Curious, we did some research to see if this was a peculiarity of this brewery or if there was a standard temperature at which beer should be served. We learned that it really depends on the type of beer:
• Lagers, which are fermented at lower temperatures to begin with, can generally be served at a refrigerator temperature of about 40° or below. Light beers, pilsners, and some wheat beers can also be served at this temperature.
• Ales like IPAs, ambers, and browns do better if served slightly warmer, at 45° - 55°. Ales have a lot of fruity flavors that become muted at colder temperatures.
• Strong, dark beers are best at room temperature or only slightly chilled. This applies to stouts, barleywines, many cask-conditioned ales, and double bocks.
Ultimately, we think that how much you chill - or not - your beer can be a matter of personal taste and what you're in the mood for. Take these guidelines and try your favorite beers at a range of temperatures to see what you like best!
Do you have a preferred temperature for drinking beer?