Taxonomies and classifications are not only helpful, but critical to making your content findable. This is true regardless of the topic or data – even when it is beer. Business Insider brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Everything You Need To Know About Beer, In One Chart.”

I confess, I am not a beer drinker. Though the varieties intrigue me, I’d much rather have a bottle of wine than 99 bottles of beer. Being that there are so many styles and types of beer, it is difficult to have a good understanding of them all. We found this taxonomy graphic of most major beer styles to help you put your favorite cold ones into context.


Developing a classification system organized into conceptually similar categories can help users gain a better understanding of the taxonomy subject area. How the content is classified impacts the findability of your data. Professionals should look for an experienced builder of solid standards-based taxonomies to associate content for appropriate machine-assisted indexing. Access Innovations can provide solutions that are ANSI compliant.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.