Let's take beer back to basics. Like, right back. If you're not sure where to start, here's a brief outline of a few of the most commonly seen types of beer to help you navigate all those taps and pumps at the bar.
All hail pale ale
Many modern examples are influenced by the craft beer movement. The American pale ale is a great style to start exploring. It boasts crisp light malt flavours and pronounced fruity hops without being too bitter. Brick Brewery's Peckham Pale is a wonderful example.
These may seem a world away from more traditional ales, like a pint of English bitter, where the balance lies more towards the toffee malt flavours, but essentially they're just different expressions of the same drink. If you want a trad pint, Harvey's Sussex Best or Timothy Taylor's Landlord can be hard to beat.