Do you know the optimal temperature to drink beer?

When it comes to beer , you may think that colder is better. Especially if you’re dreaming of sipping that Corona on a beach in Mexico. But, colder isn’t always better when it comes to all styles of beer. Just like fine wines are served at different temps, beer should be considered the same way. So, how do you know the optimal temperature to drink beer? Well, we’re laying out a guideline just for you. You don’t want to be the awkward person drinking their imperial stout at 40 degrees, that would be so embarrassing, right?

In the end, you have to take everything with a grain of salt. Some people just like red wine cold or ice cubes in their rose. The same can be said for beer.  It might be frowned to drink a lager at 60 degrees, but hey if you like it, you do you.

Here are the preferred temps by beer:

35–40°F (2–4°C):

Mass market light lagers like Coors and Budweiser. These beers have a low ABV and won’t produce more flavor if left to get a little warm. Many microbrewers and warm beer enthusiasts point to the so-called “macrobrews” for continuing the “ice cold” beer trend. Unlike with the higher alcohol and flavor content of microbrews and many European beers, many traditional American beers are improved by these cold temperatures.

 

40–45°F (4–7°C):

Czech and German Pilsners, Munich Helles, wheat beers, and Kölsch. Again, The colder the beer, the less carbonation is released; the less carbonation that’s released, the less aroma the beer gives off. These styles of beers aren’t bursting with flavor so they can be served at a slightly warmer temperature, but still chilled.

 

45–50°F (7–10°C):

IPAs, American pale ales, porters, and most stouts.The worst thing that can happen to a New England IPA is to serve it anywhere below 38 degrees, which is a common serving temperature,” says Eric Bachli, chief product officer at Sixpoint Brewery, previously at the helm as head brewer at Trillium. “If you serve it below that, you really diminish and lose out on the flavor potential for that beer.”

 

50–55°F (10–13°C):

Belgian ales, sour ales, Bocks, English bitters and milds, Scottish ales. These brewers tend to brew with different types of yeast they generally come out more full bodied. Regarding sours because there are so many varities, there isn’t really a set temperature to drink them all.

 

55–60°F (13–16°C):

Barleywines, imperial stouts, Belgian strong ales, and Doppelbocks. This temperature is considered “cellar temperature” and is best for the highest ABV and full bodied beers. A warmer temperature allows all of the flavors and notes to unlock.

 

Keep in mind these are just guides, most restaurants don’t have separate refrigerators for all their beers. And most people don’t show up to dinner or drinks armed with a thermometer. So if you want to try certain beers a little warmer, just let them sit for a few minutes after ordering. That is,  if you can wait. Now,  what is your optimal temperature to drink beer? Let us know your opinion in the comments.

 

The Art of the Beer- Beer Labels Are Becoming True Masterpieces

If you know anything about craft beer you probably already know that the art on the front is almost as important as the beer inside. Many craft beer companies seek out artists to create one of a kind labels that perfectly describe each beer. Did you know there’s even a podcast that features beer artists?

Although it seems unclear who started the trend, we know that beer labels are getting more and more detailed and have become masterpieces in their own right. So, here we’ve showcased a few breweries that are doing everything right when it comes to the art of the beer movement.

 

Mikkeller- Artist Keith Shore

“It’s just myself and our designer Ben Kopp working in my small backyard studio… there is never a slow day — we are always wildly busy with crazy projects. But this is no complaint — I love the Mikkeller universe and feel very lucky to draw these characters every day. We have worked on countless collaborations with inspiring musicians, chefs, filmmakers, clothing designers, airlines… and all in the name of beer.” Keith Shore

Fat Orange Cat Brewing Co. – Artists Leslie Herman

Leslie Herman is a Richmond, VA based illustrator and part-time adjunct professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. Leslie’s editorial clients include The New Yorker, New York Times, Huffington Post and Wall Street Journal. His album cover and concert poster illustrations include the bands Mike Gordon, Phish, The Southern Belles and Spoon.

Hoof Hearted Brewing Co. – Thom Lessner

Thom Lessner is a self taught artist who’s been working in Philadelphia since 1999. He’s had solo shows across the country at places like THIS (Los Angeles), Guerrero Gallery (San Francisco) and Spector Gallery (Philadelphia). His work has been featured in Thrasher, Vice, Revolver, Swindle, Spin, Rolling Stone, Disillusion, Dazed and Confused, XLR8R, Anthem, Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Daily News, and The Metro.

Do you have a favorite beer label artist? If so, drop their name in the comments. Or maybe you hadn’t even thought about the label art before. If that’s the case, you might be looking at beer with a whole new set of “beer goggles” now. Of course, just like any art, it’s all subjective and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. No matter what style you prefer, you better get drinking because there is a whole new gallery of tiny canvases to explore.

Best Beer Apps Every Beer Lover Should Download

So you think you love beer? But, do you love it enough to download multiple apps that take your beer experience to the next level? If yes, than you need to check out these smartphone apps. How did people even know which beer to drink before these existed, so barbaric.

 

Untappd- Discover Beer

This app allows you to check in, rate beers, explore popular bars and so much more. The more you drink, the more badges you can earn. Local bars update their beer menus and events on the app too. This app is a beer drinkers paradise.

Warning: you may get addicted to trying as many new beers as you can in an effort to earn more badges.

 

Craft Beer Community

This is a relatively new app but it’s pretty cool. While it has a lot of the same features like locator and event listings, it also has a unique feature. This app allows you to join “beer clubs” at local restaurants and earn free beer. Yes, you read that right, FREE BEER! When you buy a beer at a participating restaurant you scan a QR code and then you get a digital stamp. After 9 stamps you get a freebie. Different restaurants have different rules so be sure to check them. Also, this app is only in a few cities so far like Las Vegas and San Diego. Look for it to expand to a city near you soon.

 

Brewery Passport- Craft Beer

Brewery Passport is your mobile beer concierge for discovering local beers and breweries — more than 8,000 across the U.S. & Canada. Stamp your passport at each location, then record tasting notes about your experiences. Even connect with friends and family to share those memories.
Brewery Passport also features the ability to store beers tasted in a personalized beer journal and find local beer events. Brewery Passport is the beer industry’s most downloaded mobile app for brewery tourism. The bad news is you can only get it on apple, sorry android users.

 

Did you download them all yet. There are definitely more we could get into to, but we thought we’d start you off slow. Let us know how you like these three or drop us a comment and tell us about your best beer apps. You know we’re all about everything BEER.

Lucky Charms IPA-All your Saturday Morning Memories in a Can

 

Saturday Morning Memories Now in a Can with New Lucky Charms IPA

Do you ever sit and reminisce about the days of watching Saturday morning cartoons in your ninja turtles pajamas while eating your favorite cereal? Well, Smartmouth brewing company aims to bring back those warm and fuzzies with their new limited release Lucky Charms flavored IPA.

“Saturday Morning” is a 6.6% ABV IPA brewed in house toasted marshmallows and bulk dehydrated-marshmallow bits. It has been hoppped and dry-hopped with Galaxy and Calypso hops. The nose is sweet and citrus, with orange and pear aromas. The result is “magically, ridiculous” says the brewery.

We hate to kill your dreams of spending the weekend sipping lucky charms in liquid form, but this beer will only be available in limited release. And by limited we mean only available in their brewery in Norfolk, VA on Saturday March 2nd.  Then a limited amount of cans will be distributed to local restaurants and bars.

To celebrate the release they are having a full day of Saturday Morning activities including the beer release, pizza truck, tower of games, local heroes comic book stand, cosplay, nerd trivia and live music. Sounds like a pretty epic Saturday to us.

So, what do you think? Would you hop on a flight to VA to get your hands on this new beer filled with all your childhood memories? It may be magically ridiculous or it could be magically delicious.  Since we don’t know anyone who has tried it, the jury is still out. But, if you can get your hands on it you might be the envy of all your beer loving friends.

Some of Smartmouth’s other beers include alter ego saison, murphy’s Law amber,  game on IPA and notch 9 double IPA.

 

 

10 Craft Beers To Try in 2019

 

10 craft beers to try in 2019

Over the last few years craft beer has become all the rage. Going to a bar and ordering a bud light or coors is now considered taboo.  If you’re new to the craft beer scene, it’s hard to know where to start with such a growing list of breweries and beer connoisseurs. So, we’re doing you a solid by giving you our list of top 10 craft beers to try in 2019.

After you try them all you might want to take it to the next level and join other self proclaimed ‘beer geeks’ by signing up for beer conventions, using the popular Untappd app, or hoarding hard to get beers.

What is Craft Beer?

Craft beer is defined as a beer made in a traditional or non-mechanized way by a small brewery. Most people think of it as beer for hipsters and millennials, but in 2019 craft beer will be more mainstream then ever before.

1. Pizza Port Brewing Co. – Bacon and Eggs Porter

With award-winning cold-pressed coffee from Bird Rock Roasters of La Jolla, this Coffee Porter is black in color with a khaki tan head. Strong coffee flavors with rich chocolate and roasted malts. This 2019 release is only available in select locations. Lucky for you we are one of the first to showcase it and it pairs perfectly with our stout molasses taco.

2. 8 Bit Brewing- Hazy Shallow & Pedantic

This Beer is Hazy IPA w/ Hallertau Blanc, & Mosaic. Untappd users report it as refreshing and crisp with an ABV of 7.8%. If you want to check this one out, make sure you come in ASAP. It’s been a big seller and it will be gone before you know it.

3. Cantillon – Classic Gueze

This beer is a Blend of lambics produced during different years. It has a slightly acidic and fruity taste, delicate and woody fragrance and a dry finish that lingers on the palate. This 5.5% ABV Gueze has taste evolution that will keep for a long time in a good cellar.

4. Upright Brewing – Fantasia

Fantasia has been brewed annually since 2008 using peaches from Baird Family Orchards. Each vintage features a layered nose that leads into a deep profile on the palate, with complex acidity achieved through extended aging. 6%ABV

5. Local Craft Beer- Die Hard Fans Demand More

This hazy IPA is a collaboration with Beer Zombies and is a NE DIPA quadruple dry hopped with Mosaic and Galaxy. Giving amazing berry flavors, Untappd users report it’s “Hazy and sorta juicy” with a ABV of 8.5%.

6. Abomination Brewing Company- Wandering into the Fog

A juicy smooth sipping double IPA (8%ABV). Brewed with a heavy wheat and oat malt bill hopped and double dry hopped aggressively with Mosaic, Pacific Jade, and Eukanot. This is a fully stacked hops line up.

7. Almanac- Strawberry & Basil

Strawberry & Basil is Almanac’s summertime sour that finds the perfect balance between sweetness and funk. After aging a farmhouse base with our wild yeast house culture, we added a mountain of strawberries and finished this ale with fresh Thai basil. The final brew is bursting with ripe berry flavors and herbaceous aromas of licorice and spice. Sour Farmhouse Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with a 6.5%ABV

8. Montucky Cold Snack

Their mission is “Inspire others to live life to the fullest and give back to our communities, all while providing the most refreshing beer on the planet. Have Fun. Do Good. Be Good.” With that moto they manage to give back 8% to local charities. This lager is a standard easy drinking lager with a low price tag, which appeals to many beer drinkers.

 

9. Evil Twin Brewing-  Even More Jesus

A few times in the history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league. Usually, the recipe to make such heavenly drops is thick fudge-like body, pitch black color, amazingly overwhelming aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and muscovado sugar, obviously only made in limited amounts and most crucial of all – it must taste rare! 12%ABV. We have this beauty on draft, make sure you put it towards the top of your ‘to drink’ list.

10. Firestone Walker Peachy Bones

These California white peaches from Sanger, CA are fermented with a brett’d saison that has been maturing four months in French oak barrels. The synergy between fresh peach, wild microflora and oak components create a bright white peach flavor mingling with spicy yeast and oak aromas. Soft acidity and a firm carbonation lend “pop” to the overall sensory experience. It took four separate fermentations to create this concoction. Santé!

 

Now that you’ve seen the list, which ones will you try first? The good news is we currently have all these beers at our restaurant and we can recommend taco pairings for all of them. The bad news is they won’t be there for long. By now you’ve probably become an expert ‘beer nerd’, so what are you waiting for?