, Deschutes – Fresh IPA, New Belgium – Voodoo Ranger IPA, Elysian – Space Dust IPA, Lift Bridge – Hop Dish IPA, Lagunitas – IPA, Goose Island – IPA, Laughing Sun – Feast Like a Sultan IPA, Red Lodge – Bent Nail IPA, Uinta – Grapefruit Hop Nosh IPA, Uinta – Tangerine Hop Nosh IPA, Bitter Root – IPA, Nebraska – IPA, Bent Paddle – Golden IPA, Samuel Adams – Rebel Anytime IPA, Squatters – Double IPA, Sierra Nevada – Hop Bullet

     

Bitter

  • Gold to copper in color, light and mild with balanced hops & malt; often fruity, nutty or toasty in flavor – similar to pale ales (more traditional to England)
    Bitters we carry include: Bent Paddle – 14° ESB 

Amber

  • Copper to light brown in color, light to medium in body and brewed with amber malt; balanced between malts & hops, often infused with chocolate, caramel & toasty malts
    Amber Ales we carry include: New Belgium – Fat Tire, Odell – 90 Shilling

Altbier

  • Longstanding German tradition from Rhineland – similar to an amber, but made with a unique blend of malts, yeast and hops and extended conditioning that leaves a dry yet smooth and clean malty flavor; amber to dark brown in color, crisp and clean-tasting with full body
    Altbiers we carry include: Alaskan – Amber

Red

  • Made with specialty roasted malts – gives sweeter, toasty or caramel flavor
    Red Ales we carry include: Gray’s – Busted Knuckle Irish, Lakefront – Fixed Gear 

Brown

  • Dark amber to brown in color and tend to be more malty and rich with nutty, caramel or chocolate flavors
    Brown Ales we carry include: Lift Bridge – Fireside Flannel, Big Sky – Moose Drool, Bitter Root – Barley Ridge Nut Brown, Nebraska – Brunette Nut Brown Ale

Black

  • Made with caramel & dark roasted malts but balanced with hops (typically citrus) – often caramel, chocolate or coffee flavors

Strong / Barleywine

  • Tend to be malty (typically barley) and have higher alcohol content; often sweeter with some fruitiness
  • Barleywines tend to be more bitter and complex with caramel, honey, molasses or toffee flavor
    Strong Ales we carry include: Laughing Sun – Sinister Pear, Arrogant Consortia – Arrogant Bastard Ale, Big Sky – Powder Hound, Schell’s – Snowstorm

Porter

  • Dark, dry, sweet and fruity; brewed with malted barley
    Porters we carry include: Founders – Porter, Boulder Beer – Shake Chocolate Porter, Deschutes – Black Butte Porter, Breckenridge – Vanilla Porter, Goose Island – Parka Porter, Empyrean – Long Route Peanut Butter Porter, Gray’s – Bully Porter, Wasatch – Polygamy Porter

Stout

  • Made with unmalted roasted barley, stouts are dark and less sweet than a porter with higher alcohol content and a coffee flavor 
    Stouts we carry include: Gray’s – Oatmeal Stout, Guinness

Trappist – Dubbels / Tripels / Quadrupels

  • Traditionally Belgian – these beers have been brewed for centuries at Christian monasteries in Belgium (but now include select other monasteries from other places around the world). True Trappists are top-fermented & aged inside an approved monastery, overseen by monks, and brewed not for profit but support of the monastery.
  • Dubbel – strong, rich amber to copper in color and made using candi sugar, giving it a toasty caramel, chocolate or nutty flavor
  • Tripel – made using Pilsner malt; golden, cloudy and hoppier with a higher alcohol content and often a citrus flavor
  • Quadrupel – golden/amber to dark brown in color, heavy, maltier, and yeasty with the highest alcohol content; often dark fruity to molasses or bready and peppery in flavor

Abbey

  • Brewed in the style of Trappist beer, but not by an approved monastery

Witbiers

  • Traditionally Belgian – Unfiltered, pale, cloudy & crisp – made with wheat or oats & spiced with coriander orange peel or other spices/herbs
    Witbiers we carry include: Alaskan – White, Shock Top – Belgian White

Weisse (Weizen / Hefeweizen)

  • German style of wheat beer made with pale wheat and barley malts, at least 50% of which must be malted wheat; unfiltered, light & carbonated, often with notes of clove, banana, bubblegum or vanilla; pale to golden in color
    Weisse beers we carry include: Bayern – Dragon’s Breath, Wasatch – Apricot Hefeweizen, Nebraska – EOS Hefeweizen, Meadowlark – Treasure State

Saisons

  • Traditionally Belgian – light, golden orange and highly carbonated with citrus & fruity hop flavor, made with Saison yeast that gives it a uniquely spiced flavor
    Saisons we carry include: Lift Bridge – Farm Girl Saison

Sours

  • Made with wild bacteria and yeasts; the bacteria turns sugars into acid to give sours their unique sour or tart taste; vary widely in flavor
    Sours we carry include: Laughing Sun – Red Dwarf

Gose

  • German sour wheat ale that is most unique for being brewed with salt. Gose is brewed with at least 50% malted wheat with the addition of herbs (commonly coriander or cilantro), and salt; spicy or lemony in flavor

Lambics

    • Traditionally Belgian – Sour with mild carbonation and cloudy appearance, often fermented with fruits. Made by spontaneous fermentation method in open vats with wild yeast & bacteria – stored in barrels and aged for up to several years during fermentation.

 

LAGERS

Lagers are bottom-fermenting beers, where the yeast strains that are used work effectively at lower temperatures and ferment more slowly and less vigorously. Yeast precipitates to the bottom of the vessel early in its life cycle. Lagers tend to be lighter and clearer in appearance with a smoother, crisper and refreshing flavor. They are the most commercialized beers in America (Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc.).

Different types of lagers include:

Pilseners

  • Bohemian lager brewed with pilsner malts and Saaz or Noble hops; tend to have a little more spicy or hoppy flavor; light straw to golden in color with crisp, clean refreshing flavor
    Pilseners we carry include: Summit – Dakota Soul, Lakefront – New Grist, Meadowlark – Badlands

American-Style Lagers
  • Straw to gold in color, light, clean, crisp & highly carbonated; often made with corn, rice, or other grain or sugar adjuncts
    American-Style Lagers we carry include: Founders – Solid Gold, Kona – Longboard, Samuel Adams – Boston Lager, Coors – Banquet, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Budweiser

Helles

  • German pale lager that is similar to a pilsner but more full-bodied, malty and bready; golden in color with sweetness that is balanced by spice and bitterness of the hops

Ambers

  • Medium-bodied with caramel or toasty malt flavor; ambers include Dortmunder, Vienna, Marzen & Oktoberfest styles

Dortmunder

  • Crisp and malty German lager that comes as a cross between a Helles and German Pilsner; deep golden in color and can include caramel, biscuit or toffee flavor
  • Vienna
    • Austrian lager brewed with Vienna malt, made using hot-air kilning process and lager yeast. Reddish amber in color with crisp, toasty flavor and caramel sweetness

Marzen

  • Similar to a Vienna lager but made using malt kilned to a higher degree; less hoppy and slightly sweeter than a Vienna; reddish amber in color and slightly bready, toasty and perhaps caramel in flavor

Oktoberfest

  • The style currently served in Munich, Germany during Oktoberfest is a pale, Vienna-style lager similar to a Dortmunder; golden in color
  • In America, Oktoberfest is a Marzen, the style that was originally served in the early years after Oktoberfest was first founded in Germany in 1810; amber in color and sweet in flavor – brewed with Munich & caramel malts
    Stage Stop carries Oktoberfest varieties seasonally

Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

  • German tradition dating back to the middle ages – unfiltered and smooth with balance between yeast, hops & malts; unique for being unpasteurized and conditioned in an oak cask that is open to the environment – often served directly from the cask
  • Kellerbier (cellar beer – brewed at cooler temperatures) tends to be hoppier and aged longer than Zwickelbier; Zwickelbier tends to be darker and weaker

Dunkel / Dark

  • Amber to dark reddish brown and made with dark roasted malts for a rich malty flavor, often with notes of bread, nuts or chocolate

Rauchbier

  • Smoky-flavored lager made with malt smoked directly over a fire (often beechwood)

Bocks

  • German beer that is strong, smooth and malty; brewed with pale malt and extensively lagered (kept in cold storage); usually dark amber to dark brown in color with higher alcohol content
  • Doppelbock – stronger version of the bock, originally made by monks in Munich; have a toasted bread flavor and copper to dark brown in color
  • Helles Bock / Maibock – lighter in color and more hoppy than a bock with lightly toasted or bready flavor
  • Eisbock – strongest of the bocks, made by chilling a doppelbock to the point that ice forms and then removing the ice – leaving a higher alcohol content and more concentrated flavors; reddish copper to dark brown and malty with toast, caramel or chocolate flavor and dark fruit esters
    Bocks we carry include: Bayern – Bakken Bock, Rogue – Dead Guy Ale, Shiner – Bock

Light

  • Traditionally American and lower in calories and carbohydrates; light in color and flavor and dry; made with high amounts of adjuncts like corn or rice to lighten the beer
    Light beers we carry include: Coors Light, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Michelob Ultra, Keystone Light, Busch Light

Ice

  • Pale lager that has undergone some degree of fractional freezing during production, giving it a slightly higher alcohol content and a cheaper price
    Ice beers we carry include Natural Ice & Bud Ice

Malt

  • Sweet lager brewed with little fermentation and low alcohol content

 

HYBRID OR MIXED-STYLE LAGERS OR ALES

The hybrid or mixed-style category include beers that can be made as either an ale or a lager (or have properties of both) and have unique characteristics.

Different types of hybrid/mixed-style lagers or ales include:

Kolsch

  • Light, pale & easy-drinking beer with properties of both an ale and a lager – fermented with ale yeast but finished in cold temperatures like a lager; often with notes of fruit

Cream Ale

  • Similar to a Kolsch – cold fermented ale that is light bodied and lightened with adjuncts like rice, wheat or corn; in contrast to the name, it is not “creamy” but light and pale

Sessions

  • Beer that is low in alcohol content and can be drank in large quantities with less intoxication; maximum of 5% ABV and easy drinkability with balanced malts & hops
    Session beers we carry include: Surly – Xtra-Citra Pale Ale, Founders – All Day IPA, Golden Road – Wolf Pup Session IPA

Wheat Beers (American)

  • Beer made with at least 50% wheat and fermented with either ale or lager yeast; can range from light to dark and lightly hazy to cloudy, depending if they are bottled with yeast or not; often have notes of fruit, flowers or spice, though dark versions may have chocolate, caramel, toffee or biscuit flavor
    American Wheat beers we carry include: Goose Island – 312

Fruit Beers

  • Beer made with fruit added as an adjunct or for flavor; can be an ale or lager
    Fruit beers we carry include: Golden Road – Palisades Pineapple, Golden Road – Pineapple Cart, Golden Road – Mango Cart, Golden Road – Melon Cart, Leinenkugel’s – Berry Shandy, Leinenkugel’s – Grapefruit Shandy

Coffee Beer

  • Beer that incorporates coffee in any form with methods ranging from adding coffee grounds during fermentation or adding cold-brew coffee after the beer is finished
    Coffee beers we carry include: Surly – Coffee Bender

Herb/Spice Beer

  • Beer that is flavored from roots, seeds, flowers, vegetables or fruit; clear to hazy and exhibit a spicy and/or herbal character

Chocolate/Cocoa Beer

  • Beer made with dark chocolate or cocoa in any form
    Chocolate beers we carry include: Boulder Beer – Shake Chocolate Porter

Honey

  • Beer made with honey as a fermentable sugar

Rye

  • Beer brewed with rye as part of the malt; light gold to copper or dark brown and hazy to cloudy; darker ryes may have chocolate or caramel flavor, while lighter versions have tones of banana and clove
    Rye beers we carry include: Meadowlark – Ole Gus Scotch Rye

Brett

  • Beer brewed with a type of wild yeast called Brettanomyces that gives it a tart and uniquely “horsey”, “goaty” or leathery flavor along with notes of spice or fruit; vary widely in color with darker versions having a roasted malt, chocolate or caramel flavor; unlike Lambics, Bretts do not incorporate bacteria in the brewing process

Hop Beer

  • Beer brewed with freshly harvested hops; have a prominent fresh hop flavor reminiscent of green grass or fresh-mowed hay or grass
Aged Beer

  • Beer that has been aged for more than one year in bottles, cans, kegs or other non-wooden vessels; often takes on a fruity or sherry-like flavor that is balanced

Wood & Barrel-Aged

  • Beer that is aged in a wooden barrel or in contact with wood; beer takes on unique attributes of the wood or liquids previously stored in contact with the wood (used whiskey, wine, port, tequila, rum or sherry barrels, etc.)

Smoke Beer

  • Any style of beer that incorporates smoke

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