At home, you should let the can chill for at least 3 hours before pouring the contents of the can into a large glass in one smooth action.
If you’re interested in pouring a proper – dare I say, perfect – pint, then check out these 4 steps. Even if you think you already have what it takes, I’d challenge you to read it still. Who knows? You may be missing something. If not, at least your skills will be reaffirmed.
Step 2: Open the faucet quickly and swiftly (seriously, don’t be shy about it), and begin pouring beer down the side of the glass until it is about half full. It’s also important, if you’re using a longer tap handle, to grab it from the base of the handle. Too often, people grab from the top of the handle, and end up snapping it right off.
Step 3: Once your beer is about half-full, gradually bring the glass to an upright position, and aim for the middle to start crafting your head. You can also slowly add distance between the tap and the glass as you approach your finish to improve the head even further. A good head is somewhere between 1 to 1.5 inches or 1 to 2 fingers wide.
Step 4: When your glass is full, close the tap quickly and swiftly – again, not too forceful, working it from the base. Now, it’s time to drink.
Step 2: Pour the beer slowly down the side of the glass. Aim for the midpoint of the glass as you pour. This allows the beer to flow smoothly without splashing or releasing too much of the carbonation.
Step 3: Begin to tilt the glass upright as the level of the beer reaches the top.
Step 4: Once your glass is at a 90-degree angle, pour the beer into the centre of the glass to create a proper head of foam. Just like with on draft you can add a little distance between your glass and the bottle or can to help create the right amount of head.
That’s all easy enough to follow, right? Believe it or not, the way you pour your beer is as important as what you choose to serve it in. Cheers to good beer and perfectly poured pints!