The strange idea that the British
like their beer
warm is fairly common, but wrong. Most British bitter
is drunk at the coolish end of room temperature
, around the same as red wine
- say 14-15 degrees. This temperature brings out the more volatile flavours.
The idea that beer has to be drunk ice cold is another partial untruth, based on the very true and real experience of cheap industrial pilsner where you do indeed need to cool it down enough to avoid being able to taste it.
If you really do fancy the idea of warm beer
however, most darker beers - stout
s and brown ale
- can be mulled like wine with added flavourings, while Guinness
was sometimes drunk in winter after being warmed up by the simple expedient
of sticking the poker into it straight from the fireplace.