The Virtual Beer Technician offering homebrew troubleshooting and repair advice!

Find Brewing Related Shows
Bookmark Us! - Ctrl+D
Find Unique
Beer Gifts at

Shop for



Just Farting Around?

 • Brewing Tools
 • Beer Carb Calc.
 • Beer Styles
 • Recipes
 • Starter Kits
 • Beer Musicicon
 • Beer Apps
 • Beer Links
 • Gluten Free Beer
 • Got Beer Belly?
 • Mobile

Today in

 • Drink Beer - Get Thin
 • Video Downloads
Fun Beer Stuff
 • Online Flatulence (farts)
 • Strange Brew
Sponsored Links
Commercial Loans
Apply Now

Your Ad Here

Food & Drink
 • Coffee
 • Root Beer
 • Energy Drinks
 • Cream Soda
 • Ginger Beer
 • Hot Sauces
Misc. Stuff
 • Free Online Games
 • Space
 • Link2Us
 • Articles

If you found our site useful,
support us here.


How to Pour a Beer

by Daniel Erickson
The Pour

Okay, so this has been bothering me for awhile - half the time I watch somebody attempt to pour a beer it is one of the most pitiful things I have ever seen. Pouring a beer into a glass isn't science; in fact, it's pretty easy if you know the basics. Below is the basic pour - I used a Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout for this demonstration, but this works well for ales, lagers, and stouts. Okay, let's dive in.

1. Grab your favorite brew and pop 'er open. While holding your glass at 45 degrees begin your pour. Hold the beer off the lip and aim for the center of the glass.

2. Continue pouring until the beer is roughly half empty.

3. When you approach the half empty point straighten your glass to 90 degrees and pour right down the middle.

4. As you're pouring down the middle start increasing the distance between the glass and your bottle/can.

5. End the pour a few inches above the glass.

That's it! You should have a perfectly poured beer if you follow those simple steps.

Hefeweizens and Pilsners

That method works well for most beers, but with hefeweizens and pilsners I generally follow a slightly different method.

Hefeweizens are often more carbonated and have unfiltered yeast which you may or may not want to include in your beer. When pouring your hefeweizen start with your glass at the 45 degree angle and pour to about half empty. If you want to include the yeast from the bottle stop here, swirl the bottle around to gather the sediment from the bottom, and continue your pour at the 45 degree angle. If you don't want any yeast there is no need to stop the pour but when your reach the end slowly tilt the bottle up and leave the sediment in the bottle.

For pilsners, which are generally less carbonated, you can pour straight down the middle of the glass but don't go crazy. I hold the bottle right above the glass and pour straight down the middle without increasing my distance until the end to create the head.

Remember, the head is key (that's what she said!); it releases the aromatics of the beer and opens up the flavor so don't skimp and pour a headless beer.

The Glass

I am going to touch briefly on pouring beer into the right glass. I poured my into a pint glass (coincidentally the right glass for this type of beer), but that was just dumb luck. Check out the list of glasses and the beers that go with them at - it's pretty intense. I don't subscribe to this; I keep pint and hefeweizen glasses handy but that's about it. Maybe I'm just not a beer connoisseur, but I like beer and worrying about the proper glass just kills the experience. So, if you choose to pour it follow those steps; if not, drink 'er right out of the bottle.

About the Author: - Dan is a contributor to Stop over for all your how-to articles, beer, and bar reviews.

More Articles

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.

Search terms: how to start a brewpub, how to start a brewery, how to start a micro-brewery, how to start a brewery/restaurant, how to start a restaurant/brewery, how to start a microbrewery, how to start a brew pub, how to open a brewpub, how to open a brewery, how to open a micro-brewery, how to open a brewery/restaurant, how to open a restaurant/brewery, how to open a microbrewery, how to open a brew pub, starting a brewpub, starting a brewery, starting a micro-brewery, starting a brewery/restaurant, starting a restaurant/brewery, starting a microbrewery, starting a brew pub, opening a brewpub, opening a brewery, opening a micro-brewery, opening a brewery/restaurant, opening a restaurant/brewery, opening a microbrewery, opening a brew pub

Expand your brewing knowledge with these beer & brewing books and magazines

E-mail mike[AT] or check out the FAQ if your problem is not listed here.

| Home | About Us | Privacy Policy | FAQ | Newbies | Search |



Homebrewing Supplies

Making your own home brewed beer is fun and rewarding.
Find equipment, ingredients, starter kits, kegerators and more.

- Additives - Barley - Bottle Caps - Bottling Supplies - Carboys - Fermenters - Dry Malt Extract - False Bottoms - Grain - Grain Mills - Hops - Hydrometers - Kegging - Liquid Malt Extract - Mash Tuns - Refractometers - Sanitizers - Stainless Equipment - Starter Kits - Straining - Tap Handles - Wort Chillers - Yeast

Shop for Brewery/Brand Specific Merchandise
Alaskan Brewing ~ Anheuser-Busch ~ Blatz ~ Brooklyn Brewery ~ Bud Light ~ Budweiser ~ Chimay ~ Coors ~ Coors Light ~ Corona ~ Dos Equis ~ Duff (Simpsons) ~ Duvel ~ Fosters ~ Genesee ~ Guinness ~ Heineken ~ Iron City ~ Killian's~Lagunitas ~ Lindemans ~ Michelob ~ Mickeys ~ Miller Genuine Draft ~ Miller High Life ~ Miller Lite ~ Molson ~ Moosehead ~ Negra Modelo ~ New Belgium ~ Pabst ~ Pacifico ~ Paulaner ~ Red Stripe ~Rogue ~ Samuel Adams ~ Schlitz ~ Sierra Nevada ~ Stella Artois ~ St. Pauli Girl ~ Stone Brewing ~ Tecate ~Yuengling ~

Beer Goes Good With:
Bacon - BBQ - Caviar - Cheese - Cheescake - Chocolate - Coffee - Hot Sauce - Jerkey
Lobster - Mushrooms - Nuts - Oysters - Pretzels - Sausage - Steak - Truffles - Venison -

Translate This Page
| Ubersetzen Sie Diese Seite - German | Traduzca Esta Pagina - Spanish |
| Traduisez Cette Page - French | Traduca Questa Pagina - Italian | Traduza Esta Pagina - Portuguese |

Copyright © 1999 - Present Mike Snyder
You Make A Difference

Visit Our Other Sites: - - -
Thank you for visiting for Home Brew Help, Homebrew Help, Homebrewing Help. We hope we helped you solve your Homebrew Problem, Home Brew Problem, Homebrewing Problem.

Trust me on this one! Be responsible, don't drink and drive!

Apply for a Commercial Loan