So you have ordered your first craft beer or have been drinking craft for a while and want to get more out of the experience? Try these steps for not only drinking but also “tasting” the creation in your hand.
1. Gather the goods – Select a beer that you are interested in trying or our recommendation below. It’s important to have the right glass for the intended beverage for the aroma to come across as designed. When doing the actual pour, an appropriate amount of head is half an inch, or two fingers.
2. Gaze at the beauty – The color and clarity will help pronounce the type of beer you are about to enjoy. For example, a pilsner will have a lighter color and be slightly hazy. Once poured, examine the head. Did it pour half an inch easily? If not, it could mean there is something wrong with the brew.
3. Take in the aroma – It’s time to seep those wonderful aromas into those nostrils of yours. A colder beer with a large layer of head will be harder to gain a smell from, vice versa, a warmer beer with a small amount of head will be more aromatic. And remember, taste begins with smell, so what would be more natural to do next than taste the beer?
4. Sip the amazing nectar – Pay attention to where the flavors hit on the tongue, when it hits is also important. The aftertaste is just as important as the beginning taste. Let the beer linger in the mouth to help gain distinction between flavors. Another trait to feel out, is the heaviness of the beer. Lagers tend to be lighter, while stouts are heavier. If you want to try another taste, cleanse your palate in between by taking a sip of water or consuming a cracker.
In the future, we’ll be recommending our own beers but that doesn’t mean you have wait, so here is one we enjoy and think you should try!
Recommendation: Trader Joe’s 2012 Vintage Ale
Accessible and affordable – Trader Joe’s 2012 Vintage Ale is a great beer to try or give as a gift this season. Brewed by Unibroue in Quebec, Canada, the dark Belgian-style ale will delight your senses. It’s mildy sweet with an aroma of cocoa and mulling spices.
Test your new tasting skills with this brew. At $4.99 for a 750ml bottle, you don’t have much to lose!