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Old 03-19-2015, 12:52 AM
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You're drinking your beer too cold -- and here's why - Chicago Tribune
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Old 03-19-2015, 04:46 AM
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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The big problem here is gas pressured tap systems are very inefficient at temps over 40. As much as 25% losscan be expected when dispensing at warmer temps. This plus longer wait times for the customer while foam subsides means that bars are not about to change. Personally, I order a glass of water with my first beer and have it first while my beer warms up. Pray for good head retention.
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Old 03-19-2015, 10:31 AM
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I've been living in Europe for the past several months and drinking warmer beer by default. They don't exactly drink beer "warm" here as reported, but it's definiitely warmer. Yeah, beer at higher tempartures does taste better. Come to think of it, this might explain why I actually enjoyed the Heineken I had in Amsterdam the other day. I consider Heineken to be pretty subpar. I haven't had one in the States since the 90s, but it was the house beer served cheap at the bar I was at, so I thought, meh, ok. It was suprisingly good. Maybe they export a lesser quality brew? Or maybe if it's served just right it's good?
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Old 03-22-2015, 09:57 PM
Location: Metro Detroit, Michigan
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When at home, I always drink my dark beers on the warmer side. The taste really opens up, but the alcohol burn can be noticeable in some of the higher ABV brews. It can even be downright overpowering in the case of some imperial stouts, and similar styles.

I also like my cheap beer though. I could care less what temp my Miller is served at. I used to slam one or two right out of the box when I had terrible sleeping troubles. These days, if I happen to grab a Miller or a Coors, it's because I want a no frills beverage that will quench my simple taste for a brew.

I have to question... Is the craft beer market in America large enough, sustainable enough, and picky enough to warrant a change in the way high quality brews are served? I'm not sure. I do think that for the 7 bucks a pint some establishments charge, customers have a right to expect more, although that doesn't mean any change will take place. I think most people just want to passively enjoy their beers, without worrying about all the details that connoisseurs/snobs might take note of.
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