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Here are some interesting beer facts:
– 10% of men won’t have a brewski when they’re alone, no matter what.
– 66% have cracked open a can at breakfast.
– 3 in 4 guys blame beer for their lack of their six pack.
– 28% increase of how attractive men feel after a few cold ones.
– 83% of men consider it poor form to walk away from an unfinished pint.
– 19% would rather spend a month away from sex than from beer.
– 27% of men are snobby enough to give a buddy hell for drinking a light beer.
– 1 in 2 men wish beer labels would include kilojoule counts.
– 1 in 3 guys say burying the hatchet is best done over a cold one.
– 33% of men have buried a fist in someone’s face during a bar fight.
– Celebs that guys would most like to have a beer with are: Barack Obama, The Rock, Vince Vaughn
– The fictional bartender most guys would most like to have their beer slung to them is Moe from The Simpsons.
– Only 3 taste receptors are involved in processing the bitter taste of hops.
– 37% of guys automatically discard any slice of fruit that comes with their brew.
– 74% of weekend beer-pong players are not varsity students and therefore have no excuse for their penchant for drinking games.
– 74% of guys have funnelled a beer.
– 13% of men think St Paddy’s Day is the best day of the year.
– 56% sy Oktoberfest is 16 times better.
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Don’t lose your head – that is, the flavour-boosting foam atop your pint. Start with a glass that’s been rinsed and left to drip-dry, says Dr Charles Bamforth, a professor of brewing science. (Soap residue or oil from your fingers when towel-drying the glass can destabilise foam.) Next, pour into the centre of the glass; a gentle pour down the side won’t release enough carbon dioxide. Let the foam settle; add more beer. Repeat until the glass is full.
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Warm up to this idea: while most light beers and lagers taste better frosty, full-bodied brews should be served at a higher temperature, says Bamforth. “The warmth releases aromatic compounds, which makes strong beer taste better.” Serve malts and light lagers at 0°–3.8°C, pale ales at 7.2°–10°C and strong stouts, ales and bocks at 13°–15°C. Monitor temps with a thermometre, like the Scala Digital Food and Wine Thermometre (R230, yuppiechef.co.za).