Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Thursday, May 2, 2013

How To Give Your Beer Taste Buds a Workout

Posted By on Thu, May 2, 2013 at 3:25 PM

click to enlarge FLICKR/QUINNDOMBROWSKI

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).

See also: The Best Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby Parties This Weekend

Golden Road Brewing Soft-Launches in S.F.

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.

Follow @annaroth


  • Pin It

About The Author

Anna Roth

Anna Roth

Bio:
Anna Roth is SF Weekly's former Food & Drink Editor and author of West Coast Road Eats: The Best Road Food From San Diego to the Canadian Border.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"