If you only learn one thing from us, it should be this: Drink your beer from a glass. Pouring your beer into a glass opens it up, releasing all of its flavours and aromas. And, despite what your grandad and his bowls club might think, head is your friend. A decent bit of head on your beer helps trap in all of things that make beer fantastic like hop aromas and yeast esters. How much? 1-2 finger widths is a good measure for most beers. Now, let’s pour, shall we?
- Start with your glass at a 45 degree angle. As you pour, aim for the middle of the glass wall.
- Once you’re about half full, straighten up and pour directly into the middle of the beer.
- Increase the distance between the bottle and the glass to help “inspire” better head.
- Consume. Repeat.
While a good pour is an art, we’re confident these steps will get you on the right track. Cheers!
Fun fact: The head contains about 30% beer and 70% carbonation. Releasing that fizz from the liquid means the head forms in the glass not your stomach – a plus for anyone who feels that beer is too “bloating”.