Beer Glossary - the A to Z of Beer

Z is for Zymurgy


  Zymurgy is the branch of chemistry that deals with the fermentation process. The science of brewing! It’s part of what makes Devil’s Peak stand out in a growing industry by producing beer as it should be. In… Read More

Y is for Yeast


Yeast – those magical little cells that perform the back breaking work of turning grainy water into alcohol. As Devil’s Peak prepares to unleash its delicious lager into the world, it’s important to understand how different strains of yeast… Read More

X is for Xylology


Xylology is the study of wood. And while here at #DPBC we might not study wood, we definitely have a healthy appreciation for it. We are always seeking to better understand how it can impact the flavour of the beers… Read More

W is for Water

W is for Water

Water – by volume, the biggest ingredient in your favourite beer. But you probably knew that. What you might not have known is the impact good water can have on a brew. Not all water is created equal,… Read More

V is for Volstead Act

V is for Volstead Act

A fate worse than death. All of the delicious craft beer you’ve come to  know and love – every drop of it – has been transformed into contraband. What’s worse? Everybody surrounding South Africa is still sucking down… Read More

U is for Unique

U is for Unique

It could be the perfect combination of unlikely hops, a secret ingredient, or a re-imagining of a favourite style. Sometimes it’s impossible to put your finger on, but you know it when you taste it. There’s something about… Read More

T is for Trappist


One might picture a hooded figure, quietly stalking the halls of ancient and holy buildings. They read. They pray. They brew. Well – they do a bit more than that, but you get the idea. The Trappist order… Read More

S is for Session Beer

Session Beer

“Sessionable.” While your word processing software might try and tell you that it’s not a word, angrily underlining in red while offering no suitable alternatives, a seasoned beer drinker will tell you otherwise. A session beer (or sessionable… Read More

R is for Reinheitsgebot


  Water. Barley. Hops. You’ll often see the ingredient listed on a bottle of beer along with something like: “Proudly brewed to the Reinheitsgebot.” “Brewed to the German purity law.” “Traditionally brewed with only three ingredients.” What started… Read More

Q is for Quaff


Quaff – to drink heartily. Heartily is also a nice word you don’t hear very often any more. It implies something that’s hard to put your finger on, but you know it when you see it – sincerely,… Read More