Aspects To Consider to Achieve the Perfect Pour
Pouring draft beer is an art and a key part of the overall beer tasting experience. When serving your cold fresh draft beer...
- Use a clean glass. A dirty glass containing oils, dirt or residuals from a previous beer, may inhibit head creation and taint flavors.
- Hold your glass at a 45° angle. Pour the beer, targeting the middle of the slope of the glass. Don't be afraid to pour hard or add some air between the bottle and glass.
- When beer fills up to the half-way point, bring the glass to a 90° angle and continue to pour in the middle of the glass. This will induce the perfect foam head. And remember, having a head on a beer is a good thing—it releases the beer’s aromatics and adds to the overall presentation. If you find your pouring style is causing too little head, try gradually adding distance between the bottle and the glass as you pour until you achieve the proper amount. An ideal head should be 1" to 1-1/2" thick .
With bottle-conditioned beers there may be a considerable amount of yeast in the bottle which alters the clarity and taste of your poured beer. This is considered the highlight of some beers and desired by many beer aficionados. However, if you do not prefer yeast in your poured beer, watch closely as you pour—being careful as not to include sediments and particles residing at the bottom of the container.