Beer. What is this thing we love?
Quite simply, Beer is a beverage made with malted cereal grains (which could include barley, wheat, rye, corn or rice, hops and water that is fermented by adding yeast. Alcohol is created by yeast which consumes oxygen and sugar and produces alcohol, carbon dioxide and heat. Alcohol levels can range from 2% Alcohol by Volume (ABV) to a whopping 15% ABV for Barley Wines. This description does not quite do justice to beer. In fact, beer is a very complex drink that can take on thousands of interpretations. Categorizing beer can sometimes be difficult for most of us
There are two main types of beer: Ales and Lagers

• Are fermented at warmer temperatures for 3-4 days
• Are said to be top fermenting (yeast rises to the top)
• Generally have fruitier aromas and more robust flavours
 • Should be served warmer (anywhere from 7°C to 14°C)
• Should be served in open mouthed glasses to allow the aromas to be appreciated more readily
• Should be served with more full flavoured foods  

• Are fermented at cooler temperatures for 7-10 days
• Are said to be bottom fermenting (yeast drops to bottom)
• Generally are lighter and more thirst quenching
• Should be served colder (anywhere from 2°C to 7°C)
• Should be served in tall, narrower glasses to concentrate the aromas at the top
• Should be served with lighter tasting foods

Within these two main types, you can find at least 65 different beer styles. It is the individual brewer or brewery which decides how each of these styles will be interpreted. While brewing is both art and science, it is the creativity of each brewer which brings life to beer. A helpful hint in determining those types of beer is by its colour. The chart will help you determine the various types.

CLICK HERE to view beer styles and descriptions

CLICK HERE to view Brewers Association 2009 Beer Style Guidelines

CLICK HERE to view Brewers Association Beer & Food Pairing Guide
Keg Sizes & Capacity

1/2 Keg 1/4 Short 1/4 Slim 1/6
Gallons/Oz. 15.5/1984 7.75/992 7.75/992 5.23/640
Cases 6.8 3.44 3.44 2.2
12 oz. Beers 165 82 82 53
Height 23.3" 14.8" 23/3' 23.3'
Diameter 17" 17" 11" 9.25"
Weight/Full 161 lbs. 84 lbs. 82 lbs. 56 lbs.

Alcohol can affect each person in a different way. The way your body reacts to alcohol depends on your gender, how much you weigh, how quickly you drink and whether or not you have eaten. You also need to remember that drinks may contain different amounts of alcohol.

For purposes of the charts below, "one drink" is equal to: 1.5 oz. of 80 proof liquor (Distilled spirits), 12 oz. of regular beer or 5 oz. of table wine.

Females reach a higher BAC level faster than males. A woman should use the female version on the chart that is highlighted in pink.

Pennsylvania has set .08% BAC as the legal limit for a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction. Commercial drivers can be convicted of a DUI nationwide with a BAC level of .04%. You may be convicted of DUI at .05% and above if there is supporting evidence of driving impairment.

The Zero Tolerance Law (Section 3802e of the PA Vehicle Code) lowered the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) for minors (persons under 21) to .02%.

To View the Female BAC Chart,

To View the Male BAC Chart, CLICK HERE