When trying out new beers, it is wise to take more than one sip.
Beer aromas can be deadly and tempting at the same time. Flavors can also be barring and complex. One can get confused and beguiled by aftertastes. Take your sweet time while going for beer tasting. Before you decide if you like the beer or not, let it all hang out there and sink in.
Always enjoy your drink at the correct beverage temperature.
This doesn’t mean you drink your beer at the coldest temperatures possible. Cold substances inhibit the tongue’s receptors. The palates get numbed by overchilled beers making it impossible to distinguish flavors. If served just slightly chilled, Bocks, high-gravity Barley Wines, and British Ales will open up well.
Stanley Park Beer share some tips to enjoy your craft beer at its best.
Use The Right Glassware.
The imperial pint, the flute, and the tulip glass are all things of great design and beauty. It is nice to use the right glassware while drinking your beer. This gives a good visual verification and also maximizes the taste and flavor of your beer.
The right glassware provides more surface area for the drink to breathe, keeps the beer cooler, and also enhances your drink.
Pay Attention To ABV.
Always play safe when searching for a drink to enjoy. Potent brews have been made in this wonderful crazy ride of the liquor industry. Some Imperial stouts and IPAs come in double digits, and a few of these shots can leave you blacked out for an entire weekend. Safety is key.
Sample Your Beers In-Flight Order.
When sampling several craft beers in one sitting, it is wise to start with the less concentrated ABV beers and lightest mouthfeel and steadily move to stronger and heavier beers.
This protects your palette from being overwhelmed and ends up missing understated flavors of the weaker beers. Moving back and forth will only muddle your palate and should be avoided.
Take Tasting Notes.
It will look nerdy to take notes while tasting beers but it will help you choose the right beer and means that you are serious about the flavor you want to take.
It is overwhelming to memorize recommendations and new names, subtle taste differences, likes and dislikes of all beers one has tasted.
This is where taking notes comes in handy. Apps such as Tap tracker have an online beer rating system that will help you track your craft beers, keep a record of your likes and dislikes and even rate them.
The Dos And Don’ts of Craft Beer.
Avoid storing your beer under direct sunlight.
The main factor in making beer go bad is light and heat. When touched by sunlight, a bottle of beer becomes more ‘sulfurous’. Companies use brown bottles to counter this issue. The brown color helps in blocking most of the light and ends up protecting the beer. Another reason why kegs don’t have windows.
Don’t Store Your Beer Too Warm.
Beers should be stored below room temperature. Even if you don’t intend to drink a beer immediately, it is wise to buy beers that have been cooled and chilled.
The rate at which beers lose their taste increases with an increase in room temperatures.
Don’t Drink On An Empty Stomach.
This is a common mistake made by rookies. The body metabolizes alcohol differently when taken before eating, or after eating.
You will be able to drink more bottles of beer while on a full stomach than when on an empty stomach.
Don’t Wear Perfume Or Cologne.
Strong colognes interfere with light beer craft flavors and smells. While tasting beers, try keeping your surroundings free of strong odor.
It is a rule of thumb to not drink and drive. This will prevent you from causing harm to yourself and others as well as from being arrested by local authorities.
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