The taste of beer is not something that everyone instantly enjoys. For some people, beer is an acquired taste. To appreciate the alcoholic brew it’s essential to learn how to enjoy the flavour, smell and taste.
If you don’t like beer, it’s probably because you’ve been drinking the types of beer that are not compatible with your taste buds. Premium and high quality craft beers are produced to expand your taste experience and to show you there is more to beer than you may think.
The best way to learn about beer is to make notes every time you drink it. Instead of guzzling down a pint without paying much attention to the flavour or body, pause to think about beer in a new way.Make notes on:
- Appearance – Consider the colour of the beer and its frothy head. Get creative and think outside the box. Look beyond using obvious words like ‘tan’ or ‘dark’.
- Aroma – Beer has a distinctive smell. Take a whiff and see if you can identify the individual ingredients like hops, malt and yeast.
- Taste – Think about the ways in which wine connoisseurs describe their favourite tipple. Take a mouthful of beer and savour the taste before writing down the descriptive words that come to mind.
- Mouthfeel – How the beer feels in your mouth plays a big part in your overall enjoyment of the beverage. Is the beer too fizzy, thin or thick?
- Overall Impression – Give the beer a mark out of 10, carefully considering whether or not you’d enjoy another glass.
When learning to enjoy beer it’s a good idea to start off with lighter flavours and to work your way up to the more extreme brews. Although you may initially think that one type of beer tastes very much like another you’ll quickly be surprised to learn that this is simply not the case. The more varieties of beer you try, the more likely you are to find a beer that tastes like golden nectar to you.
Beer And Cheese Pairings
For a long while brewers have known that beer and cheese make excellent social companions. In fact, some breweries even make their own cheese to perfectly complement their range of artisan premium craft beers.
One of the reasons why cheese and beer
work so well together is carbonation. Unlike wine, beer is carbonated, and the bubbles in the beverage help to clean the palate of the fatty deposits found in the cheese.
Perfect PartnersMature Cheddar
The strong flavours of mature cheddar need to be balanced with a beer that can cut right through it. Hoppy IPAs are the ideal partner.Brie
Light and fruity beers are the perfect accompaniment for creamy, soft cheeses like Brie.Mild Cheeses
Soft and mild cheeses like Goat’s cheese or Mozzarella need to be paired with a beer that doesn’t overpower their delicate flavour. Opt for a light Belgian or German beer that brings out the taste of the cheese.Stinky Cheeses
Strong and smelly cheeses like Roquefort and Stilton can easily handle a beer that matches their strength. Look for a premium craft beer that packs a punch.
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