Does re-chilling affect the flavour of your beer? Are stronger beers typically darker?
Let Cornish Bottled Beer quash the gossip and dispell the rumours with our top 7 most contentious beer related myths and their little known truths.
Myth #1. All Beer Tastes The Same
Truth: If you think so, we reckon you haven't tried enough different varieties. If you look in our Beer Bottle Store you'll find a huge selection of eclectic flavours, strengths and types of beer that will smash this myth to pieces.
Myth #2. Beers Should Be Served Ice Cold
Truth: There is such a thing as a beer that is 'too cold'. Beer that is a few shades of being frozen isn't pleasant to drink in fact diminishes your ability to really enjoy the flavour. We recommend serving all lagers at around 6 - 9 degree Celcius, stouts at 13 degrees Celsius and ales only really need to be lightly chilled to be enjoyed at their full potential.
Myth #3. The Stronger The Beer, The Darker It Is
Truth: Whether a beer is dark or light is determined by how the long the grains have been roasted, which has no link to the alcohol content. Always refer to the label to find alcohol by volume, expressed as a percentage.
Myth #4. Beer Shouldn't Taste Bitter
Truth: Beer contains hops and hops is the ingredient responsible for the bitterness of the beer's flavour. Therefore it really depends on what type of beer you're going for as different brewing methods will yield different results, causing the bitterness to vary from brand to brand.
Realistically, that bitter flavour is what makes beer taste like beer - this can be something that people enjoy or need to acquire the taste for.
Myth #5. All Lagers Are Light & All Ales Are Dark
Truth: There are many examples of dark lagers and light ales that contradict this belief.
Myth #6. Beer Is A 'Men Only' Drink
Truth: From advertisements to TV shows, beer has developed a reputation for being a very macho drink, a symbol of lad culture and boorish male behaviour. However, this perception is slowly being broken down as a study finds: 'Almost a third of women said they choose to drink beer at home, compared to just three per cent in 2009.' In the UK, beer is increasingly becoming a gender-neutral drink that is enjoyed for more for the variety of flavours as opposed to the 'getting-drunk' attitude that has pervaded the culture for so long.
Myth #7. Re-Chilling Affects The Flavour
Truth: Taking beer out of the fridge, allowing it to get warm, and putting it back in the fridge will not likely impact the flavour of your beer or cause it to 'go off'. The alcohol content also helps to preserve the beer and prevent the growth of bacteria.
The only thing which will rapidly affect your beer's shelf life is exposure to sunlight. The UV rays and warmth from the sun results in a chemical reaction called skunking which causes the beer to smell bad, rendering it undrinkable - this can be avoided by storing beer bottles in a cool, dark place.