How temperature affects your beer

With all the moaning and groaning about the cold weather (It’s winter, folks. It’s supposed to be cold. Besides, Al Gore says we’ll be sub-Saharan hot real soon, so enjoy the cold while you can.), here’s a tidbit about how temperature affects your beer enjoyment.
As all food approaches freezing, your taste buds are less and less able to taste it. Frozen chocolate isn’t as sweet as when it’s at room temperature. The colder it is, the less you taste it. As a cash strapped college kid, I bought the least expensive beer I could get. All I knew back then was that I wanted that swill to be as cold as possible because ice-cold swill tasted less bad than kinda-cold swill.

You say: But, but, but ALL of the big names in beer scream from the rooftops about drinking an ice-cold (fill in the blank).
I say: Yup. Ever had a room temp (fill in the blank)? mmm-mmm, yum.

There is always talk of the British drinking their beer at room temperature.

1. They start with a better beer than my college-day swill, so it can be warmer.

2. Their tap rooms are not in Boerne in July. They would not serve their beer at 100 degrees.

Before you run off and pour your craft beer into a tea pot to warm it up, there are obvious limits. Most beers are meant to be enjoyed at least chilled a bit. All I am saying is that there is no need to reach for the liquid nitrogen.

Now go get some of your favorite beer (big name, craft, or homebrew) and do your tastebuds a favor and try it 5 degrees warmer than what you are used to. Find a comfy chair and enjoy.

Filters? Carbonation?

1. Filters?  We don’t need no stinking filters!  That’s right, we don’t filter our ales.  We don’t pasteurize either.  You will find some sediment at the bottom of the Denim-Hosen.  That is from the wheat that we use in our recipe.  It’s supposed to be there.  As with a Hefeweizen (the big daddy of wheat beers), we invite you to swirl the bottle and enjoy the cloud.  If you prefer clear beer, then just leave it behind.

2.  Carbonation.  Most beer/ale available is carbonated to between 2.4 and 3.0 volumes.  What does that mean?  It means that if you could separate/remove/capture all of the Carbon Dioxide in the container, you would get a volume of CO2 equal to 2.4 to 3.0 times the volume of the beer/ale.  Some are more carbonated because the intent is for the carbonation to lend “bite” to the way the beer feels in your mouth.  Some are lightly carbonated so that the beer feels “smoother” in your mouth.