Video: The Best Way to Pour a Beer for Perfect Foam

Video: The Best Way to Pour a Beer for Perfect Foam

Emma Christensen
May 20, 2014

Yes, I'm sure you already know how to pour a beer: find glass, pour beer, drink up. Or heck, skip the glass and just drink it straight from the bottle. It's your beer, and I'm not here to quibble.

But. If you want that perfect cap of fluffy pub-style foam crowning your glass, there's only one way to go. In today's video, I show you how to pour beer like a boss.

There are actually two beer-pouring routes you could take here. Both are equally valid and both involve tipping your glass at some point to control the foam. You can start off tilting your glass at a 45° angle (Protractors out, people!) and then gradually bring it upright as the foam builds, or you can start off pouring straight down and then finish off with a gentle tilt to the side.

As you can see in this video, I prefer the latter method. After many (many) beer-pouring trials, I have decided that I prefer pouring beers straight down into the glass first and tilting second. Even with the most uncooperative beer, this "hard pouring" approach manages to fluff up a nice layer of foam. I also find that the foam is sturdier and lasts longer than when poured this way.

And why might you want foam? Foam is where the aromas are, my friends. And aromas, in turn, are a huge part of how we perceive flavor. Without aromas, we're only getting half the experience of drinking the beer. Besides, brewers put a lot of effort into the aromas of their beers, and it's the least we can do to take a moment to appreciate them before chugging the beer down.

I actually like to stop pouring when the glass is about half full and take a nice, big whiff of the aromas coming off the foam. The glass acts as a container, holding those aromas in and making them easier to pick apart. Try smelling the beer at this point and then again once the glass is full, and you'll see what I mean.

Agree with me? Disagree? Let's talk! But first, let's all pour a beer and raise it high. Cheers!

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