Rinsing Your Glassware & The 5 Steps to a Perfect Pour

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

Pour a Perfect Draft Beer

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

Pour a Perfect Draft Beer

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

Pour a Perfect Draft Beer



  • Chris October 22, 2010 @ 6:55pm

    I just got my kegerator kit hooked up and had the whole keg quite cold but I get no foam at all? I increased the CO2 pressure to 20 PSI still no foam? Anybody give me hint!

  • Hannah October 25, 2010 @ 9:45am

    Chris – Here’s a link to our Draft Beer Troubleshooting Help page to get you started.

    In the meantime, I’ll pass your question to our resident draft beer guru and see what he comes up with.

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