MANILA, Philippines – There’s nothing quite like cold beer to take a day’s worries away – and while it’s perfectly fine straight from the bottle, there’s actually a 9-step ritual that will make your liquid redemption taste even better.
Now, while a 9-step pouring ritual may seem a tad obssessive, don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. This centuries-old custom, created and perfected by the beer masters at Stella Artois, delivers a fine pint with just the right amount of froth and a full beer flavor.
The Ritual goes something like this:
1. The Purification
The glass (in this case, a chalice) is rinsed in cold water to chill it and remove any thumbprints, marks, dust, or anything else that might get in your beer.
2. The Sacrifice
The beer tap is opened and left to run so that the first few drops don’t make it to the glass (they are the sacrifice). This makes sure that only the freshest beer makes it to the final pour.
3. Liquid Alchemy
Hold the glass at a 45-degree angle to get a good amount of foam. Contrary to popular belief, the foam is important as it keeps the beer tasting fresh. You can do this even when pouring from a bottle.
4. The Crown
Slowly straighten the glass to form the perfect head of foam.
5. The Removal
Here’s where you need some degree of coordination: close the nozzle of the tap while removing the glass from under it.
6. The Skimming
Take a skimmer and chop the top of the head off at a 45-degree angle. This step will remove the large, loose bubbles that can affect the taste.
7. The Judgement
Check to see if you have 3-centimeters of foam. You should have exactly that.
8. The Cleansing
Carefully dip the glass in a cold bath to give it a final rinse.
9. The Bestowal
Admire your handiwork! This is the moment where you can enjoy the feeling of being #blessed – and with the perfect pint in your hands just waiting to get in your belly, how could you not?
See exactly how it’s done here:
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