Beer 101 Guide

With over 10,000 brands of beer in the world, finding the right ones can be overwhelming! At BevMo!, we know beer. We’ll help you find the perfect beer for your personal taste and help you choose the best assortment to make your next party a huge success! Use the following chart to simplify your beer selection.

Keg Basics

From small to large and in between, we have a keg to suit any crowd. Use our handy guide to determine what size will work best for your event.

Beer 101 Guide Keg Basics

Ordering a Keg for Pickup

BevMo! has over 100 craft, domestic and imported beer kegs to choose from. Reserve yours today and we’ll have it ready for your party. Kegs must be pre-ordered for pick up at your local store and will typically be available in 4 days. However, note that some specialty craft brews and imported beers may require a longer lead time. Please contact your local store for availability.



After bringing the keg home, let it settle for two hours. You want to ice it during this time making sure that the ice covers the outer circumference of the keg.

A tapped keg should stay fresh for about 24 hours.

How to Pour Keg Beer

Once you have tapped and allowed the keg to settle, give the tap a few pumps and start by filling a pitcher for the initial pour. The first few beers will be very foamy and you might as well let them sit for a little while. When filling pitchers, you can pull the faucet forward until it locks so that you don’t have to hold it down the whole time.
Never pump the keg before at least a test pour. You want to get a medium pour that you let flow down the side of your cup. Push the faucet all the way down and get a full flow to eliminate unnecessary foam.


Growlers are freshly-poured 64 oz. bottles that BevMo! offers in our AZ and WA stores* for purchase. A long-time favorite of beer connoisseurs, the growler is becoming more and more popular due to its convenient size and just-tapped taste. *Unfortunately, this size is not yet available in CA stores due to state regulations.

Beer 101 Guide Growlers
Beer 101 Guide Ales


Higher alcohol content, similar to Old Ale.

Strong, Amber, Hoppy, Bitter

Glass Type


Popular brands include Smithwick's, Anchor Old Foghorn, Barleywine Ale.

Shop for Barleywine.

Belgian Ale

Abbey, Amber, Blond, Dubbel, Flemish Red, Quadrupel, Trappist, Tripel

Sour, Fruity, Floral, Herbal, Light

Glass Type

Popular brands include Chimay, Affligen, Duval, Hoegaarden.

Shop for Belgian Ale.

Brown Ale

Dark amber or brown colored beer. Originated in London.

Sweet, Nutty, Caramel, Chocolate, Low Alcohol

Glass Type

Popular brands include Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale and Newcastle Brown Ale.

Shop for Brown Ale.

Dark Ale

Stout, Chocolate, Coffee, Dry Stout, Imperial, Milk, Oatmeal, Oyster. Porters are also included in this category, though different.

Roasted Coffee, Oats/Sweetness, Bitter. Porter's tastes include Molasses, Honey, Coffee and Burnt Malt.

Glass Type

Popular brands include Guinness and Murphy's.

Shop for Dark Ale.


Brewed only in Cologne, Germany.

Bright yellow straw

Glass Type

Popular brands include Calicraft Cali Colsch.

Shop for Kolsch.


Low-gravity beer with less alcohol, similar to Dark Ale

Light-bodied, Malty, Subdued, Hop

Glass Type

Shop for Mild Beers.

Pale Ale

Altbier, American, English Bitter, IPA, Saison, Scotch Ale

Pale malt, Bitter

Glass Type

Popular brands include Sierra Nevada, Anchor Steam.

Shop for Pale Ales

Wheat Beer

Berliner, Weisse, Dunkel, Wheat, Hefeweizen, Weizenbock, White Beer

Coriander, Orange, Hops, Cloudy Appearance

Glass Type

Glasses Wheat Beer
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Shop for Wheat Beer.

Old Ale

Dark, malty beers brewed in England. Also known as Stock Ale.

Dark, Malty

Glass Type

Popular brands include Morland Hen's Tooth Old Ale and Old Speckled Hen.

Shop for Old Ale.

Beer 101 Guide Lagers


Doppelbock, Eisbock, Maibock, Weizenbock.

Sweet, Strong, Malty, Toasty

Glass Type

Popular brands include Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock, Shiner Bock and Michelob Amber Bock.

Shop for Bock.

Dunkel Lager

Distinctive Dark Color, Malty Flavor, Low Bitterness

Glass Type

glasses Dunkel Lager
Popular brands include Hoffbrau Dunkel and Negra Modelo.

Shop for Dunkel Lager.


Märzenbier, Wiener Märzen, Festbier, Oktoberfestbier.

Medium to Full Body, Malty Flavor, Clean, Dry Finish, Typically served at Oktoberfest

Glass Type

glasses Marzen
Popular brands include many Oktoberfest seasonal specials.

Shop for Märzen.

Pale Lager

Dortmunder, Dry Lager, Helles, Pilsner, Spezial

Dry, lean, clean-tasting and crisp.

Glass Type

Popular brands include Spaten Lager, Pilsner Urquell, Asahi, Budweiser and Stella Artois.

Shop for Pale Lager.


Brewed only in Cologne, Germany.

Bright yellow straw

Glass Type

Popular brands include Monchshof Schwarzbier.

Shop for Schwarzbier.

Stress-free assistance! We'll help you decide which beverages to select and calculate how much you'll need for any size event or get-together.

We make it easy! Call, click or ask any BevMo! associate, and we'll have your order complete and ready in time for your party.

Delivery service is subject to availability and limited to specific delivery zones. Must be scheduled in advance and requires a two-hour window of delivery. An adult of legal drinking age must provide valid ID and signature to verify receipt of order. The complimentary delivery does not include kegs. Keg delivery requires paperwork to be completed in the store and includes a delivery fee of $25 per keg. Ask BevMo! customer service or a store associate for details.
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