Beer in all its many forms has existed for thousands of years, one of the first historical accounts of beer dates back to the Sumerians, who discovered it by accident. Over the centuries beer was given to troops before battle to harden their resolve and has even been used to pay soldiers instead of coin.

Today beer is a worldwide phenomenon, with thousands of brewers across the world and even more brands of beer, we’re spoilt for choice. To help you decide, we’ve put together an infographic that helps explain ale and lager types, ranging from golden coloured Pilsner, all the way to black Porters and Stouts.