How To Pour The Perfect Beer

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

How to pour the perfect beerIt’s an art to pour the perfect beer, and it’s definitely something worthwhile practicing because it’s a part of the overall taste experience. More importantly, it just looks so damn cool!

At SAB, we have a lot of experience when it comes to pouring beer, so here’s our guide to pouring the perfect pint. You’ll find that most bartenders use more or less the same techniques when pouring draught beer.

    • Always use a clean glass. A dirty glass may inhibit the creation of a good head.
    • Hold the glass at a 45˚ angle.
    • Pour the beer down the side of the glass, targeting the middle of the slope of the glass at about the half way point. Don’t be afraid to pour hard or add some air between the bottle and the glass.
    • When the glass is half full, slowly straighten it into an upright position and continue to pour directly into the centre of the glass. This will induce the perfect foam head. Remember, a head on a beer is a good thing because it releases the aromas, enhances the flavour and adds to the overall presentation.
    • If you really want to show off, you may also want to gradually add distance between the bottle and the glass as you pour, as this will also help in the creation of a good head.
    • Now get ready to take the first delicious sip with the appropriate toast – whether it’s “Charles”, “Cheers to the Saaz Hop” or “Salute”.
    • It’s an art to pour the perfect beer, and it’s definitely something worthwhile practicing because it’s a part of the overall taste experience. More importantly, it just looks so damn cool!
    • At SAB, we have a lot of experience when it comes to pouring beer, so here’s our guide to pouring the perfect pint. You’ll find that most bartenders use more or less the same techniques when pouring draught beer.
    • Always use a clean glass. A dirty glass may inhibit the creation of a good head.
    • Hold the glass at a 45˚ angle.
    • Pour the beer down the side of the glass, targeting the middle of the slope of the glass at about the half way point. Don’t be afraid to pour hard or add some air between the bottle and the glass.
    • When the glass is half full, slowly straighten it into an upright position and continue to pour directly into the centre of the glass. This will induce the perfect foam head. Remember, a head on a beer is a good thing because it releases the aromas, enhances the flavour and adds to the overall presentation.
    • If you really want to show off, you may also want to gradually add distance between the bottle and the glass as you pour, as this will also help in the creation of a good head.
    • Now get ready to take the first delicious sip with the appropriate toast – whether it’s “Charles”, “Cheers to the Saaz Hop” or “Salute”.

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