Beer Etiquette Guide
Enjoying a round of beers at the local pub or a quiet beer at home is a long standing Australian tradition. However, according to Chuck Hahn, there is some basic beer etiquette that should be exercised to enrich the drinking experience...
Perfect the Pour - Contrary to popular belief, holding you beer glass on an angle does not make for a good pour. The best way to pour a beer is:
My Shout - If you venture to the pub with a friend and they say "Mate it's my shout", often it's not because they are being generous. You've most likely entered into a 'shout' and you are therefore duty-bound to return the favour before you leave the pub.
Clean Up Your Act - Freshly washed glassware plays an important role in serving the perfect beer. Unclean glassware results in flat unappealing beer presentation.
Swirl, Sniff and Sip - When drinking beer, much of what we are tasting is actually experienced through our sense of smell. To maximize the beer drinking experience, gently swirl the glass to release its aroma. Take a couple of short sniffs, then sip the beer and let it wash over your tongue to get the full taste. Savour the flavours and enjoy!
Check Your Temperature - Many people drink beer at icy cold (0-1°C) temperatures for refreshment. However, enjoying a beer at a slightly warmer temperature (4-5°C) allows you to notice the more subtle and complex flavours of the brew.
BYOB - It is widely understood that if you intend to drink at someones house you 'Bring your own beer'. However, it should be know that once the beer is inside the fridge it is technically 'public' property - so your beer is vulnerable. Our tip; always aim for the back corner of the fridge!
Know Your Stuff - The notes on the bottle next time you are enjoying an Ale, Lager or Porter - it will held you identify the many and varied flavours be they subtle, robust, citrus, spicy, floral or even chocolate!
Thanks to Lion Nathan for this great read!