Some craft beer labels are works of art. Others read like scientific formulas. At the store, on bar menus, and online, acronyms like SRM are moving from the province of the professional and the homebrewer to the everyday beer enthusiast. "These numbers can be meaningless gibberish until you calibrate yourself to what they mean," says Randy Mosher, author of Tasting Beer.
Here's what those frequently seen acronyms stand for, and how decoding them can help you be a happier beer drinker.