Beer 101

We invite you start your beer exploration by sampling our stellar selection. Consider it homework.


Still, apart from craft connoisseurs, most draught drinkers are hard-pressed to decipher the differences between say, a lager and an ale. Ten Fifty-Five Brewing is aiming to educate about the intricacies of alcohol because hey, the more you know, the more you can enjoy the subtle tastes and hidden flavors that make our beers so darn delicious. So if you believe yourself to be a beer beginner, consider these questions next time you break for some brews.

What is beer?

Duh, it's the nectar of the gods.

Actually, considered by some to be the oldest fermented beverage on earth, it’s a mixture of water, grain, hops and yeast, creatively combined to concoct a bevy of beverages, all under the name of beer.

What am I thinking about when I drink beer?

Next time you taste a beer and feel like waxing poetic,

remember these key words to live (and to drink) by and you’ll earn yourself a one-way ticket to the title of craft champ.

Flavor Profile

A fancy way to say taste. Whether it be malty, hoppy, sweet or bitter, the flavor profile sums up the subtle notes and ingredients that make each beer unique.
EXAMPLE: This Hefeweizen’s flavor profile is wheaty with hints of banana and clove.

Mouth feel

An almost abstract concept that encapsulates what it literally feels like to drink a beer. It may be thick, bubbly, slick or with a bite, but always describes how a brew directly affects your palate.

Carbonation Level

Different types of beers have different amounts of carbonation diffused into them. While most brews fall somewhere in the middle of the scale, expect stouts to have lower amounts of carbonation and Hefeweizens to have higher amounts.


Before you take a sip, give the beer a sniff. Does the beer smell floral? Or maybe nutty? The aroma of the beer plays a significant role in how it will taste once you drink it. In hoppy beers like an IPA, the hops can overtake the aroma. Learning how to smell beer will make you a better taster.

To summarize, you are looking for the combination of these factors that are most appealing to you. Being aware of these ideas when you’re tasting will help you find similar brews you’re bound to enjoy.

How do I know good beer from bad?

Unlike wine, the only time beer is truly bad is when it's skunked.

Otherwise, to each his—or her—own. Beer is an exciting, delicious personal exploration in which good beer just tastes good, at least according to you. Some drinkers prefer a full-bodied stout; others, a subtle, playful kolsch. Beer tasting is all about stepping outside of your comfort zone. Remember, good beer is out there, just waiting to be discovered.

So what is the difference between your average bottled beer and craft beer, anyway?

Craft beer is all about local brewers creating delicious drinks for friends and family to enjoy.

Our products are far superior to the typical bottled beer because they contain only natural ingredients and are free of artificial flavors and preservatives. In fact, our selection is so fresh, even a novice drinker can taste the difference. Beyond that, craft beer is a common interest that brings people together. We believe in educating customers because, like us, the more they know about beer, the more they’re bound to love it.

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