A Taxonomy Of Beers

There are dozens upon dozens of different styles of beer out there, from pale ales to stouts to lagers — and those are just a few.

Being that there are so many styles, and so many exceptions to the rules, it’s incredibly difficult to get to know them all. Knowing your favorites, however, will make drinking them a lot more enjoyable.

Below is a taxonomy of most major beer styles to help you put your favorite cold ones into context.