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Beer Basics Every Bartender Should Know

Last updated 6 years ago

People have been drinking beer since well before the word “beer” existed. Today, beer is by far the most widely consumed alcoholic beverage, and the third most popular drink behind water and tea. If you’re going to be a bartender, you’ll definitely need to know a thing or two about beer. Here are a few bits of knowledge to get you started:

Basic ingredients

Though there are many types of beer, most beer is comprised of a few basic ingredients: water, barley, yeast, and hops. Different brewers around the world use variations of these ingredients in different ratios, occasionally adding other ingredients to add flavors.

Types of beer

As a bartender, you’ll need to be acquainted with hefeweizens, IPAs, red ales, lambics, and all of the other beer styles. Though this may seem intimidating, learning the histories, tastes, and ingredients of every beer style can be very rewarding. Being able to recommend new beers based on a patron’s favorite beer will earn you a few extra tips.

How to pour

As with other carbonated beverages, beer can develop a very thick head if poured incorrectly. In order to save time and embarrassment, you should tilt the glass at a 45 degree angle while you pour, then bring it up to 90 degrees at the end in order to create the perfect head thickness.

This humble article barely scratches the surface of the wide world of beer. If you want to learn more, you should strongly consider attending class at one of the Professional Bartending Schools of America. You’ll find that we’re a cut above other bartending schools—after you’ve completed our program, we’ll even help you with job placement! If you have any questions, call us today at (513) 542-3500. 


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