Written By: Peter Evans
Date: December 9, 2009
Youíve brewed the perfect batch and waited long enough, itís now time
for the unveiling of you latest creation! Here are some tips for
enjoying your beer and making sure others do as well:
First off we must recognize that it is hard to be 100% honest with
yourself about your own beer. Thatís not to say that youíre dishonest
with yourself or are incapable of impartiality, but like a slow child
or faithful old car, we tend to overlook some of the shortcomings and
focus in on the good only. Be honest with yourself and allow others to
be honest as well. If someone finds your beer a little too malty or
yeasty, so be it. Maybe itís a difference in preference. If your beer
is green and smells like old apples stuffed into used socks, maybe
inviting anyone over at all is a bad idea.
Snacks for your tasting are a good idea, definitely. Just be careful
of what kind of snacks you have. A full on BBQ is fun, and adds to the
social aspect of a beer tasting, but remember to taste before and/or
after eating. The flavor of your beer will resonate with whatever else
you happen to be throwing down your throat at the time and could take
away from the nuances of your home brew. Conversely, serving a variety
of baked breads and crackers with cheese (un-smoked) is a great warmer
upper and could actually help clear the pallet a little between sips.
As long as the cheese isnít too sharp this could work out well.
The temperature with which you serve your beer is another concern.
Typically, serving a beer that is too cold will dampen the taste buds
to the little characteristics of your beer reducing the quality to that
of the run of the mill lagers found at the local convenience store.
Above freezing is recommended. Something in the neighborhood of the
38-45 degree range. This is plenty cold, but not so cold youíll freeze
your taste buds.
Glasses are another concern. Large mouth glasses are the best for
several reasons. Having a glass with a mouth big enough to fit your
nose and lips into will cause that last minute intake of air to be all
beer. This will add the aroma to the flavor and actually intensify the
taste some. This also adds a bit of elegance and authenticity to your
tasting that plastic McDonaldís cups and narrow glasses would kill. In
addition to this, you will be able to drink more beer in one draw,
which we all know; more beer is always good beer.
You donít have to put up banners or take out a full page add in the
USA Today to announce your beer tasting to family and friends, usually
after one ďgoodĒ brew word of mouth will get out. You are not selling
your beer, so advertising is not needed; let the beer speak for its
self. Just remember youíre in this for you and how others feel about
your lifestyle and the quality of your last batch only matters a
little; itís how you feel that really counts.
Ways to Enjoy Your Beer
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