This is part five of a six-part series (click here for part one, part two, part three, part four, part five & part six) on improving your beer drinking experience. While the series is written for Better Beer newcomers, it is advice that is beneficial to even the most seasoned beer drinkers out there. Cheers.

I’m the first to admit that there’s nothing as refreshing as an ice cold brew on a hot summer day at the ball park. But when enjoying a well crafted beer with character, make sure that you serve the beer between 45-50F (not 35-40F where most American’s set their refrigerators).

These lower temperatures may add to refreshment on a warm day, but the cold temperatures essentially numb the tongue, making it harder to perceive the flavors and aromas of the beer. Allowing a beer to warm up a little before you drink it will go a long way to releasing the true flavors locked inside.

Be sure and check back tomorrow for Part 6 of “How to Drink Better Beer”. Be sure and subscribe to the RSS feed so you don’t miss another moment of BAB!



  1. i am in constant ‘discussion’ with fellow drinkers whether at my golf club or in my local concerning the temperature of beer and my particular preference guinness. this article will give weighht to my cause. chilled beer not only numbs the taste buds but will ‘hide’ the taste of beer that is not at it’s best.

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