One of my favorite dive bars recently made some renovations. I visited for the first time since they’d been completed last week and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they’d upgraded their draft beer drip tray to a model with a glass rinser built in.
Most bars here in the United States haven’t quite caught on yet but from what I hear, these drip trays are pretty standard in European bars and pubs. We should actually get with the times and make these widespread here, as they really do help you to achieve a perfect pour. Here’s the step by step guide to your ideal pint.
Step 1: Start with a clean beer glass that has been wetted in cold water
Step 2: Place the glass at a 45° angle, one inch below the faucet – don’t let the glass touch the faucet
Step 3: Open the faucet quickly and completely in one swift motion – after the glass has reached half full, gradually bring the glass to an upright position
Step 4: Let the remaining beer run straight down the middle to ensure the proper release of Co2 and create the ideal ¾” to 1″ foam head
Step 5: Close the faucet completely and quickly