Beer Meister’s July Thoughts – Tommy Brennan
Hello fellow beer aficionados, imbibers and nerds. Welcome back to another one of my beer blogs. As the summer starts to heat up I got to thinking about cold beer. Well, to be honest, I think about it a lot in my position here. I also got to thinking about the correct temperature for beer to be enjoyed at. Why? Just because; Actually I got to thinking about 6 years back when I was slinging suds on the Jersey Shore. A couple of sales guys were coming in to check out my beer lines at the time as we were looking into a new draft system. They were bragging that their beer lines could keep the beer at thirty degrees from keg to glass. That’s just a smidge below freezing, and then my buddy and I got to talking about the proper temperature. Now, we had a few craft beer lines at that place, but mostly your easy drinking light beers mostly on special for two bucks a night. Which I’m sure if you wanted to let’s say “tap the rockies”, wouldn’t be an issue.
For craft beer though, that’s just too cold. You lose all of the subtle nuances that the brewers put in there for your enjoyment. So I’ve stolen a little list of temperatures that you can go by to enjoy your wonderfully crafted beer to the fullest.
- 35–40°F (2–4°C): Mass market light lagers
- 40–45°F (4–7°C): Czech and German Pilsners, Munich Helles, wheat beers, and Kölsch
- 45–50°F (7–10°C): IPAs, American pale ales, porters, and most stouts
- 50–55°F (10–13°C): Belgian ales, sour ales, Bocks, English bitters and milds, Scottish ales
- 55–60°F (13–16°C): Barleywines, imperial stouts, Belgian strong ales, and Doppelbocks
Now, most craft beer joints, such as us, make sure that all the beers pour at around 34 to 35 degrees. Reason being is the amount of foam that pours out. If a beer is coming from a keg “too hot” then you’re going to have a lot of foamy issues. A lot of the connoisseurs that come through these doors let their beer rest for a little bit; especially the dark ones. There really is nothing better than a warmed up imperial stout.
So, next time you grab an ice cold brew, think about the temps. Let it sit a little bit and then try a sip. You’ll be glad you did.
Now that we’re passed the technicalities of temperature for taste, let’s talk about a special tasting coming up. This month we’ll be taking our Kegs & Eggs Tour to Neshaminy Creek in Croydon, PA. Leading up to the event we’ll have some of their really good beer on tap here to get a taste of things to come.
Located in lower Bucks County, PA they actually use the Neshaminy Creek as the water source for all of their beer. They brew great beer that’s got a little edge to it. I’ve heard great things about their brewery and can’t wait to take the trip and grab some brews and some shwag. So stay tuned for that trip towards the end of the month and until then…
Cheers to great (well temp) beer!