BASIC BEER APPRECIATION 101
A recent posting FAILURE TO CONTEMPLATE promoted the importance of a drinkers initial introduction to a serving of beer.
Then it is time to consume that subject of our contemplation. Will we drink it? Will we take the time and effort to analyze the aroma, flavor, mouth-feel and after-taste? Or will we slake our thirst, enjoying the refreshing, sparkling, intoxicating chilled beverage? Do we have to make that distinction? Cheers!
As there is a place and time conducive to full enjoyment of any sensual activity, there is a time and place for the tasting or the drinking of beer.
The latter is done in a casual, comfortable environment, especially a social environment such as a bar, tavern, pub, house-party, clam bake, cook-out and watching sporting events. The object of drinking beer is to refresh both body and soul as well as encourage less inhibited conversation and social interactions. The quantity of the beverage is of more importance than the quality of the product.
The former is done in as much of a controlled, contemplative environment. The object is to analyze the appearance, aromatics and flavors that the beverage exhibits and presents to the exploring sampler. No more than two ounces of five different samples should be “tasted” in any one session. More than that dulls and confuses the sensory receptors.
All of that noted, it is obvious that a short “tasting” can be done prior to some enjoyable “drinking”. However, the chance of any accurate “tasting” being done after “drinking” is doubtful.
Over the next few years there will be postings on this site that will pertain to both “tasting” and “drinking” and each will be prominently labeled as one or the other.
Whichever the posting, the most important thing I hope to convey is the importance of enjoying the event. Drinking and its social energy are, I believe, essential to life. The knowledge gained from a “tasting” will add to the enjoyment of drinking that beer in a social situation and so also becomes essential to life.
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