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Your Complete Beer Guide

Each year, millions of people across Canada sit down to enjoy a cold beer at their local restaurant or pub. Like most restaurants, your business profits significantly from being able to offer a wide range of quality beer products.

But how much do you know about beer? Let’s take a deeper look at the different kinds of beers, and what makes them special.

The beer categories

Every beer is either a lager or an ale. Whether it’s one or the other is determined by the type of yeast used during fermentation. For example, lagers are made with yeast that ferments at the bottom of the beer mixture while ales are made with yeasts that ferment at the top. 

Top-fermenting beers

During top fermentation, the yeast used in the production of ales ferments throughout the beer and settles directly at the top of the liquid. This yeast has a higher alcohol tolerance and ferments at warmer temperatures compared with the yeast used to make lagers.

The following are top-fermenting beers:

• Brown ales
• Pale ales
• Porters
• Stouts
• Wheat beers

Bottom-fermenting beers

Yeast used during the production of bottom-fermenting lagers is fragile and needs to ferment slowly and at cooler temperatures than the yeast used to make ales. 

Examples of bottom-fermenting beers include:

• Dark lagers
• Pale ales
• Pilsners

How to store beer

Use the following tips to ensure beer stored in your restaurant maintains its quality:

Avoid direct sunlight

When possible, beer should be stored in an area with no direct sunlight. The light can interact with the product, causing it to develop a foul taste. Some restaurants now tint the windows in storage areas to block the it from intense sunlight.

Maintain stable temperatures

The environment in which the beer is stored should have stable temperatures. Rapid changes between hot and cold can alter the taste of the product.

Avoid storing the beer in kitchen areas where it can be exposed to high levels of heat for long periods of time. Remember to consult with your beer supplier to determine the best storage temperature for your beers.

Store corked beers horizontally

Many high-end manufacturers now bottle beers in corked bottles. If your restaurant serves corked beers, ensure that they are stored horizontally. This can help you avoid issues with the cork drying out and splitting.

Discover the latest Zanduco products

Zanduco Restaurant Equipment & Supplies can help you find quality, reliable storage for your beer products. One of the top options from our catalogue is the Zanduco 49" Heavy Duty Glass Door Bottle Cooler, which combines a stainless-steel interior with a stainless-steel countertop to support storage safety. 

We also offer a complete range of serving products. Consider, for example, the 60 oz Conic Jug 6/case P 55102, which is designed to assure the perfect pour every time.

Ready to learn more about your beer equipment options? Contact our equipment experts today for more information.