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What is a malt beverage?
Believe it or not, not all malt beverages are alcoholic. Maybe you’ve had a great malted milkshake? So, what is it that makes a beverage a “malt?” In order to be considered malted, a beverage has to use barley as the key ingredient. Simple as that.
What are the types of malt beverages?
In the malt alcohol world, you’re likely to find three main types of malted beverages. These include beer, non-alcoholic beer, and “malternative” alcoholic beverages. Things like ciders, and “hard” version of drinks that are typically alcohol-free count. Most people are familiar with a hard lemonade or hard iced tea. In general, if someone is offering you a malt liquor beverage, they’re referring to the third type of malted beverage.
What's the difference between beer and malt beverages?
The main difference in standard beer and malted beverages is the use of barley as a key brewing ingredient. Malt beverages typically also incorporate additional fermentable sugars like corn and rice. The end result is a type of beer (not liquor) that is sweeter, higher in alcohol content and sells at a lower price point.
The Big Myth
Lots of companies call their malted beverages liquor. It’s more of a marketing ploy than anything. These beverages are intended to appeal to those wishing to drink something served in a similar packaging as beer, but who do not want to drink beer. These consumers dislike the taste or idea of beer, leading marketers to titled malted beverages “malt-liquor.” But as far as brewing goes, the truth is that these beverages are a type of beer and not a liquor.