How to Pour the Perfect Draft Beer
There is nothing quite like a crisp and refreshing draft beer straight from the tap, don’t you think? While many of us might sit mesmerized as we watch the bartender pour a draft, did you know there’s a lot more to it than just pulling a leaver? In fact, the proper pouring technique will help maximize the beer’s flavor, aroma, and mouthfeel. 

Whether you are a restaurant or bar owner, it’s crucial to teach your bar staff (or yourself!) how to pour the perfect draft. To help you out, we’ve put together a few simple steps to follow. Before you know it, you’ll be mastering the art of the perfect pour in no time at all.

The Perfect Draft Pour in Five Steps

Before we get started, it’s essential to make sure you have a good ratio of both beer and foam. Depending on the style, brand, and type of beer, you’ll soon work out which beers have a heavy foam and which beers don’t. Experts say that a good head is somewhere between 1 to 1.5 inches or 1 to 2 fingers wide. Remember, it’s important to avoid over-pouring. You’ll want to prevent excess waste and not pour your money (or beer in this case) down the drain. 

  • Start with a rinse: Begin by rinsing your beer glass with water to remove any remaining detergents or residues that may be found in the glass. Rinsing your glass beforehand will also help with the foam formation at the end of your pour. 
  • Get a handle on it: Instead of slowly pulling the handle down, open the faucet in one quick and swift movement. It’s also important to note that if you’re using a longer tap handle, grab it from the base for a proper, firm grip.
  • Hold it at an angle: Hold your glass at a 45-degree angle and begin pouring. Pour until the glass is around half full. Try to keep the glass a bit below the faucet, and make sure it doesn’t touch the actual faucet. Dirt, dust, or bacteria on and inside this area can contaminate the beer.
  • Turn it around: Once the beer is about half-full, gradually turn the glass so that you are holding it at a 90-degree angle (upright) as you reach the end of your pour. Stop pouring just before the beer level reaches the top of the glass to leave room for about an inch of foam. When your glass is full, close the tap quickly to avoid any waste.
  • Let it Settle: Allow for the glass of beer to settle. The carbonation will increase the head slightly as the beer starts to settle. Place the beer gently on the counter or table to avoid any spillage. Nobody likes holding a sticky beer glass. Serve, drink up, and enjoy!

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