What’s the difference between bitter and lager? Ale and stout? Do British people really drink warm beer? You’ll learn all about beer in this alcoholic episode of Aprender Inglés con Reza y Craig.
Pour yourself a glass of your favourite beer and sit back to enjoy the podcast. With over 45 years of teaching between us, we’ll help you improve your English and take it to the next level.
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Pronunciation: ‘beer’ (not ‘bear’ or ‘bare’)
a good head (foam)
fizz – gas, fizzy – with (plenty of) fizz
Flat (adj.) – when the fizz has disappeared – flat beer / still water or still orange juice
Hops – lúpulo – hoppy – with a strong flavour of hops / to hop – saltar a la pata coja, dar saltos
Barley – cebada
Yeast – levadura, yeasty – with a strong yeast flavour
Brewery – factory where beer is made, to brew beer – elaborar – a brewer
bitter – tostada (eg. Greene King, Fuller’s ESB)
lager – rubia (with plenty of fizz) (Carling, from both British and Canadian origin owned by the American/Canadian brewing giant Molson Coors Brewing Company is the highest selling beer in England, the second most popular is Fosters)
Ale – the original traditional British beer, usually without as much fizz as lager
Pilsner – a popular type of light lager (Budweiser, Coors)
IPA – India Pale Ale stronger than bitter and more hops flavour. (Thornbridge Brewery’s Jaipur IPA and Fuller, Smith and Turner’s Bengal Lancer. Originally brewed in England as an especially refreshing beer specifically to be exported to British troops in hot India.)
Brown ale – quite sweet and lower in alcohol content (Newcastle Brown Ale, Samuel Smith’s Nut Brown Ale)
Mild – more malty flavour and lower in alcohol content
Stout – a dark beer that includes roasted malt or roasted barley, hops, water and yeast.
Guinness is an Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness at St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin, Ireland.
Wheat beer – cerveza de trigo – typical German style of beer
Beer in the UK is not served warm. It’s usually (traditionally, but not always these days) served at cellar temperature (between 10–14 °C). Lager is served colder.
Cask beer is served by a hand pump.
Keg – a barrel for beer
Keg beer is a term for beer which is served from a keg, under external carbon dioxide pressure.
Micro-brewery – small artisan brewery
a jug – jarra (NB. False friend: jar – bote)
a tankard – large glass, often with a lid (tapa)
a yard of ale – ale in a big, long glass, drunk as a dare (desafio)
Fermentation – to ferment
Yeast – levadura de cerveza
To pour a glass
To sip – beber a sorbos – to gulp
Useful vocabulary for socialising
What’ll you have? (NB We say ‘have’ a drink not X
What do have on draught/tap?
What bottled beers have you got?
I’ll have a pint/half pint of…..
It’s your/my round
I’m good/ok, thanks
It’s on me / I’ve got this
Same again, please
I’m alright for now
Another round, please
Who’s round is it?
I’m a bit tipsy / light headed / merry
Smashed / out of it / legless / wasted / sloshed / hammered / plastered / out of your tree / off your trolley / pissed / rat-arsed
Brewer’s droop – a man’s inability to perform sex due to drinking too much
A (p-i-s-s) -up – a group session of heavy drinking
“He couldn’t organise a (p-i-s-s) -up in brewery” = He’s useless at organising
A beer belly – a big belly/stomach through drinking a lot of beer
One for the road – the last drink of the evening
Beer goggles – misjudging someone’s sexual attraction as a result of drinking too much
A swift half/ a quickie – a quick drink
Small beer / small potatoes – an unimportant matter
Beer buddies/Drinking buddies – friends who sometimes meet to drink beer together
What differences did you notice in the drinking culture between Spain and the UK when you first came here?
What beer would you order in a Spanish bar/British pub?
Do you miss the atmosphere of a typical British pub?
…and now it’s your turn to practise your English. Have you ever ordered a beer in a pub or a bar in an English-speaking country? What was the experience like and how different was it from your country? What do you think about British pubs?
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