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  • Writer's pictureFelipe Antunes

The Perfect Pour: Mastering the Art of Beer Serving at Kennedys

Welcome to Kennedys, where every pint poured is a testament to tradition and technique. Today, we're pulling back the curtain to share the art and science behind serving the perfect beer. Whether you're a budding bartender or a beer enthusiast eager to enhance your home serving skills, this guide from the heart of Dublin will elevate your pouring prowess.


Understanding the Basics: The Importance of the Pour

At Kennedys, the pour is more than just transferring beer from keg to glass; it’s an essential part of the beer experience. The right pour can significantly affect the beer's aroma, texture, and overall flavour. It starts with understanding the role of glassware and ends with a perfect head on the beer, enhancing both taste and aroma.

Choosing the Right Glassware

The choice of glass plays a pivotal role in beer serving. Different beer styles require different types of glasses to enhance their best qualities:

  • Pilsner Glasses: Tall and slender, these glasses are perfect for lighter beers, enhancing their carbonation and colour.

  • Stout Glasses: Stout glasses are wider and have a bulge near the top, designed to highlight the rich aromas and creamy head of stouts.

  • IPA Glasses: These have a tapered design that helps concentrate the hop aroma at the top of the glass, enhancing the overall flavour profile.

The Technique: A Step-by-Step Guide to the Perfect Pour

  1. Temperature Matters: Serve beer at the right temperature. Too cold, and you'll mute the flavours; too warm, and it might affect the freshness.

  2. The Angle: Start by tilting the glass at a 45-degree angle. This technique ensures the beer slides smoothly down the side of the glass, reducing the risk of excessive foam.

  3. The Pour: Begin pouring the beer, targeting the middle of the slope of the glass. Watch the foam rise while gradually straightening the glass.

  4. The Settle: Once the glass is three-quarters full, start to straighten it completely and slow down the pour to top off the glass. Aim for about one inch of head for optimal taste and aroma release.

Common Pouring Mistakes to Avoid

  • Over Tilting: Too much tilt can lead to flat beer with little to no foam.

  • Under Tilting: Pouring too directly into the glass increases foam, leading to an unbalanced beer.

  • Pouring Too Quickly: This can cause the beer to foam up excessively, affecting its structural integrity.

Why Mastering the Pour is Crucial at Kennedys

At Kennedys, we pride ourselves on not just serving beer, but serving it correctly to enhance every element of its flavour profile. Our bartenders are trained to understand the nuances of each pour, ensuring that every guest experiences beer at its best.

Join Us for a Live Demonstration

Are you intrigued by the art of the pour? Visit us at Kennedys for a live demonstration. Our expert bartenders are always ready to share their skills and stories, making your visit not just enjoyable but educational.

Whether you're a local or a tourist, understanding the perfect pour is part of the complete Dublin pub experience. We invite you to Kennedys, not just to taste our beers but to learn how they’re served with tradition and care. Here’s to good beer, served right – see you soon!

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