When it’s more than a casual get together, you want everyone to have that optimum beer-drinking experience. Here’s how to serve beer at a party for the best aroma & flavor.
Serve at the correct temperature for the kind of beer.
Lighter bodied or colored beers are served cold (40°F) but darker beers are served a bit warmer (44°F). High octane beer (over 7% alcohol by volume) is served at room temperature.
Always serve beer in a glass.
- When you drink from a beer bottle you rob yourself of the aroma. Since 70% of taste relies on our sense of smell, you’re also robbing yourself of the true taste of the brew.
- Beer glasses allow a “head” of foam to form, and the carbonation assists with aroma and “mouth feel.”
- When we can see the clarity, color and carbonation it enhances our enjoyment.
Want to know more? See 3 Reasons to Drink Beer from a Glass.
Serve in the correct type of glass for the kind of beer.
There are 5 basic beer glass types, each a little different to accomodate temperature retention, head retention, drinkability (gulping or sipping), and effervescence.
Even the color of the beer can dictate a certain kind of beer glass.
Want to know which glass to use? See: How to Know Which Beer Glass to Use for Your Party. It tells you everything you need to know – which beers for each glass and why.
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