What is the right serving temperature for craft beer?

7 May 2020

The serving temperature of a craft beer strongly affects our perception of the aromas and flavours that characterise it.

An ice cold beer, that is, a beer that is close to zero degrees and cooled, for example, by immersing the bottle in water and ice, will be more palatable but the taste will be less perceptible and the aromas particularly muted.

So if you want to drink a cold beer it is best to choose the less complex brews that are not meant to be sipped slowly, or those that are especially suited to particular situations such as a summer barbecue in the garden or a beach party.

In these situations, the main reason you open a beer is to quench your thirst!

At fridge temperature (and by fridge we mean the household refrigerator that has a temperature of around five degrees) almost all beers are fine.

The aromas will certainly not be explosive but they will be perceptible, with a good balance between aromatic complexity and palatability.

Cool temperatures, meanwhile, say around 10-12 degrees, are best for bringing out the aromas and fragrances of Belgian-style beers (SpirituAle, AbbaziAle, Lived) or Imperial Stout (Danger).

These are beers in which palatability is important but not as much as the complexity of their aromatic bouquet; they are designed, in fact, to be sipped and enjoyed more slowly.

We do not recommend drinking IPAs at this temperature, however, because although it would emphasise the aromas, the bitterness that characterises them would become too overpowering.

How to get the right temperature at home and without a cellar?

Simple: remove the bottles from the fridge around twenty minutes before opening them, and if that is not enough, pour some of the beer into the right glass (find out how to choose your glass!) and let it sit for two minutes before drinking it!

Last but not least, there are beers that we like to define as ‘meditational’, which must be drunk strictly at room temperature: one of these is Johnny Fog, our Barley Wine!

This is best sipped at a temperature of around twenty degrees, to enjoy to the full both its aroma and its taste!

Summing up, the more a beer’s characteristics are palatability and lightness, the more it benefits from a cold serving temperature (we prefer, however, not to drink craft beer at excessively low temperatures, as in the first example).

In technical and objective terms, therefore, the higher the serving temperature (10 degrees upwards), the greater the intensity of the aromas and taste. Be careful, though, because higher temperatures make it easier for a sensitive palate to perceive any flaws or anomalies in the beer!

Which beer will you be drinking tonight?

Follow our tips to get the best out of it and don’t forget to stock up on Granda craft beer: choose your favourite and buy it here!

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