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Beer 101: A Basic Guide to Beer

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Oktoberfest beers

Because this is Oktoberfest, it was only appropriate that we mention Oktoberfest beer. It is brewed once every year for the fall celebration and must adhere to three criteria: it must abide by the Purity Law, be around six percent ABV and be brewed by a Munich brewery within the city limits of Munich, Germany.

Festival beer brewed elsewhere is, of course, not brewed in Munich and the colors range from pale yellow to a deep amber.

Obviously this list is over-simplified and straight to the point. Brewers are constantly breaking the limits of beer categories. To get a proper understanding of beer styles and where they fit, have a chat with a beer cicerone, a.k.a. a beer expert.   

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