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Specialty Beers

Style Family Snapshot

In Specialty Beers, we capture ales that use varieties of grains other than barley or wheat, or use highly localized and traditional recipes. Oh, and holiday beers belong here, too. It should come as no surprise that either climate or creative necessity, or both, would result in cereal grains including rye, oats, rice, and sorghum being used in some regions as primary elements of the grist. Additionally, many of these styles require flavorings besides hops, say smoked malt or spices, or brewing methods that exclude shiny copper mash tuns. So, set free your beer expectations and check these out.

Style Family Parameters


Original Gravity (OG):

1.030 - 1.100

Final Gravity (FG):

1.003 - 1.016

Strength (ABV):

2.5 - 8.8

Bitterness (IBU):

5 - 30

Color (SRM):

1 - 20


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Serving These Styles

Suggested serving temperature: 42 - 52 F

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