This week, we’re covering some questions that have plagued us for ages. We’ll discern whether these ways to serve your beer are just antiquated myths or reasonable pieces of advice that we should all be considering.
#1. Restaurants generally provide you with a shaker pint glass when you order a bottle of beer. Does it matter whether or not you use it?
There’s something about cracking open your own bottle of beer and immediately taking a big swig off that chilled brown bottle. It feels like connection, and there’s comfort in it. Why bother taking the next step and pouring it into the shaker?
Here’s the deal, pouring your bottled beer into a shaker pint offers the drinker a lot of great opportunities. Firstly, as the beer exits the bottle, you’re enhancing the aromatic experience that was created by the brewers who put so much work into making it. You’ll get a good look at the beer’s color, weight, and carbonation: a kind of preview into the quality of the beer you’re about to enjoy.
#2 Is there a point to rinsing your glass before you pour your beer into it?
I rarely see this done, but as it turns out, there’s good reason to rinse out your beer glass just before filling it up. Rinsing your glass in cold water gets rid of any dust or left over dish detergent that’s gotten stuck to the side of the glass. Another plus, according to Brew-ed.com, is that “beer pours better onto a wet surface than a dry one as the friction of a dry glass can cause CO2 to come out of solution and create foam.”
#3 Are their still people who put salt in there beer? Is there ever a reason for salting your beer?
This seems to be an old-timers trick, but occasionally you’ll catch a man sprinkling salt into his pint of beer. What’s the deal? It could be that salt enhances the malt flavors in the brew or reduces the perceived bitterness in a hoppy beer. Adding salt will briefly give the beer a foamier head, a trick for looks alone.
My opinion? Don’t do it. Beer is made to taste the way the brewmaster intended it. Unless you’re drinking the worst beer of your life and feel like taking a risk, put the salt down.
What do you think? Will this make you think twice about the way you drink your beer the next time you go out?
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