The Foam on Top of My Beers Means I Get Less Beer
There are many different names for the foam sitting on top of your brew, and no, it does not mean you offended the bartender. It actually serves a purpose! This foam is created when bubbles nucleate as the beer is poured. The proteins in the brew attach to the CO2 bubbles, resulting in foam. The foam can soften the taste of the beer and enhance the overall experience. However, it’s important to maintain a balanced foam-to-beer ratio. We recommend around 1″-1 ½” of foam for optimal enjoyment. If you have too much foam and don’t mind it, try stirring your beer with a finger. The oils on your skin will dissolve the bubbles more quickly.
Beer Before Liquor Means You’ll Get Sick
“Beer before liquor and you’ll never be sicker, but liquor before beer and you’re in the clear” is a commonly heard phrase, especially among college students. However, it’s not entirely true. A beer and a shot contain the same amount of alcohol, and your body processes them in the same way. All alcoholic drinks, including beer, can dehydrate you, although it may take longer to consume the equivalent amount of alcohol in beer compared to shots. Rehydrating your body with water between drinks can help replenish lost fluids.
Beer Is Better in Bottles Than Cans
There’s a certain charm and luxury associated with drinking beer straight from a bottle, as glass bottles can give the impression of a more upscale experience. On the other hand, cans are often associated with cheap, chuggable beers that are not meant to be savored. However, cans are actually more effective in preserving the freshness and quality of the beer. Canned beer has a longer shelf life than bottled beer, as light can penetrate glass more easily than aluminum, and cans are less likely to allow oxygen to leak in. Regardless of the container, beer is best enjoyed from appropriate glassware, such as pint glasses or tulip glasses. This allows you to enjoy the frothy foam and enhance your tasting experience with the aroma.
Beer Is Best Served Ice Cold, Always
Beer commercials often depict beer being enjoyed straight out of the fridge or an ice box, creating the expectation that all beer should be consumed at a chilled temperature. While this may be true for some beers, it doesn’t apply to all. Lagers, for example, are perfect for enjoying ice-cold on a hot summer day because they are typically fermented under cold conditions. Ales, such as IPAs, Ambers, Browns, or Blondes, are best served between 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit (7-13 degrees Celsius). These beers have complex flavors that can become muted if served too cold. Stronger and darker beers are often recommended to be served at room temperature or slightly chilled.