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11 Misconceptions About Beer

Are you drinking your beer ice cold? Do you think drinking from a bottle is best? Do you think “Skunky” is a just a funny term for beer that has gone bad? If you answered yes to any of those questions, keep on reading!

11 Misconceptions About Beer

(Original article from Mental Floss)

1. Beer Should Be Served Ice Cold

All of those neon ice cold beer signs are actually bad news for beer drinkers. To properly enjoy their beer, it should be served at 44 degrees Fahrenheit (with a little leeway depending on the type of beer you’re drinking—a barrel-aged Stout, for example, should be served only lightly chilled). The reason is that taste buds become dead to the taste of the drink when it is served any colder, which means you’re not really tasting anything or getting the most enjoyment out of your beer.

Beer Bottles on Ice
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2. Frosted Beer Mugs Keep It Classy

Piggybacking on the falsehood that beer should be guzzled cold, it also shouldn’t be served in a frosted beer mug. Would you serve wine in a frosted glass? No. An intensely cold beer mug will also numb your senses to the taste of the beer.

Frosted Beer Mug
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3. All Dark Beers Are Heavy

If you’ve been avoiding dark beers because you fear their intensity, you’ve been sorely misguided. “People naturally assume they are heavier,” says Hallie Beaune, a rep for Allagash Brewing Company and author of The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer. “I think it’s that connection to Guinness, which promotes itself as creamy and almost like a meal, that’s the feeling they give in their commercials. For a lot of people that’s the first dark beer they’ve had so they assume they’re all similar when, really, dark beers are just dark because of the roast level of the malt that’s used in the beer.”

Dark Beers
Image By: Grist Magazine

 

Want to know what else you might be wrong about when it comes to your favourite beverage?
Check out Mental Floss’ article for #4-11!

 

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