Though the majority of our Aleuminati brethren are erudite beer scholars obviously, there may be a few among us who are relatively new to better beer and could use a crash coarse in serious beer geekdom. If you are such an individual, please allow me to direct you to a couple of resources I posted months ago on other sites:
This is an article
I posted on Associated Content
about the basics of beer classification.
Here is the follow up
article about ales.
Finally, wanna read some random articles about beer basics, check out my "Fundamentals" series
Hope you find this info helpful! Please let me know if you have an idea for another topic I haven't covered too!
Shawn, the Beer Philosopher