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Ideal Beer Temperature
The ideal beer temperature varies depending on a number of factors. More experienced beer drinkers will tell you that a warmer temperature enhances the flavor, while colder temperatures inhibit the senses of the tongue and throat. Subtle nuances are weakened, and the main flavor is downright destroyed by low temperatures. On the other hand, those who work hard and play hard expect an ice-cold beer, served in a frosty mug. Irish beer drinkers insist that a pint of Irish Guinness is best served at room temperature.
Pouring Beer Correctly
The way beer is poured has influence over the presentation of the brew. The flow rate from the tap, position of the pour and the tilting of the glass all affect the outcome. How the beer is poured determines the size and longevity of the head, and the turbulence of the pour affects how the carbonization is released. More heavily carbonated beers, such as German pilsners, need time to settle before they’re served. Many barkeeps will serve the beer with remaining yeast at the bottom of the glass to add extra color and flavor.
Watch Your Drink
Never leave your drink unattended in a public place. This is especially true of restaurants, bars and/or anywhere that alcohol is served. Leaving your drink unattended may leave you susceptible to someone placing a substance in your drink. If you get up to dance or go to the restroom, order a new glass of beer when you return. If you are just mingling, take your drink with you.
If you find yourself drinking more than usual in a social situation, please call a cab or a friend to pick you up, walk or use a designated driver system prior to starting out. Do not drive under the influence. Besides being illegal it’s also dangerous! Driving under the influence is unsafe to you, any passengers and to everyone and everything around you. Simply stated, it’s not worth it! So please drink responsibly and be safe out there while you’re having fun.
Ale vs. Lager
One of the biggest misconceptions about beer is that ale is strong and lager is light. The real definition is that ale is made with a top fermenting yeast and lagers are made with a bottom fermenting yeast. Also, in general, ales are fermented between 64º F and 74º F (17º C – 23º C), whereas lagers are fermented between 45º F and 55º F (7º C – 12º C).
Light vs. Dark
A big misconception is that light colored beers are lower in alcohol, or weaker, than dark beers. In fact, the main difference between dark and light color is the type of barley used. Dark beers use dark roasted grains and darker malts and light colors use primarily lightly malted grains. While a dark IPA is usually higher ABV than a light beer, not all dark beers are higher than light beers. Some commercial comparisons for example: Corona Light is 4.5% ABV. Miller Genuine Draft is 4.7% ABV. Guinness Stout is very dark and is 4.2% ABV. Bent Kettle’s Insolence, a dark amber IPA malt, is 8.0% ABV.
Beer does not have the shelf life of wine and that should be noted. While certain wine can be aged for 20 to 40 years, beer typically becomes oxidized quite quickly (oxygen affects the flavor of beer negatively). The average shelf life of a basic beer (5 – 6% ABV) has no more than 6 to 8 months. The higher the ABV the longer you can age a beer. Beer should be stored upright, not lying on its side such as wine because the yeast will settle and cause problems making it difficult to control the yeast as you pour the beer. Also, store your beer in the dark. Natural sunlight (UV) will destroy the flavors in your beer.