Commercial terms

Commercial Terms

Alcohol by Volume (abv)
Is the percentage of alcohol in a beverage, by volume.

Alcohol by Weight (abw)
It’s the same as ABV except that it’s by weight which is usually about 20 percent lower than by volume.

Brew on Premises (BOP)
Community brewery facilities for home-brewers to rent.

Brewpubs are restaurants that brew their on beer on site.

Contract Brewing
Contract brewing is an agreement between a brewery and a brand manager of a beer. One company may own the brand while a brewery manages the production.

Degrees Plato: One of the more esoteric things found on craft beer bottles, this scale measures the amount of sugar in unfermented beer. A higher number indicates more sugar. More sugar means more alcohol.

IBU: International Bittering Unit. This is a measurement of beer bitterness. Hops lovers should look for beers with a high IBU number as higher numbers indicate more bitter beers. Typical American lagers have 8 to 15 IBUs while double IPAs may have more than 100.

Microbreweries is where the heart is for most beer aficionados. It’s the smaller breweries that produce less than 15,000 barrels or less a year.

Real Ale
Real Ale is the term used by CAMRA to refer to cask-conditioned ale.

Regional Brewery
A brewery that produces 15,000 to 500,000 barrels of beer a year.

One of the 10 commandments of German beer! It’s the purity law of 1516 stating that beer can only be made with grain, hops, yeast and water.

Shelf Life
Shelf life refers to the amount of time a bottle can sit on a shelf before it begins to spoil.

SRM: Standard Reference Method. This is a system for measuring beer color. Higher numbers indicate darker beers. Pilsners have an SRM of about 4, while the SRM for stouts is above 20.

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