Every bartender should know the proper way to pour a beer out of a tap. Sure, from the customer’s side of the bar it may look easy, but good bartenders know that working a tap beer system takes a bit of finesse and know-how. If you don’t believe us, go to any local bar and watch uneducated bartenders pouring beer the wrong way. Half of the glass ends up with foamy beer, forcing the bartender to dump out the suds and start over. Or worse yet, beer splashes over the side of the glass. Pretty messy, right? Like other bartending skills, learning how to pour a beer properly is a process that must be learned and then practiced to perfection. It’s not that difficult, really. What it all comes down to is just four simple steps. Learn them and you’ll be pouring draught beers like a superstar.
Of course before you begin the process, make certain your taps are in working order. Beer kegs must be properly refrigerated; warm beer will be too foamy to work with. Also, since draught beer systems use gas to push the beer through, make sure your gas supply is within proper working levels. Too little gas, and the beer will trickle out at a snail’s pace. Too much, and the line will hiccup, causing foamy beer to splash out all over you, or your guest.
Every bartender should take a few minutes to learn how to properly pour a beer from the tap. Learning the proper method will mean that you’ll waste less beer, which is good news for your manager. You’ll also appear more professional to others, and you’ll be perceived as a better bartender.
**Special thanks to my "hand model" T.J. Jackson**
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