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Tri-Cities on Tap is this weekend at the Benton County Fairgrounds and I cannot wait. My friend asked me why I like beer so much. I told him that I really enjoyed the taste and I also like to try different kinds of beer. He informed me that he thinks that all beer taste the same and he really didn't like it.

He liked the way wine was refined and the fact that there is a 'proper' way to drink wine. Of course I flipped out and said 'Shut the front door, there is a proper way to drink beer'. Basically I told him to shut the hell up and listen to what I have to say.

So he did and now I am going to tell you.

There are so many beers in the world now a days to choose from. They way you drink beer is up to you but to answer my crazy friends question, there is a proper way to smell, taste and enjoy beer like you do with wine.

This is Kelly West's way to drink beer.

Step #1 - Decide what beer to have and what kind of glass to put them in.

I cannot even begin to tell you how many beer's that are out there to try. Lagers, Ales, stout beer, wheat beer and bitters. In each one of the category there is so many again to choose from. So basically chose which beer you are going to try right then.

There are a few glasses to chose from. Pilsners, goblets, mugs or pint glasses. Honestly, besides what you find on Google, you can use any of these for any of the beers. Make sure it is a very clean glass so you get the best taste for your beer.

Step #2 - Pour the beer the right way.

First of all, always keep your beer nice and cold. Warm beer is never good to drink unless you are sick, and it is the best cure for what ales you. Even if you have a hangover.

Open your beer bottle, beer can or keg and let the dang thing breath. Often times, people pop open their beer and pound it down right then. You will get froth and you will not get the full taste of the beer. Of course, if you are drunk at this point, it won't matter anyway.  Take the glass in one hand and the beer in the other after you have let it breath and tilt the glass slightly. This will prevent foaming right off the bat. Slowly pour the beer in. When you have almost reached the top turn your glass up right and let it get some foam on the top. In the beer world we call this 'head'. Makes sense really.

Step #3 - Drink your beer.

This, of course, is the easy step of all. Take the glass and swirl your beer around a little bit to breath it even more and even out your head. Lift it to your lips and drink away. If you get foam of or 'head' on your lip, you are doing the right thing.

For more information on the 'how to's of beer drinking' I suggest going to Wiki How. They have a tutorial on how to pare beer with your meal. Drink responsibly especially this weekend at our awesome Tri-Cities on tap! 


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