Taphouse 101 will begin exploring and explaining commons beer terms. These terms may be words you’ve just recently come across, use in your everyday vocabulary (Who are you?! We want to hang out!), or may be words you’ve never heard of before. You will likely see them on beer labels, tap lists or brewery websites.
First up, since we just talked about beer color last week, we will learn about SRM. Standard Reference Method or SRM is a numerical scale that assigns a number 1-40+ to beer based on color. This scale was created around 1950 by the American Society of Brewing Chemists. The scale is used as a way to ensure beer meets specific style guidelines. Number 1 begins with a pale yellow and gradually moves to nearly black at number 40.