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Across the globe, regardless of the country or culture, beer remains central to the culture of eating, socialising, and celebrating. Even in Vietnam, there is always beer to be found during Tet or a wedding or any gathering between family and friends.
With a huge variety of styles, flavours, aromas, and colours, you may think that the ingredient list for beer is a long one. But, in fact, the truth is much, much more simple. Beer is a natural product and most beers in the world are made from only four natural ingredients – water, malted barley, yeast, and hops.
Now that you understand where beer comes from, it is important to learn the proper ways to enjoy it. Here are some tips and tricks:
1. Treat it right
You may not know this, but it is vital to handle your beer properly. How can you do so? Let’s begin with the correct way to store your beer: to ensure that beer quality remains as good as when it’s brewed, you need to store your beer in a cold place, with the bottle or cans standing upright, and away from sunlight.
Which is why it’s always advisable to keep your store-bought beers in the refrigerator.
Besides that, unbeknownst to many, the shape of a beer glass is crucial, too. The right glass can highlight the different flavours in a beer.
2. Pour it right
Beer pouring techniques are also important to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your beer. The right technique and conditions can help beers to produce aromas and flavours that enhance the drinking experience.
Did you know that every pint of draught beer that is served at restaurants or bars undergo the Perfect Pour Process? There are five important steps undertaken before a freshly tapped beer arrives at your table:
3. MATCH IT RIGHT
There are over 140 different styles of beer in the world – from lager to pilsner, stout, ale, and more – offering countless food matching combinations. Whether the food is sweet, spicy, or bitter, salty, herby, or even acidic, beer goes brilliantly with all of them.
In fact, besides pairing beer with food, beer makes a great cooking ingredient too. Be it baking, braising, stewing, simmering, or making sauces, the right beer makes all the difference.
4. Enjoy it right
The most important drinking tip is to enjoy beer responsibly. After all, you want a good night out that is memorable for you and your friends. Here are a few steps that you should take when you’re planning a night of drinking.