If you've been known to enjoy a pint or two, then chances are, you'll be raising a glass this month in honor of St. Patrick. But 'fess up: between all that Guinness and red ale, do you know what you're really imbibing? For those who don't, we're here to educate you. It's true that unless you're a science fiend, home brewer, or brewing aficionado, it can be confusing to wrap your head around the different beer varieties — especially since they're all made of water, malted barley, yeast, and hops.
For the most part, beer can be broken down into two major categories. Learn what they are — and their defining characteristics — when you keep reading.