Color Inspiration from Ales, Lagers & Stouts: Beer!

Color Inspiration from Ales, Lagers & Stouts: Beer!


Beer is the world's oldest and most popular alcoholic beverage. It is produced by the fermentation of sugars derived from starch-based material—the most common being malted barley; however wheat, corn, and rice are also widely used, usually in conjunction with the barley.

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We chose several beers of different types and found colors that were warm browns and golden yellows, even some amber reds and oranges... while even serving some deep, rich browns in the darker beers.

 

Ale

Ale is a type of beer brewed from barley malt with a top-fermenting brewers yeast that ferments quickly, giving a sweet, full body and a fruity, and sometimes butter-like, taste. Most ale contains some herb or spice, usually hops, which imparts a bitter, herbal flavor which balances the malt sweetness. As an appellative ale means any top-fermented beverage made from malt. Many types of ale inclue pale ale, brown ale, dark ale, Belgian ale, German ale, and cream ale.

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India Pale Ale 

India Pale Ale

India Pale Ale is a distinct style of beer and is characterized as a sparkling pale ale with a high level of alcohol and hops; the hops lending it a distinct bitterness.

IPA

 

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Newcastle Brown Ale 

Newcastle Brown Ale

In Newcastle, the beer is often called 'Dog' (or simply 'Broon'). The 'Dog' name comes from the euphemism "I'm going to walk the dog" or "I'm going to see a man about a dog" - meaning "I'm going to the pub" - and was further popularised by a 1980s advertising campaign. In southern parts of the country it is often referred to as "Newkie Brown".

Newcastle Brown Ale

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Leffe Abbey Beer 

Leffe

Leffe is a Belgian brand of Abbey beer. Leffe beers are marketed as premium ales. They are now brewed in large quantities and are widely available. Abbey beers are brewed by commercial brewers, and licence their name from abbeys, some defunct, some still operating. Unlike Trappist beers, Abbey beers are not brewed under the control of the monks of the abbey. Unlike other categories of beer, Abbey beers are not classified by one particular type, but rather encompass several styles of brewing and types.

Leffe Abbey Beer

 

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Kölsch 

Kölsch

Kölsch is a speciality beer brewed in Cologne, Germany. It is a clear beer with a bright straw yellow hue, and it has a prominent, but not extreme, hoppiness. It is less bitter than the standard German lager beer, Pils. Kölsch yeast is often confused with a bottom-fermenting lager yeast because of its relatively low fermentation temperature. Although Kölsch ferments colder than most ales, its yeast is definitely an ale strain.

Kölsch

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Sleeman's Amber Ale 

Sleeman Amber Ale

Inspired by one of the Sleeman family's earliest known recipes,
Sleeman Amber Ale is the newest addition to the Sleeman family. Sleeman Breweries Ltd. operates in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The company has been brewing beer since August 17, 1988, but the history of Sleeman beer goes back to 1834 when John H. Sleeman established himself as a brewer and malter, but the company ceased operations by 1933. The company's current products are based on the family's original recipes.

Sleeman's Amber Ale

 

Lager

Lager beer, which was first brewed in Germany some 500 years ago, has since become one of the most popular types of beer in the world. The word Lager comes from German and means "to store". Traditionally, the beer is stored in barrels for several weeks or longer before being served. Lager is also a general name that includes several variations or styles, such as Pilsner, Vienna and Märzen.

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Brooklyn Brewery Lager 

Brooklyn Brewery

Started in 1987 by former Associated Press correspondent Steve Hindy and former Chemical Bank lending officer Tom Potter after Hindy learned to brew beer during a six year stay in various Middle Eastern nations such as Saudi Arabia and Syria, where possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages were forbidden. Upon his return to his home to Brooklyn in 1984, he and Potter, his downstairs neighbor, quit their jobs and founded the brewery. Converting a matzo ball factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, they have since expanded and have twenty-five active beers on the market.

Brooklyn Lager

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Heineken in a Glass 

Heineken

Heineken International is a Dutch brewing company, founded in 1864 by Gerard Adriaan Heineken in Amsterdam. It brews and sells more than 170 international premium, regional, local and specialty beers, including Cruzcampo, Tiger, Żywiec, Starobrno, Zagorka, Birra Moretti, Ochota, Murphy’s, Star and of course Heineken Pilsener. Heineken claims that the original Heineken recipe has not changed since the beer was first produced nearly 150 years ago.

Heineken

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Pilsner Urquell 

Pilsner Urquell

Pilsner Urquell is a bottom-fermenting beer produced since 1842 in Pilsen, in the now Czech Republic. Pilsner Urquell is somewhat heavier (with an almost ale-like fruitiness in the malt body) and more strongly hopped than most so-called pilseners. Saaz hops, a noble hop variety, are a key element in its flavour profile.

Pilsner Urquell

 

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Stella Artois 

Stella Artois

Stella Artois is a 5.2% ABV global lager first brewed in Leuven, Belgium in 1366 as a Christmas brew, and named Stella after the Latin for "star." Although Belgium is best known internationally for its ales, it is the common bottom-fermented pilsner lager, such as Stella Artois, which heads the lists of domestic consumption and exports. Often called “table beers” are classified by their bottom-fermented method. The pilsners make up almost 75 percent of Belgian beer production, with Stella Artois as the best-known brand internationally.

Stella Artois

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St. Pauli Girl 

St. Pauli Girl

St. Pauli Girl beers are brewed and bottled by the St. Pauli Brauerei, which is located within the Beck's brewery in Bremen, Germany. The brand derives its name from the fact that the original brewery was built upon St Paul's Monastery. However, the name choice also seems to be an allusion to Hamburg's famous red light district, St. Pauli, which is somewhat reflected in the advertising slogans. There are currently three brands of beer brewed: St. Pauli Girl Lager, St. Pauli Girl Special Dark and St. Pauli Non-Alcoholic Malt Beverage.

St. Pauli Girl

 

Stout and Porter

Stout and porter are dark beers made using roasted malts or roast barley. There are a number of variations including Baltic porter, dry stout, and Imperial stout. The name Porter was first used in 1721 to describe a dark beer popular with street and river porters of London that had been made with roasted malts. This same beer later also became known as stout, though the word stout had been used as early as 1677. The history and development of stout and porter are intertwined.

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Guinness Draught 

Guinness

A dry stout that originated in Arthur Guinness's St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland. The beer is based upon the porter style that originated in London in the early 1700s. It is one of the most successful beer brands in the world, being exported world wide. The distinctive feature in the flavour is the roasted barley which remains unfermented. The thick creamy head is the result of a nitrogen mix being added during the serving process. It is extremely popular with the Irish and is the best selling alcoholic drink of all time in Ireland, where Guinness & Co. makes almost €2billion annually.

Guinness Draught

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Murphy's Irish Stout 

Murphy's Irish Stout

With a history dating from 1856, Murphy's Irish Stout encompasses the brewing techniques of the famous Cork brewery. Two world wars, the Irish civil war, and many decades later, Murphy's is now consumed in over 70 countries worldwide. In 2002, It was awarded the gold medal at the International Beer Olympics in Brighton, proving that today Murphy's Irish Stout is truly world-renowned.

Murphy's Irish Stout

 

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out of bounds stout 

Out of Bounds Stout

This big, roasty stout takes flavor to the extreme. Avery Brewery isn't afraid to use plenty of rich roasted barley and a mountain of hops to give this full-bodied stout that little extra something beer enthusiasts seek.

Out of Bounds

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ABC Stout 

ABC Stout

A one-time regional brewery in Southern California, the Aztec Brewing Company (Aztec Brewery) holds the unique distinction of being the only brewing company ever to move from Mexico to the United States. Some of their early beers came in cone shaped cans with metal caps.

ABC Stout

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Goose Island Oatmeal Stout 

Goose Island Oatmeal Stout

Goose Island opened its Chicago doors in 1988, when domestic, mass-produced beer was ingrained deeply in midwestern culture. An aromatic blend of oats, chocolate and roast malts, enhances this classic Oatmeal Stout. Encompassing award-winning flavor, a rich black over ruby hue and a creamy tan head, this stout is memorable and enduring. All in all, a truly drinkable brew.

Goose Island Stout

 

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Show Us Your Local Brew

We chose just a handful of beers to showcase, but there are tons of great breweries in every corner of the world... so create a palette based on your favorite beer and share with us your Beer COLOURlove.


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retsof

This palette was grabbed from a withdrawn Heineken lager ad. 3 Wise men with puzzled looks on their faces were standing around a manger with a star overhead.

It's A Girl!?!?!

The link to a BBC report about the ad is in the palette.

lalindsey

Yay! I created this palette yesterday after remembering the days when I wasn't pregnant and could drink my favorite liquor - tequila, more specifically Jose Cuervo!

Tequila

13 weeks left!

lalindsey

Is there some specific code to post the palette in the comments? I pasted the code given on the palette page, but doesn't show?

*Edit* We have a bug with the blog comments not displaying the palette badges, but we're working on it. I fixed the badge for your comment. -CL

liddle_r

I know we have a lot of cool micro brews here in town. But, alas, I am not a beer drinker. So, I probably couldn't do them justice!

criminalgrace

A palette inspired by my favorite brew:

Wachusett Blueberry

VQP

I'm thirsty now !

lizcrimson

me, too. brb..... okay. red stripe in hand. nothing local. i like my beer jamaican or irish. here goes:

red stripe

frozen beer

beer sampler pack

a beer for you

liddle_r

Ok... Well, many years ago my gf would drag me to beer bars sometimes and this was the only beer I could faintly tolerate.

Widmer Hefeweizen

trevorshaffer

interesting post great array of colors ... just wondering why did u choose the goose island? thats my hometown beer .. don't see others representing it too much ... fellow Chicagoan?

ruecian

@trevorshaffer: No, I live outside of New York City. Just thought it was an interesting choice.

despise

I just tried to make a palette for one of my only favorite beers, Troegenator, but the palette monster apparently ate all the colours from it

despise

Troegenator

Not my original palette but I think it's close enough. Up later today yuengling

groutboy

Well, these ain't local...

But Omaha, Nebraska has some great beer. Notably the Upstream Brewing company in the Old Market district. Great food too. If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend it!

Anyway, 2 beers:

Dos Equis Amber

Guinness

Beer =

despise

Yuengling Porter

and here's the Yuengling

snowwhitetan

the only beer I really like is cherry beer, so here goes...

kriek

entitydesigns

Here are a few of my favorite brews I did awhile back (based on the logos or labels of the beers):
Hefe Weizen
Heineken Light
MGD

And while your at your favorite pub why not play a game of darts:

Dartboard

Lulu 05

uhhh how could this beer have gotten overlooked?

Pabst Blue Ribbon

it's a great daytime beer, a good doing hard work and drinking beer.

consonant

How come I forgot to digg this?

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