How to Taste Beer

How to Taste Beer

  • Temperature – Ales vs. Lagers
  • Glassware – Use it!
  • Pour – Head is good
  • Swirl
  • Sniff
  • Taste

How to Pair Beer and Food in 3 Easy Steps!

Step 1. Analyze the Food and Beer

Food - Acidity / Sharpness, Fruitiness, Nuttiness

Beer – Body, Carbonation, Hops, Malt

Step 2. Discover Similarities –  

        Caramel Malt Flavor in Beer – Caramelization on Food (ie grilling)

Herbal Hop Flavor in Beer – Herbal Notes in Food

 

Step 3. Discover Contrasts –

High Carbonation Balances Fat/Richness

Residual Sweetness in Beer Balances Heat in Food

  • The best pairings will have both similarities and differences

 

The bottom line: Drink the beer you like with the food you like and you can’t go wrong!