Are You Serving These Mendocino Brews at the Right Temperature?


When it comes top the bottled beer you drink at your favorite restaurant, the rule of thumb is that chilled beer, as with all nearly all alcohol, is good for business. Still there are some guidelines for serving your favorite beers, and if you often play host, you may want to know them. Check out this quick chart from



Temperature Zones for Beer and Wine Service[1]
“Cool Cellar” – 50° – 55° F (13° C)

Beer: Richly-flavored, very malty & high-alcohol styles

Chilled – 46° F (8° C)

Beer: Standard ales, amber lager, dark lager, & ciders

Cold41° F (5° C)

Beer: Pale lagers, lightest ales, & sweeter fruit-flavored lambics

Ice Cold – 34° – 38° F (3° C)

Beer: none

While you might hear plenty of American mass produced beers hailing ice cold, crisp beer, beer just wasn’t meant to be served this way. Sure, you can drink it, but you’ll be missing out on a lot of flavor, aroma, and general taste appeal.

[1] 8. Serving Temperature Guidelines • Craft Beer Restaurant Reference Library. Craftbeerrestaurantcom. 2016. Available at: Accessed April 30, 2016.


IMG_2324Let’s start with our Imperial Barely Wine Ale. It’s beautifully amber in color with a faux-thick, heavy mouthfeel. A greet beer to let age,  the plentiful malted barley and hop flavors will become only more pronounced and define over time. At 11% ABV, this is a classic “Cool Cellar” beer.


IMG_2145Now for our White Hawk IPA we starter getting a littler colder, chilling our beers to around 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Nobody wants a warm IPA, but an ice cold India Pale Ale lacks the ability to provide the hop-driven aromatic experience we want out of our White Hawk.


OIMG_2175ur Butte Creak Pale Ale? Now this one you can serve cold at 41 degrees Fahrenheit. Light golden in color and perfect for the beach or river-side, this is a real
spring and summer beer you’re going to be keeping on the rocks in your cooler. This rules stays the same for our Blue Heron Pilsner and our Peregrine Pilsner.


Still unsure about what temperature your beer should at? Shoot us a message and we’ll get this covered for you!


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