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Many myths are associated with craft beer. Take a look at these 4 myths and test your knowledge of the way to drink craft beer.

Beer Is Best Served Ice Cold

While an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day (or a cold winter day) is certainly enjoyable, the correct temperature to serve beer depends on the style of beer. Beer companies market the idea of serving beer at ice cold temperatures. Most purveyors of small craft beer in Flowery Branch will tell you that there are only a few types of beer that should be served between 32-39F. Pale Lager and Malt Liquor are two but also some Canadian-style Ales, Canadian, American, or Scandinavian-style Ciders are best served at the coldest temperature. Low-alcohol beers also fall under this serving temperature. The truth about cold beer is that many styles lose flavor when served too cold. The reason is a loss of aromatics. If you cup the glass for just a few minutes, the warmth releases the flavor. If you have questions about the best serving temperature for beer, visit an establishment familiar with local craft beer in Flowery Branch and ask for advice.

If You Buy It Warm, You Store It Warm

Another beer myth de-bunked! Beer should not be stored warm even if you buy it from a liquor store where it sits on a shelf outside of the beer cooler. The reason beer should not be stored at warm temperatures is oxidation. Oxidation, the slow reaction between oxygen and beer ruins that hop-fresh flavor of your favorite brew. Oxidation is what ages your body. It does the same for your beer. The reality is that beer starts aging as soon as it’s brewed. If you don’t plan to drink the local craft beer from Flowery Branch in the next few days, make sure it’s stored at the high 30s to 40-degree temperature.

Draft Beer Is Better

Most beer drinkers have their preference and will argue to the end that their favorite is the best, and correct way to drink beer. Draft beer may be better than bottled, but bottled beer is not necessarily better than canned. Draft beer is the freshest you can drink, there’s no arguing with that fact. If your favorite bar takes excellent care of their draft lines, then you can be assured the beer you drink there is better than any bottle or can. Not all bars are passionate about maintain their draft lines, making it likely that bacteria is introduced to the beer. There are several types of bacteria that can grow in a draft system. All interfere with the beer’s flavor, and your taste experience. If you’re not sure about a bar, or feel like they might not pay close attention to draft line maintenance, order a bottle or can.

Bottled over Canned?

There is a never-ending argument between those who prefer bottled beer over canned, and vice-versa. If the argument is one of taste, that’s subjective. What tastes amazing to one beer drinker may not even register with another if they were in a taste rating argument. Freshness is another argument, and in that case, canned beer may prevail. It’s all about what happens when beer is stored. The two main culprits responsible for ruining the freshness of bottled beer are light and oxygen. Oxidation, which is what happens when oxygen creeps under the cap of bottled beer, can give beer the taste of wet-cardboard. Light exposure, when it’s excessive, can cause beer to have a skunky flavor and smell. If you’re a fan of that skunky flavor, then you’re probably familiar with the fact that some brewers deliberately allow light to hit beer with the mission of creating the flavor. Canned beer prevents oxygen and light from interacting with the brew while it’s stored so from the perspective of freshness, canned beer wins this argument.

Now that you’ve debunked a few of the popular myths about beer, you can talk things over with fellow beer lovers at your next get-together.


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