10 new beer words enter the dictionary for the first time
A spike in online beer searches has resulted in the addition of 10 new beer-related words to Dictionary.com this year.
More and more of us are getting to know the different types of beer; a trend that is reflected in an increase in online searches for terms from the brewing world. This is not surprising considering that the craft beer market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.1% between 2021 and 2026.
According to a report by eat this not that, trend watchers at Dictionary.com reported that visitors were becoming increasingly “beer curious” and looking for definitions the site didn’t have in its system. So, to meet consumers’ growing thirst for knowledge about beer, Dictionary.com has added ten new beer-related words to its collection.
Some, such as “Pilsner” and “Sour beer”, have become quite common terms. Others are more specialized.
Included among the newly added words are “bock”; a strong, dark, malty beer that tends to have an alcohol content of over 6%, and “dunkel”; a dark lager with a distinctive malt aroma – dunkel being the word for “dark” in German.
Then there is ‘gose’; a sour wheat beer with a distinctive salty taste and the flavor and aroma of coriander; ‘hefeweizen’; a cloudy, pale German-style malted wheat beer with a taste of fruit and cloves; and ‘season’; a Belgian-style beer with a dry, tart taste and strong carbonation.
Have you ever heard of a “witebier”? Not to be confused with a regular “wheat beer” (any beer brewed with a substantial amount of malted or raw wheat mixed with the most common barley malt), a witebier is a Belgian-style unmalted wheat beer with a pale and cloudy appearance, spiced with coriander and orange peel.
If you really want to boost the merit of your pub quiz or your Wordle score, then Dictionary.com also offers the word “zymurgy”, defined as “the branch of applied chemistry dealing with fermentation, the preparation of yeast, etc.”. Essentially, it’s a fancy word for the profession, hobby, or fraternity of brewing beer.