5 Things Beer Lovers Should Know


Should you drink your beer ice cold?

Many (if not most) beers seem to taste best when served very cold - refrigerator temperature, in other words. But there are certain styles that shine when less chilled. Try enjoying British - and Belgian-style ales at a still refreshing 44 to 48 degrees Fahrenheit, which is also known as "cellar temperature." You may find you notice more fruit and herbal aromas with each sip.


Why is it called a "draft"?

The words come from the Old English "dragan" meaning "to carry" or "pull". It was then developed into a series of related words including "draught, "drag," and "draw". "Draught" is the preferred term in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, while "draft" is more common in North America. Although it can be spelled many ways, the pronunciation is the same (and it rhymes with "craft").


Do drafts taste better?

Drafts are often considered tastier when compared to beer from bottles and cans. Drafts are stored in kegs or casks, and are not exposed to as much air (which may cause a degradation of taste. Draft beer is also not pasteurized (heated to kill bacteria), so more of the original, fresh flavor is retained.


How to take care of your beer!

Beer bottles should always be stored upright; if you lay them on their sides, something called a "yeast ring" can develop inside. And be sure to store beer in a cool, dark place. In most cases, it's best to consume it within three months, though some beers can be aged for much longer.