NHL & Beer
So I’m sitting on my couch using my laptop, surfing the web like there’s no tomorrow since Football season isn’t looking too promising. I’m not really interested in Baseball because the game’s too slow and I practically fall asleep, even when I’m invited to one. Finally, I came across an article related to Hockey and it seems like the Pittsburgh Pinguins are big news this year! I’m also not really a fan of hockey, but it’s definitely more interesting and exciting than Baseball, specially because of the speed and brawls.
You see, when I was a kid my Dad bought me this movie called, “The Mighty Ducks” starring Emilio Estevez and some unknown stars, who actually grew up to become really popular. After watching the movie for the first time I became obsessed about playing Hockey and made my Dad buy me roller-skates, a hockey stick, a street puck, and helmet. I made all my friends watch it whenever they’d come for a sleep over, and soon after had enough followers to play in the alley. I also learned the Anaheim Mighty Ducks named their team after being inspired by the movie.
Now that I’m much older it seems immature to suit up for Hockey in a place as hot this one. So instead, I grabbed a cold beer and wrapped it with a foam koozie, kicked back and watched hockey highlights of brawls and power-plays in YouTube. Go Paul Kariya!!! Oh wait, he retired… Didn’t he?
Studies have shown that there is more to keeping beer cool than we may think! This complex, refreshing beverage has a lot going on in that 12 oz. glass bottle. Everything from the type of pour to temperature can profoundly affect the taste of this uber popular alcoholic beverage.
What is the correct temperature for serving beer?
While this number can vary greatly, for most beer served in the U.S. it is commonly accepted to serve a beer at an even 40 – 42 degrees fahrenheit. Certain European beers tend to be served warm and certain American beers tend to be served at cooler temperatures. Like a fine wine, a good bottled brew has its own idiosyncrasies and in order to maintain its integrity one must pay attention to its ideal serving temperature. For this reason, I must say I love the beer cooler. Better yet, the beer cooler with a mission, a message for all those near the lucky joe sipping his brewski. Check out the selection at koozieZ.com They have some pretty great ways to not only keep your beer at its optimal temperature but send out a message as well!
The perfect pour
Often referred to as an art, the perfect pour depends greatly upon both the size and shape of the glass and of course the hand that pours it. Different glassware is recommended for different types of beer in order to aid the beer in reaching its full flavor potential. According to the Beer Advocate, the most important factors to pay attention to are the cleanliness of the glass and the angle in which one holds the beer. They recommend a perfect 45 degree angle and a squeaky clean glass in order to minimize the influence of any outside factors on the beer pour. In order to create the ¨perfect head¨they direct the pourer to switch to a 90 degree angle towards the end creating this well-known frothy beer look. The head is where the beer releases its most potent properties. Who knew how important this could be?!?