It takes only a glance at any beer store fridge to know that we are in a golden age of beer, and in particular one ruled by an ever-widening lineup of craft brews. But the dizzying array of hops, malts, and beer styles – and some fairly common misconceptions – can make this world a forbidding place to explore. In truth, though, a little guidance is all that's needed to learn which beers get better with age, the correct way to pour a pint, and what subtle factors will improve – or spoil – your precious draft. Here are the most important ones to get you started.
Joshua Bernstein is author of 'The Complete Beer Course,' a guide to navigating today's vast world of craft beer culture.