Beer Guide: How to Pour Beer

Grab glass, pour beer, enjoy: that's all it takes to enjoy a cold brew, right? Well, it turns out there's a little more to it, and Adam Jadhav of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is ready to give us a lesson on the fine art of beer pouring!

Jadhav explains that half the experience of beer-drinking is in the aroma, and much of that lovely aroma comes from the foamy head at the top of a beer glass. A good inch or two of head will dissipate slowly and therefore release aromas continuously as you drink.

If you tip the glass and pour the beer against the side, as so many of us were taught at college parties, you never get this desired foam. Instead, Jadhav recommends pouring most beers right down the middle of the glass and adjusting your pouring speed to control the agitation. Tip the glass only toward the end once the head is already formed.

We've tried this a few times since reading the article, and it takes a bit of practice. We've wound up with more than a few half-foam beer cappuccinos. But we're working at it! Already, the difference in aroma and the over all beer experience is pretty stunning.

Here's the link to the full article with more tips on pouring beer:

Pour That Beer in a Glass, Folks by Adam Jadhav, St. Louis Post-Dispatch (spotted via Serious Eats)

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