Pull out the chair and order a pint, because you will learn the secret of successful beer tasting.
So, are you going to taste the beer? Congratulations on tasting beer is a great place [some people call it magical], where you can taste quality beer from home and abroad. To avoid looking like a novice, follow these simple beer tasting tips.
Tasting beer 101 – drunken factor
Tasting beer is an opportunity to sample a variety of imported beers and microbrews. As with all suppliers who often taste beer, you consume a lot of beer. Unless you happen to be Hank the Tank, you may experience a complete drunkenness. But remember, tasting beer is a gathering of gentlemen [and ladies], and your demeanor should be gentlemanly. Tasting beer is not the place to put homemade beer sticks and smash the Irish stout. Save it for one night.
Also, don't worry about what you wear. In most tastings, jeans and T-shirts are perfectly acceptable. If wine tasting is open to the public, jeans and T-shirts are fine. If you are invited to a private tasting [lucky dog], wear more formal, khaki and polo.
Oh, one more thing – this is not wine tasting. Don't spit out the beer. If you don't like beer, swallow the contents of the mouth and pour the rest of the beer into the pot on the table. Remind you: Be careful when pouring out the beer – there are reports that the antagonistic Brewmaster will smother the unsuspecting beer drinker on the Brewmaster's table.
We want beer – get beer for free
If you are like me, go to beer and taste like a child going to a candy store. I can't wait to try all the different beers and beers offered. Sadly, many beer tastings limit the amount of beer a visitor can drink by forcing visitors to use the ticket to buy beer. Ideally, the ticketing system works like cash. One ticket = a beer. Give the ticket to the supplier, who will pour a beer for you. It seems to be the perfect system to limit beer consumption, right?
error. The supplier agreed to participate in the beer tasting session because they wanted the beer connoisseurs to put their names on the “list” [to be introduced later]. Since the number of tickets that individuals receive is relatively small, suppliers can maximize the number of visitors to the table by giving away a "free" [read: no tickets] sample. Typically, the supplier will provide a “free ticket” sample within the first two hours of tasting the beer.
This self-evident rule provides opportunities for connoisseurs without having to use any tickets. Please note: In this "two-hour window", don't make your ticket visible [this includes providing your ticket to the seller], this is a rookie error, the seller will feel pressure to take your ticket. Place the ticket in your pocket [or wallet] and only provide the ticket if requested by the supplier. Also, if you really like a particular beer, wait a moment [if it's a popular beer, don't take it too long, as it may go very quickly] until you visit the vendor's booth again. If the supplier provides you with a free sample, then he gives himself a chance to get his beer into your “list”. If you keep asking for more free beer, the supplier will start to treat you as a water and will definitely start charging you.
The "list" is the holy grail of the supplier. Some people say that the "list" is the only reason why winemakers even agree to participate in beer tasting.
The list is just a piece of paper that you carry with you when you taste the refined beer. Beer that
Connoisseurs particularly like to list them. In the evening, the connoisseur will have a list of the beer he will buy in the next beer competition.
*** Tips for digitizing "lists" *** Maybe I am alone, but once I exceed the 100 ounce mark, I will find the whole pen and paper things very troublesome. To avoid this kind of trouble, I used a mobile phone camera to record my favorite beer. All you have to do is take a photo of the label of the beer bottle, or use the supplier's label to record the new beer of your choice. This also has the advantage of being able to carry the "list" with you at all times and to visually see the appearance of the bottle.
Talk to the master brewer
Whenever I go to the beer to taste, one of the things I have been trying to do is to talk to Brewmasters. By talking to these people for a few minutes, I learned a lot about the beer industry. One such conversation led to some free activities and invited the industry to taste. If you like beer, these guys are superstars that make beer possible. Talking to Brewmasters and learning more about the beer industry are opportunities and honors that should not be missed.