Serving Beer

The Serving Beer section is about anything that involves finished beer. It includes what containers beer comes in, how to pour a proper head of froth, serving temperature, pairing with food, and aging beer.

Beer Casks, Kegs, Bottles and Cans

Beer comes in all different types of containers. Learn about Cask sizes and beer engines for serving beer. Learn about Keg sizes and keg systems for serving beer. Learn about the Volumes, Shapes, Colors, and Labels for beer bottles and cans. Learn about beer container Caps, Swivels, Corks, Hooded Wires, Capsules, Foil, and Wax.

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Beer Froth

How much foam should you have when you pour your beer? Conditioned beer has dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2) or nitrogen (N2) in it. Some beer styles have more than others. Learn how to pour these different beer styles!

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Serving Temperature

Should all beer styles be served ice-cold? Some styles are brewed to be served cold, such as light lagers. Other beer styles are brewed to be served at cellar temperatures, such as the pungy, real ales from England. Beer is commonly served too cold, which makes the aroma faint and the flavor too bitter. Learn what temperature to serve all the beer styles at.

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A beer tasting is an event where multiple beers are compared and contrasted. The purpose can be for fun, education, or competition. The setting can be casual or structured. The method can be open or blind, vertical or horizontal, or sensory. Learn about all these tasting characteristics, and also how to host your own.

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Food Pairings

What beer should you choose for the menu you have planned? Bitter beer, like the popular IPA, tastes great together with piquant (spicy) food recipes. Each beer style can complement or contrast certain recipes, and some have "classic" pairings as well. Learn beer style pairings with flavors in appetizers, main dishes, and desserts!

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Aging Beer

Can you age your beer? Aging is also called Maturation. It is the method of storing beer to smoothen and blend any sharp flavors and aromas. It should be done in proper storage conditions for the best results. Aging is usually done to beers with high alcohol content (more than 10%) and complexities in flavor and aroma. Learn which beers to age, the effect of aging beer, how to age beer, the appropriate time to age beer, and proper storage conditions.

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