How to Host a Beer Dinner
Like any gastronomic experience, the proper
setting and preparation can mean the difference
between an ordinary experience and a fabulous
one. Here are a few things to consider when
enjoying American craft beer and food.
Taste from less to more intense. Alcohol, hops,
roast malt and sweetness can tire your palate, so
it’s wise to put the more delicate beers at the
start of the tasting.
Glassware matters. Proper glassware shows off
the color, supports the head, ahd focuses the
aroma of beer for the best possible tasting
experience. All classic European beer styles have
a traditional glass, and American versions usually
work well in those. Whatever the glass, make
sure it is spotlessly clean. Stronger beers should
be served in smaller portions.
Observe proper serving temperatures. Each
beer tastes best at certain temperature.
Serving a beer too cold masks a lot of flavor and
aroma. Served too warm, beer loses its
wonderful refreshing quality.
Control the setting. There are many different
types of tasting experiences, from formal judging
to casual drinking. In all instances, providing a
comfortable environment free from distractions
will enhance the experience and show off the
beers at their best. Light, noise, smoke, room
temperature and many other things need to be
Don’t overdo it. Whether in a beer tasting or a
dinner, tasting too many beers can lead to palate
overload. Try to limit the number of beers to six
to eight tasting portions. Beer contains alcohol,
so please enjoy responsibly
Article provided by the Brewers Association, as
seen on their website www.beertown.org