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.