the art of pouring a beer.
February 17, 2007 7:07 PM Subscribe
Anyone who's ever worked in a bar... The science of pouring beer?
How to master the "two-part pour"...without tipping the glass.
posted by mjao to food & drink (35 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I just got a casual job in a dodgy pub for some extra pocket money while I study full-time. Now, I've worked in a bar before, for 2 years. But we mostly served bottled beer. There was a couple of different beers on tap, but it was basically for people who wanted a cheap beer, rather than for people who cared about the way the beer was served. Nevertheless, I didn't seem to have any problems pouring a glass of beer. Until now!
At this new pub, most of the alcohol purchased is indeed, tap / draught beer.
And my boss is on my back about the way I pour it!
At my old job, I was taught to tip the glass at about a 45 degree angle, then to slowly straighten up the glass toward the end. Sometimes you had to "wank" the glass, to get a better head (which I've since found out is the wrong thing to do, for beer connoisseurs.)
But, at this new job, my boss insists that I learn to pour a beer without tipping the glass.
Even though every other barperson I work with tips the glass, he for whatever reason, needs me to learn to pour with the glass straight. If he sees me tipping the glass, he comes over and physically grabs the glass out of my hand, then says "No -- Look: It pours itself." And he keeps telling me, "it pours itself" as he demonstrates:
1. Keep the glass straight.
2. When the glass is around half full, turn off the tap, let it settle and a head forms.
3. Top the glass up.
I assume the reason he wants me to learn this method, is no wastage.
But he is giving me hardly any hours until I learn "how to pour beer properly". He sticks me out in the back bar where there is almost no one to buy beer, so I don't get much practice. And the worst part is, he gets people to "teach me", but they teach me to tip the glass, which of course, he yells at me for!
The other barpeople think it's weird that he doesn't seem to notice that everyone else tips the glass... and I think it's weird too! On my last shift, three other girls and I tried to pour the beer "his way", but nobody could figure it out. The only thing I can think of to deal with this situation is to give him what he wants: learn it his way. But it's tricky.
I feel like I'm in bizarro world... help!
Does anyone have any tips? I'd really love to know the science behind pouring beer.
Every single tap is different, and every single beer behaves differently; I have to somehow learn to get a handle on them all.