The perfect beer is always going to be a matter of opinion and a matter of taste. This then is not a ‘which beer is best’ article. Rather, this is what you do once you’ve chosen your favourite beer – it’s how you settle down to enjoy it and how you make the most of the opportunity. This is how do have the perfect moment with your beer and how to ensure you enjoy it to its fullest.
First of all decide what you want to drink your beer out of. Will it taste better from a can or from a glass? Nine times out of ten it’s going to be the latter, so if you want to really enjoy this beer make sure to pour it into a glass. Select your glass carefully though, things like the thickness of the glass, and the way it sits in the hand can affect your enjoyment.
Next you need to ensure that the beer is chilled. To accomplish this you want to leave the can in the fridge for at least ten minutes. Better yet, keep a bucket with some ice in it and stand the beers in there. This way it will be icy cool, and that will make it all the more refreshing. There’s actually nothing more unpleasant and disappointing than a warm beer so you want to avoid that. Remember that if you intend to drink more beer later (advisable) then you need to circulate – so be sure to add the next one in each time you take one out.
You can also take this one step further by chilling the glass as well. This is the kind of attention to detail that will reveal you to be a connoisseur of beer and that will make you the perfect host. Again you can stand a glass in bucket of ice, or leave it in the fridge for a while, but otherwise you can just run it under some cold water for a while. This will also help to keep the beer itself cooler for longer.
Now here’s the tricky part that so many people get wrong – pouring the perfect beer and ensuring that it doesn’t turn into a glass of froth with a full can sat next to it. First of all, tap the top of the can three time before opening. This is said to prevent it from exploding, and while it may well be an old wive’s tale there’s no harm in at least trying. When you open the ring pull, open it slowly to let out just the smallest bit of gas at first.
Now place the edge of the can against the rim of the glass so that they’re touching before you start pouring. Now what you want to do is to tip both the glass and the can so that the beer runs down the edge and into the bottom. This will prevent any beer being spilled because there is no gap between the glass and the can, but more miraculously it will also prevent a build up of froth and head because there will be no splashing as the beer falls into the glass. It will instead simply flow down this gradient and if you take it slow it will come out nice and smoothly.
As you taper off you want to tilt the glass back to the upward position and finish off the dregs. This will create that great little bit of head that makes your beer look like it’s from a beer catalogue (they exist you know…). The perfect head here is a few centimeters high and no more, but there is an element of personal preference involve.
A beer might be best left as it is, but in some rare cases it can benefit from a lemon or lime. This depends on you, but it also depends on the beer. A Corona for instance is just not complete without a twist.
And enjoy that moment of ‘aaaaah’ as your entire body instantly relaxes…
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