We’ve all seen it in the movies – the American cop duo have had a hard day solving crime and now head to the bar to drink some beer and slough off the effort of the day. Here they order their beer and drink it straight from the bottle. Just the way a man should.
Firstly, the movie I’m referring to is Hill Street Blues and while I understand that the producers or writers or whomever were trying to reflect a certain culture or class, there is never a good enough reason to disrespect a beer. Especially a craft beer.
Just use a glass. Seriously.
People think it adds to their image to drink their beer straight from the bottle, but in actual fact they are missing out on the whole beer experience. Let me break it down for you.
Drinking from the bottle:
- The CO2 rushes out of the beer (just as if you poured it too quickly into a glass) and hits your stomach full throttle.
- This carbonic fizz flashes on your tongue and in your nose, then hits the back of the throat for that stinging sensation you now associate with beer.
- You end up feeling bloated and ready to belch at any moment.
Summary: The image just ain’t worth it.
It’s no wonder a host of people out there don’t classify themselves as beer-drinkers. I wouldn’t be a beer drinker either if this was my association with the golden liquid. Necking the bottle means you don’t have a chance to appreciate the aroma, the colour, the full flavour. You miss out on much of the beer-drinking experience. Now I know it’s true that this may not make that much of a difference when you’re drinking a Heineken or a Castle, but when it’s craft beer like & Union, or Jack Black or Devil’s Peak, please respect the brew.
And if it means you have to be the only guy at the pub asking for a glass, just know you’re also the only guy in the pub enjoying his beer.
The Beer Geek