- ABV which is Alcohol By Volume: this number simply lets you know what percentage of your beer is alcohol
- IBU which is International Bitterness Units: it measures hop bitterness on a scale from 0 to 100
Basically, ABV and IBU are two factors to take into account when you choose a beer: do you want a lighter beer, i.e. with less alcohol? Do you want a sweeter beer, i.e. with lower IBU?
We will look at 4 different combinations in the viz [the suggestions of food pairing are limited, just to give an idea]:
- less alcohol and less bitter: really light and fresh beers! You can have it with a salad or with some fish as well! Or just alone, it will be nice!
- less alcohol and more bitter: light but with some character! Now, a salad would “die” with a strong/ bitter taste and also the fish… why not something spicy such as some mexican food? 🙂
- more alcohol and less bitter: heavier but sweet beers! A pizza would be a perfect match here, the sweetness of the tomatoes and mozzarella pair perfectly with it but pizza is also a heavy dish, so makes sense to have something more rich in alcohol
- more alcohol and more bitter: a beer with a strong character and more complex and interesting… A steak or a burger matches perfectly in this case!
Ok, what’s next then?
I got this dataset from my colleague and friend Benedetta and challenged myself to make a viz out of it… This dataset contains some US breweries and beers with both ABV and IBU, which actually (can) determine the choice of a beer. Before, I used Alteryx to check the data and actually I found that a couple of data were not right (IBU >100) and I just filtered them away and then I created my output ready for Tableau.
I created this viz to let people explore with a scatter the different beers and also to let people find out quickly extremes.
I hope you enjoyed it!