Although these days it sometimes it seems if there is only one beer style IPA more often it seems like there are way too many, starting with the Black, White, Imperial, Session, and Belgian variations on IPA.
But reading Matt Kramer’s “Advice to a Newbie” made me think how nice it would be to classify beers as succinctly as he does wines, dividing them into ust four types. And, no, I wouldn’t agree that ale and lager constitutes succinct. Also, I have no problem with the fact that although he writes this is advice for a newbie that context (thus some working knowledge) helps make sense of it.
His four are fruit wines, soil wines, climate wines, and creativity wines.
That’s it. Beer should be so simple.