Become a Beer Nerd Fast: 3 Brew Myths Debunked on Bon Appetit

Myth #1: The less foam, the better. Foam is a good thing. Also called the head of the beer, it captures carbon dioxide to deliver aromatics so the drinker can fully smell and taste the beer’s hops, malt, and fermentation. “Foam is an expression of the beer,” says Bill Covaleski of Pennsylvania’s Victory Beer. “The ‘least foam is good’ saying comes from cheapskates that want to get more beer in the glass.” Always pour beer into a glass–you’d never drink wine out of the bottle would you?–to release the aromatics and carbonation. Use a snifter or a large-mouthed glass like a wine glass. To get a good head–one to two inches of long-lasting, dense foam–pour beer into a clean, tilted glass.

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The Victory Brewing Story

The story of Victory Brewing Company starts on a school bus in 1973 when fifth-graders Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski stepped aboard, on their way to a new school. The two became fast friends and remained so, even as they grew up and went to college on opposite coasts. Just months out of college, Bill’s appreciation of good beer and access to his father’s home brewing equipment inspired him to explore the hobby. That same year (1985), Bill gave Ron a home brewing kit as a Christmas gift. With that, both Bill and Ron developed their love of the craft…
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