Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tasting Tips Part 1

As we all know, the sense of smell is a huge part of the enjoyment of any food. Well, the same goes for beer. If you drink straight out of the bottle or can, you're missing at least half of the experience. Of course, that's probably what the Macros want, as you've seen in our reviews how pungent the smell can be. Another part is the visual element. As we've seen in our tastings, the Macros look anemic even on the best day. To be honest, if you were to drink a craft beer in the same way, you might not be inclined to pursue others, especially after hearing how great it is, without realizing you've just missed two thirds of the experience! However, pour that beer into the proper glass, and you'll see the craftsmanship that went into making that beautiful color, bubbles and head. Contrary to what the Macros will tell you, you want a decent head on the beer. That head helps to open up the aroma and beckon you to move closer for an even bigger whiff. Once you've seen what the beer looks like and enjoyed the aroma, you're ready to take the plunge and taste. Being able to see and smell, as well as taste your beer at the same time, is the whole purpose behind the glass. Now there are a multitude of different glasses out there for different styles and even different brands that are supposed to enhance your beer. We've tested many of these glasses and settled on the Duvel tulip glass. A truly remarkable glass that is designed for one thing...to help you enjoy the beer that your tasting. Trust us. Try a craft beer in the bottle (or can), and then try it in the glass. You'll be amazed at the difference it makes and how much that glass enhances the experience. Another glass to try is Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass. Let us know what you think! BTW, Duvel beer is quite tasty, too! Links to follow...

Duvel glass

Sam Adams glass

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