How good are you at tasting beer? How well do you know your own palate? Give it a tune-up with this new beer tasting workout guide published in Food & Wine by Magnolia Brewing's Dave McLean points out.
In it, he gives helpful exercises for upping your tolerance for bitterness (the dominant flavor of hops; it involves grapefruit juice and water in increasing proportions), pairing hop flavors and aromas with beers (for that, you will need to gather fresh pine needles, just-picked grass, and freesia; good thing it's spring), and determining how malty you like your beer (go brew some coffee, toast some bread, and buy some Whoppers and English toffee).
In theory, after you've completed these exercises for at least 20 minutes three times a week, you will have shaped up your flabby beer palate and hang with the best of them at Toronado. What's up next, the beer-tasting Olympics? Actually, that sounds like a lot of fun.