"Beers are best served cold." End of story... Or is it?
Fussing over the precise chill factor of your favourite beer may seem like something that's reserved only for the obsessed bar owner or pub regular.
But after the dust - or foam - has settled on this particular debate, is fridge-cold really good enough or do we need to be looking at more precise temperatures to achieve that perfect pint?
How you determine an ideal serving temperature has a lot to do with the strength and flavour of the beer in question: Too cold and all the flavours and aromas will be deadened in your stronger beers, whereas light and crisp summer bottles need to be kept cold to sustain that refreshing, ice-cool kick.
Cornish Bottled Beer will guide you through each brew and their ideal temperature for you to try out today!
Pale Lagers & Pilsners
For pale lagers and pilsners, you can go as low as 3 degrees celsius which is great if you keep your fridge between the Food Standards Agency's (FSA) recommended range of between 0°C to 5°C. Those refreshing pilsners and hoppy-er pale lagers really benefit for staying around the cool 3-degree mark.
The subtle bitterness and maltiness of blonde ales suit a 4 - 7 Celsius temperature range - just a little higher than pilsners.
As we progress up the scale, things become far more flavoursome with pale ales. Therefore the temperature needs to match the fruity tones and characterful taste of the hops and the bolder all-round flavour. To make sure these flavours are properly accentuated, you don't want to serve your ales too cold. Aim for around 7 and 10 degrees Celcius for American style pale ales. English alternatives can be served as high as 12 degrees to bring out the fullness and richness of flavour.
Indian Pale Ales have a wide spectrum of flavours and unique personalities and finding the correct temperature range to cater for the vast number of aromatic, piney, tropical and citrus tastes - to name a few - is easier said than done.
What do we suggest? Depending on the amount of alcohol and hops in your IPA, keep it between 7 and 12 degrees.
Stouts & Porters
These distinctively dark and robustly flavoured beers love being stored at temperatures of around 7 - 12 degrees and warming up slightly in a room temperature environment for the best results - any cooler and the more nuanced flavours will simply disappear.