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The Art of Pouring Beer

Posted by Boelter Beverage on January 18, 2019

Believe it or not, how a beer is poured greatly affects the taste. And it’s a simple enough technique that should not be overlooked.

Poured glass of beer

Pouring beer straight into a glass activates the carbonation, allowing its foamy head to develop, releasing those tiny bubbles that burst and release an irresistible aroma. The right pour creates that perfect foam on top (“head”) for a flavorful tasting experience.

Whether pouring from a bottle, can, or tap, here are the steps for the perfect pour.

Clean, empty pint glass

1. Start with a clean glass. Any oil, dirt or residuals will foul flavor and inhibit head creation.

Pouring beer at 45° angle

2. Hold the glass at a 45º angle, aiming for the middle of the glass.

Filling glass with beer

3. When you reach the halfway point, bring the glass to a 90º angle and then aim for the middle of the glass. When finished, the head should ideally be 1" to 1- 1/2".

Tip: Head creation directly relates to your pour speed, angle and distance. For example—too much head means you poured too fast or at too great a distance. Not enough head means you either poured too slowly or at too steep an angle without tilting it upright.

We hope these tips for pouring beer will help you continue to impress the beer aficionado and keep them drinking out of your glass!

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Topics: Beer, Craft Beer Tips

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