In case you missed out on our beer tasting, here are some tips on How to Taste Beer:
The perfect pour
Pour the beer into a clean glass. Any glass will do, but a tulip glass is best. If there’s a lot of carbonation, tilt the glass to make sure the head of the beer isn’t too large. If there’s low carbonation, pour the beer straight into the center of the glass to agitate the beer enough to give it a head of foam.
Smell the roses, or in this case the beer
Swirl the beer around in the glass and put your nose right in there. Inhale several times. Warm it up in your hands to release more aromas if you need to by cupping the part of the cup where the liquid is. If you’re still having trouble, put your palm over the top of the glass and swirl for a few seconds, trapping the aromas in the glass. Then smell.
Check it out
Hold your glass up to a light and tilt it a little. Check out the colour, whether it’s clear or hazy, and how much of a head stays on the top of the beer. You can expect different looks for different styles, and the only way to know them all is to practice (drink).
Back to the smells
Swirl it up again and stick your nose back in it. The beer will be more agitated and warmer after the first three steps. Note the differences from the first smell.
Finally, it’s time to take a sip. Take in just enough to coat your mouth. When you swallow, keep your mouth closed and exhale through your nose. Take note of the initial flavours you notice, the intermediate flavours, and the aftertaste.
Take one more sip, this time focusing on the weight of the beer. Compare it to other beers of the same style you’ve had before.