How much of a Philly Beer Geek are you? Here are 25 Questions and Answers that will really rock your brain. If you can get half of them correct, you are well qualified to compete as an able contestant in the Philly Beer Geek competition. No peeking at the answers!
Q. What chemical formed during fermentation is typically perceived as cloves or a medicinal smell?
A. 4-vinyl guaiacol
Q. Papery or wet cardboard flavors in beer are a sign of:
Q. Name the 3 segments of the three-tier system in the United States.
A. Brewers/Importers, Distributors, and Retailers
Q. Name one indigenous style of American Beer.
A. (one of these) California Common (aka Steam Beer) or American Lager
Q. Name three common words that describe the flavor of malt in beer:
A. (any three) Biscuity, bready, toasty, roasty, caramel, toffee, coffee, chocolate, ash, tobacco, spicy (rye malt)
Q. Name three common words that describe hops in beer:
A. (any three) Citrus, grapefruit, lemon, floral, herbal, pine needles, pine cones, earthy, perfumy, spicy
Q. Skunky aromas in beer are the result of:
A. Exposure to sunlight or fluorescent light
Q. How often should draught lines be cleaned?
A. Every 2 weeks.
Q. What style of beer is typically served with oysters?
Q. What is the Champagne of Brussels?
Q. What is the oldest documented schwarzbier?
A. Braunschweiger Mumme, brewed since about 1390 in Braunschweig, a member of the Hanseatic League and an important trade city during the Middle Ages.
Q. What country was Pilsner born in?
A. Bohemia (currently, the Czech Republic)
Q. What beer style is typically described as wee or heavy?
A. Scottish Ale
Q. What Trappist Beer means “Valley of Gold”?
Q. What makes beer cloudy or hazy? Name two.
A. It could be many things: Beer is too cold; beer has been kept at room temperature for an extended period of time; beer is unfiltered; beer may be old; dispensing equipment or glassware is dirty; wheat is one of the ingredients.
Q. What is the Meilgaard Flavor Wheel used for?
A. Assessing the flavors in beer; categorizing flavor and aroma components.
Q. Name a style of beer you might drink from a chalice.
A. (any of these) Trappist Beer, American Wild Ale, American Double/Imperial IPA, Belgian IPA, Belgian Golden Strong Ale, Belgian Dark Strong Ale, Dubbel, Tripel, Quadrupel
Q. Who said, “You can only drink 30 or 40 glasses of beer a day, no matter how rich you are”?
A. Colonel Adolphus Busch
Q. Who has had his rubber chicken photographed with the most famous beer celebrities in the world, including Beer Hunter Michael Jackson, Celebrator Beer News Tom Dalldorf, and Geoff Larsen of Alaskan Brewing?
A. Phil Farrell, Beerdrinker of the Year 2011
Q. What off flavor in beer is often described as buttered popcorn?
Q. Isovaleric Acid in beer may come from hops that are old, a Brettanomyces infection, or unhealthy yeast. How is it described in beer?
A. Old cheese; sweaty socks; rancid, fecal organics
Q. Who founded the Ladies Beer Tea in Philadelphia?
A. Nancy Rigberg of Home Sweet Homebrew
Q. What legendary beer innovator recently retired from Anchor Brewing Company?
A. Fritz Maytag
Q. Who founded the Pink Boots Society? She is also known as the Road Brewer.
A. Teri Fahrendorf, in Portland, Oregon
Q. Who is the first woman to ever win the Russell Schehrer Award for Innovation in Brewing?
A. Jennifer Talley of Squatters Pub Brewery/Salt Lake Brewing Co. in 2011
Do you want to know more about beer? Here are two must-have books on beer that are an absolute necessity for your personal bookshelf:
The Beer Book, written by Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and star of the Discovery Channel TV show, BREWED
Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink by Randy Mosher, also author of Radical Brewing: Recipes, Tales and World-Altering Meditations in a Glass