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Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's good to give head...

Posted By on Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 5:44 PM

ON YOUR DRAUGHT BEER that is (get your mind out of the gutter people, gosh), because the perfect pour has a one-inch head of foam on top of the beer. The science of combining food and beer in the stomach …

Have you ever washed down your dinner with a draught and ended up blowing up like Violet from the Willy Wonka factory? Well that’s because beer has gas in it, and when you put that into your body, well … pop goes the weasel. But there are ways around it other than losing the belt and having Mylantas for dessert.

At Tilt on Tuesday night, my buddy with Budweiser performed a science experiment to show us why it’s good to give head. Head, as in an inch of foam on the top of your beer. Beer is 25 percent foam, and you don’t want to lose it.

Exhibit A:

On my left we have a beer poured without head, and on the right we have a beer with head.

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Exhibit B:

This is what happens when you insert food into the equation (as in in your stomachs).

exhibit-b-beer.jpg

... you see why it's good to give head!

In order to avoid being bloated and bubbly, just stop trying so hard … you know, pouring with precision, all slow trying to flat line the top of your beer … just pick up your beer, and pour it down the middle of the glass at a normal speed. And make sure that when you go out your server serves you head (yes, we’re still talking about foam). A good play by play for a bartender is grabbing the tap from the handle base and straightening the glass while pouring.

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