Serving a Proper Pint of Beer

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Pouring a beer correctly with the right amount of foam is a difficult task, and it took me quite some time to learn.

The right collar of foam is an essential part of the beer’s appeal to presentation and taste. It should be golden and perfectly carbonated, topped with a nice collar of foam. A properly poured glass of beer releases the right amount of carbon dioxide which makes it less filling.

The size of the head is determined by the angle at which you hold the glass under the beer faucet at the beginning of the draw. If you hold the glass straight, the beer will end up with a thick head, but it the glass is tilted sharply so that the beer flows down the side of the glass, the head will be short.

For a proper head in a round-bottom glass:

  1. Don’t tilt the glass, but place it straight up under the tap.
  2. Grasp the tap handle at the base and open the faucet all the way.
  3. This should top your beer with a ½” to 1” collar of foam.

For a proper head in a flat-bottom glass:

1. Hold the glass tilted slightly, but do not let it touch the beer faucet.

2. Open the faucet all the way, grasping the tap handle at the base.

3. Straighten the glass as the beer pours.

4. This should top your beer with a ½” to ¾” collar of foam.

TIP: Pulling the tap handle from the top will open the faucet too slowly and draw foamy beer.

The result? An eye-appealing, refreshing glass of your favorite beer.

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