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Pouring the Perfect Beer

Pouring the Perfect Beer

There are as many drinkers as there are ideas about how to pour the perfect beer. 

Some insist on a foaming head while others prefer beer not froth at the top of their glass. Some believe beer should be drunk from pots or schooners while others prefer the elegance of a slender pilsner glass. Some like their beers icy, others find a chill dulls the taste.

Here has some tips on how to come close to pouring a perfect glass of your favorite amber brew.

1.The Glass:

Get a proper beer glass; one that's a good full shape and curves in a little at the top to trap the beer's aromas. Take one of these, make sure it is scrupulously clean, and chill it in the fridge for an hour or so.

2. The Beer:

Beer is never better than when it is delivered from the brewer. It does not improve with age; in fact, over time it will lose some of the crispness of it's flavour. So, for the perfect beer, choose a bottle that hasn't been hanging around too long. – Maybe a good time to check your stock.

3. The Temperature:

This varies with personal taste and with the style of beer. For most lager-style beers, commercial refrigerator temperatures should be set to (2 to 3 deg C).

4. Pouring:

Slosh some beer into the bottom of the glass to form a head. Then gently pour the beer directly onto the foam to break any large bubbles and pack the head. Leave for a short period to "air" the foam, then tilt the glass and fill carefully. Straighten the glass as it fills and keep pouring until the collar or head just froths over the rim of the glass.

Tip: The bitterness of the hops tends to be most concentrated in the foam of the head, so if you like a good hit of hops to jolt the tastebuds, give yourself a more generous head and sip the beer through it.

5. Savouring the beer:

Unlike wine beer relies on the back of the palate and must be swallowed to appreciate the complex flavours of the brew.  Bring the glass to your lips and inhale gently to take in the aroma of the beer. This will awaken your tastebuds to the flavours that are to follow. Then sip, letting the cool beer flow over the tongue so you savour the full complexity of the flavour. Perfect! 



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