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Monday, February 15, 2010

How to Pour the Perfect Beer

Having the proper glassware to best accentuate the flavors, aromas and appearance of a particular style of beer is only the first step in serving the perfect beer. To get the full experience, it must be poured properly from the tap.
There are 9 steps for the perfect pour. They are;
1: THE PURIFICATION
The bartender selects the proper glass for the beer being poured. The glass must be "beer glass clean". It is then rinsed with cold water to chill the glass.

2: THE SACRIFICE
The tap is opened in one swift motion to let the first burst of foam flow away. It must never enter the glass, thus ensuring every drop of beer is fresh.

3: THE LIQUID ALCHEMY
Hold the glass at a 45-degree angle to create the perfect balance of liquid to foam.

4: THE HEAD
The head is created by straightening and lowering the glass. The head has double duty by being visually appealing and releases the beer's aroma.
5: THE REMOVAL
The bartender closes the tap in one quick action and moves the glass away from the faucet to ensure no drops spoil the perfect head.

6: THE BEHEADING
While the beer is flowing over the edge of the glass, the bartender cuts the head gently with a head cutter at a 45-degree angle. This eliminates the larger bubbles that burst easily and accelerate the dissipation of the head.

7: THE JUDGMENT
The bartender now stands in judgment. The beer's head should be two fingers thick.

8: THE CLEANSING
The bartender then rinses the bottom and sides of the glass. This keeps the glass clean and cool and makes it comfortable to hold.

9: THE BESTOWAL
The perfectly poured pint of beer is presented with the logos of the coaster and glass facing the customer.

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