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(NOTE: This page relates to beer as a resource and as a beverage. See the Beer Guide for details and instructions for the brewing of beer.)
Individual beers can vary across many characteristics, depending on the ingredients and yeasts used in their brewing:
- Potency, or alcohol content: no special potency, Potent, or Very Potent.
- Color: no color, Brown, or Black.
- Sweetness: Dry, Sweet, or neither.
- Special Properties: Fruity and/or Spicy.
- Flavors: up to two of Barley, Bread, Honey, Banana, Blackberry, Cherry, Date, Grapefruit, Orange, Pear, Prune, Jasmine, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, or Herbs. Such flavors can be "bold", "noticeable", or merely a "hint". Beers in which more than two flavors predominate are described as having "muddled flavors".
Beer is stored in small barrels. A barrel of beer is very heavy, with weight 100 and bulk 1. There is no way to empty a full barrel of beer other than by using it (by unkegging it at a tasting table, or by distilling it or making it into ambrosia).
If beer stays too long in the barrel (or on the tasting table), it will eventually spoil, rendering it unfit for drinking. Beer can only go bad after it has been kegged; it can sit in the kettle indefinitely before then. The more potent a beer, the longer it will last after kegging.
- A Very Potent beer will last over a week.
- A Potent beer seems to last one Teppy day.
- A non-potent beer lasts only one Teppy hour.
You will not be told whether a beer has gone bad until you attempt to drink it. Beer will also spoil on the tasting table if left out long enough. Spoilage does not affect a beer's fitness for distilling, ambrosia making, or donating to university research.
Beer is drank at a Ceremonial Tasting Table. Served in mugs, each barrel provides 21 servings. Click on a mug to fill it, then click on it again to drink.
Drinking beer differs from wine in two important respects. First, unlike wine glasses, all mugs are identical -- there is no mug on the table that is "better" for drinking. Grab whatever you like. Mugs are provided automatically and for free; they are not individually crafted as wine glasses are.
Second, the results of a taste of beer are the same for everyone. That is, what you taste is exactly what the barrel has to offer; there is no "beer palate" to refine. (That said, multiple Beer Tasting points can be had from the same barrel -- see the Beer Tasting article for discussion.)