Beer Tip of the Week – Episode 8 – To Chill or Not to Chill

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Here is the reality. Most beers are served too cold and this is a bad thing. I remember growing up and seeing signs at the local bars that said, “Coldest beer in town.” The only problem with this is that most beers aren’t meant to be served at super frigged levels. By drinking your beer extremely cold, it does two things.

  1. It doesn’t allow the beer to open up and reveal all of it’s wonderful aromas.
  2. It numbs your tastes buds and inhibits you from being able to experience the full flavor of the beer.

Now certain beer companies serve their beers at extremely low temperatures to disguise the real taste of the beer (which would be categorized as disgusting). I see this as one of Big Business greatest conspiracies to dupe the American beer drinker. They want you to think that you need to drink beer really cold. Then they can sell you their crap and have you think that it is good. To use a friends analogy, “it’s like the Wal-Mart greeter. They’re there to make you feel happy about all the crap you’re about to buy.”

Beer Temp Chart

Well I’m sorry. I’m not happy.

So what temperature should you drink your beer at? That is a wonderful question, and I’m glad you asked. Each style of beer actually has a different temperature. The general rule is to drink it at the same temperature that it was fermented at. If you’re like me, you’re not going to go out and research to see what temperature your beer was fermented at. So I’ve included a handy chart from herestobeer.com that will give you an idea of what temperature your beer should be served.

So here is your homework for this week. Get a beer with which you are familiar with the flavor. Now take your time drinking it and take note of how the flavor and smell changes as the temperature of the beer changes.

Until next time, enjoy your beer.



  • http://www.two10eleven.com/blog Brook Sarver

    Newckie Brown is my favorite. Thanks for showcasing it! How’s that new baby boy?

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  • http://thebeerean.com GregQualls

    No problem Brook…Asa is doing great. We’re a little tired, but things are great.