Your whole college experience isn't just about learning your major. A good university provides a wide variety of education, much of which takes place nowhere near a classroom. Vape University is no different!
Today, we're going to be talking about beer, and more importantly, which Mister-E-Liquid vape juice pairs well with certain types of beer. These vape juice and beer pairings will help you select the perfect e-liquid for a night on the town, or just choosing a great e-juice for your favorite kind of brew. We're only going to touch on three of the most common types of beer today, but we just founded this university: you can bet we'll be back with more!
You already know all about e-liquid, so let's talk about beer. Beer is one of the oldest alcoholic beverages, with a history stretching back at least 5,000 years, and possibly as far as 12,000 years. Many archaeologists believe that beer - along with its unfermented cousin, bread - assisted in the formation of civilization in the first place. We've found evidence of beer in our oldest settlements: Göbekli Tepe, Godin Tepe, Uruk. We know the laborers who built the Egyptian pyramids were paid in beer. Beer can be found in a variety of historical documents, from the epic of Gilgamesh to the writings of Xenophon. The point being: we've had beer longer than we've had history. And its popularity hasn't waned! It remains the third most-consumed beverage in the world, losing out only to water and tea.
There is more variety in modern beer-making than virtually any other drink known to man, with hundreds of thousands of different styles, brands, and varieties. The only common element, really, is a starch (like barley or wheat) which is then turned into mash. This process brings out the sugars in the starch, which are then fermented with brewer's yeast into the drink we know as beer. Everything else - the water used, the amount of hops, the starch source, the amount, length, and iterations of fermentation - is variable, and produces the incredible variety of brews we have today. Depending on the type of beer, it might be light, sweet, flavored with fruits, or it might be dark, heavy, and bitter.
That said, a good beer will have a rich and complex flavor, and that means complex interactions with other flavors. In the same way that we have beer pairings with food because certain beers bring out specific flavor elements in the food - and vise versa - some vape juice pairs with some beers better than others. While, sure, you could absolutely go buy a bunch of different beers and e-liquid, we've generously, selflessly, gleefully gone ahead and done the research for you.
Though pale ales had existed since the 1700s, these were lightly-hopped, and nearly unrecognizable today. It wasn't until the 1820s, when the Indian export market really picked up in Britain, that today's strongly-hopped IPA was created. The success of this "India Ale" caused more and more brewers to follow suit, and soon IPAs were being kept at home, rather than sent overseas to Madras and Calcutta.
Today, IPAs are one of the most popular styles, particularly since the rise of the US microbrewery. IPAs are so popular that some such craft breweries serve very few other types of beer, favoring instead multiple varieties of IPA. Still, nearly all IPAs can be identified by their expressively bitter, hoppy taste, their high gravity, and generally an alcohol content above 4 percent but seldom more than 8 percent.
For thousands of years, beer was made in warm environments, and the yeasts who fermented the mash rested atop the fermenting vat. This beer tended to drink warm, too: it was best at room temperature. During the medieval era, however, some Europeans started brewing in caves, which were cold enough to use a different type of yeast, which did its work on the bottom of the vat. The act of putting the fermenting vats in cold caves was called "lagering", and the beer it produced become known as "lager".
These beers tended to drink colder: they tasted better cold than at room-temperature, but remember, other than caves and the like, at the time, humans didn't have a way of keeping things cold year 'round. In fact, Germany - the Bavarians have always been very strict about brewing - went so far as to ban making lager in the summer months. German brewers started digging their own cellars and filling them with ice to make this cold brew, and even planted shade trees to keep temperatures down. Thus was born the German "biergarten", or "beer garden", now so much a part of the German culture.
With the advent of refrigeration, though, lager could not only be made year 'round, but could be enjoyed cold year 'round, and eventually became so popular that most people today would find warm beer unthinkable. Well, except the British, who are traditionalists in their own right. Today, lager is the most popular form of beer in the world: clean, crisp, and highly sessionable, lager goes well with nearly anything, but here are a couple of our favorite e-liquid and lager pairings.
At least as early as the 17th century, brewers in Europe were making beer with brown malt. These brown beers were made to be aged in the home, rather than consumed immediately, but breweries found aging their own brown beers produced a superior product. Dark, rich, and strong, this aged brown beer was very popular with the working classes, including those laborers who unloaded the ships in London's port. Thus the beer became known as "porter".
But "strong" is never "strong enough", so porters become stronger and stronger over time. Within decades, Guinness of Ireland began referring to their porter as "stout", meaning strong, and soon an entirely new type of beer was born: porter stout, or just stout.
Stouts come in many varieties, but they're generally dark and strong, at the very least. Some have added oats, or use aromatic malts that lend a dark chocolate or coffee flavor. Stout can be an acquired taste - I've heard it called "roofing tar" once or twice in my day - but once it's acquired, it's one of the most fulfilling brews out there.
And hey, last lesson, and we'll go. Use moderation. In most things, but definitely in your beer and vape pairings. We want you to continue enjoying these combinations for a long, long while, so drink and vape responsibly. Enjoy yourself, but have a care, yeah? We like you, and we want you to stick around. Okay, end of the boring part of the lesson.
Now, anybody want to buy an old vaping professor a beer?
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