Brewing point: How to enjoy your beer the right way
MANILA, Philippines – Who doesn’t love beer? It’s a delicious, straightforward, no-frills drink.
As long as it “gets the job done”(i.e. gives you that happy buzz), it’s good enough to enjoy during a night out, over dinner with some friends, or while watching TV at home.
But true beer lovers think differently. They pay attention to beer’s taste, smell, and even how they drink it.
Whether they prefer it straight from the bottle or poured from the tap, they demand top quality.
Even if you're just a casual fan, or still learning to love this drink, you can learn a thing or two from how the “connoisseurs” enjoy their beer.
Know your beer
Beer can be served in two ways: it can be drunk straight from a chilled bottle, or poured from a pressurized keg (what we know as draft beer).
Restaurants serve bottled beer more often as it’s easier to store. A number of bars are more likely to offer draft beer options these days.
Taste matters and beer lovers have different preferences. Some like the bitter and heavy taste of dark beers, others like it light and crisp, while there are those who prefer a sweet and malty flavor. (READ: A match made in beer heaven)
Here are draft beer options available in select bars in the Metro:
Drink and enjoy
After you’ve picked your draft beer, enjoy it the right way:
- Notice color, aroma consistency – How does your beer look like? What’s the color, the head (or foam), and consistency of your beer?
- Take a whiff –Slowly swirl the beer in your mug or glass then take a whiff. Enjoy the pleasant malty, hoppy, and fruity aromas.
- Sip it – Feel the beer in your tongue and palate. Taste the sweetness imparted by the malt and the bitterness imparted by the hops.
- Drink it in the right temperature –Draft Beer should always be served cold. The recommended serving temperature is less than 10 degrees Celsius.
It pays to know how you like your beer. At the end of the day, though, drinking beer isn’t really complicated. That’s the point of having a beer: to let loose, relax, and have fun.
Have you made your choice? Which variant do you prefer? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below! – Rappler.com