How To Pour Beer

A beer pouring into a glass

Before we start I’d like to point out that pouring a beer may differ slightly between certain types of beer, such as a Pale Ale vs. Stout and bottles vs. cans vs. draught. The fundamentals are the same however you may wish to tweak timing or pour distance.

I would also like to mention that, when tasting and evaluating a beer,  it is critical that you drink it out of a glass. Furthermore, the type of glassware used can also have an impact. A post will be coming soon with more details on this subject.

1. Clean It

Make sure you always use a clean glass. A dirty glass containing oils, dirt or residuals from a previous beer can inhibit head creation and flavors.

2. Forty Five Degrees

Start with the glass at a 45 degree angle relative to the world and the ever constant tug of gravity.

3. Hit Your Mark

Pour the beer into the glass, hitting the mid-way point of the inside wall. Don’t be afraid to pour hard or add some distance between the glass and the beer vessel.

4. Level It Out

When the glass is around half full begin to level it out and shift your pouring mark to the center of the glass. If you attempt to remain fixed on the inside wall of the glass you’ll likely have a mess on your hands (and counter/table/floor/pants/whathaveyou).

You may also wish to gradually add some distance between the glass and beer vessel to inspire a good head. It also looks impressive.

5. Don’t Over-Do It

Just … don’t cause it to overflow. That’s a crummy thing to do.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Mike says:

    Nice! By sheer luck this is how I have been pouring my beers.

    On st Patrick’s day my coworker looked up how to pour a proper Guinness and it takes 108 seconds, and needs to be poured slowly. I don’t remember why.

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    1. scottdavey says:

      Haha. Nice! Well, I poured my beer as delicately as possible. I would tilt the glass at 45 however there would be little space between where the beer came out and the inside wall of the glass. I became very good at pouring a beer with absolutely no head… is that a skill? Maybe not one to boast about.


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