Guide to Beer Tasting at Local Santa Barbara Breweries

Do you know what to look for when ordering a beer in town?

Beer Tasting Santa Barbara

If not then I’ll try to break it down for you.  If you are a beer aficionado, then leave us your thoughts in the comments below.  I know there are many beer lovers locally that frequent the local Santa Barbara breweries.

There are several characteristics of beer that differentiate each class of beer from the others.  These characteristics make up a profile for the beer that helps group that classify them into various classes of beer that most people recognize when ordering at a local restaurant or when one of the Santa Barbara Breweries.

Many people have seen the habits or routines that wine lovers go through before tasting their wines.  Well, beer lovers and especially brew masters do the same with beer.   When analyzing beers qualities you should pay attention to four areas: aroma, strength, mouthfeel, and aroma.

Beer Aroma

This comes from the ingredients like malt, esters (created during fermentation), alcohol, the power of the hops or other elements that are derived during the processing of the beer which contribute to the overall aroma of a beer.

Beer Strength

This is simply a term that defines the total amount of alcohol present in the beer.  Higher or lower amounts of alcohol contribute to the overall experience.

Beer Mouthfeel

This term is a very distinctive quality of beer that may play the biggest role in how a beer is categorized.  Beers like porters and stouts may linger in the mouth longer that a pilsner or a blonde.  Carbonation plays a large role in if a beer will feel smooth or not during consumption.  Many Santa Barbara Breweries offer beer samplers that will allow you to compare these differences and similarities between various beers.

Beer Flavor

There are many aspects of a beer that will contribute to a beer’s flavor.  The variation in malt types or the quantity of malt, flavors that result from the fermentation of the yeast and the power of the bitterness all contribute to a beer's unique flavor.  

Armed with an overview of how to evaluate a beer and some general terms, gives you a better way to talk about the various experiences you will have when heading out with your friends to some of the amazing Santa Barbara breweries scattered throughout the city.  

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Pure Order Brewing Company is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA.  It’s location serves as the main brewery and also hosts a tasting room with a side patio overlooking the hop yard.

Santa Barbara Breweries

Pure Order Brewing Company

410 N. Quarantina St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93103

Friday: 3 PM – 7 PM
Saturday-Sunday: Noon – 7 PM