How to Pull the Perfect Pint – 4 Easy Steps to Pour a Beer

Learn how to pour a beer the proper way with these helpful tips.

how to pour a pint of beer

Whether you’re a bar or restaurant owner, or a regular guy/gal with a kegerator at home, pouring a proper pint is imperative (try saying that five times fast). It’s important not only for presentation, but for taste as well.

If you’re interested in pouring a proper – dare I say, perfect – pint, then check out these 4 steps. Even if you think you already have what it takes, I’d challenge you to read it still. Who knows? You may be missing something. If not, at least your skills will be reaffirmed.

Start With A Beer Clean Glass

If you really want to pour the perfect pint of beer, then you need to pour it in a beer clean glass. A beer clean glass has been thoroughly washed and sanitized to remove any contaminants that will taint the flavor or aroma of your beer. More importantly it allows CO2 to properly escape to the top of your glass. If your glass of beer has a little bubbles clinging to the sides of it, then it is not a beer clean glass. 

Step-by-Step Instructions On How To Pour A Beer

How to pour beer from a tap

Note: Check out our guide on how to pour a pint of Guinness, if you are pouring a nitro beer.

Step 1: Hold your beer glass at a 45-degree angle. Keep the glass a bit below the faucet, and make sure it doesn’t touch the faucet. Dirt, dust or spilled beer on the outside of the faucet or bacteria inside the faucet can contaminate your beer.

how to pour a beer

Step 2: Open the faucet quickly and swiftly (seriously, don’t be shy about it), and begin pouring beer down the side of the glass until it is about half full. It’s also important, if you’re using a longer tap handle, to grab it from the base of the handle. Too often, people grab from the top of the handle, and end up snapping it right off. That’s good for us, but bad for you.

how to pour a beer

Step 3: Once your beer is about half-full, gradually bring the glass to an upright position, and aim for the middle to start crafting your head. You can also slowly add distance between the tap and the glass as you approach your finish to improve the head even further. A good head is somewhere between 1 to 1.5 inches or 1 to 2 fingers wide.

Step 4:  When your glass is full, close the tap quickly and swiftly – again, not too forceful, working it from the base. Now, it’s time to drink.

how to pour a beer

How to pour beer from a bottle or can

Step 1: Open your bottle or can, and hold your glass just below it at a 45-degree angle.

how to pour a can of beer

Step 2: Pour the beer slowly down the side of the glass. Aim for the midpoint of the glass as you pour. This allows the beer to flow smoothly without splashing or releasing too much of the carbonation.

Step 3: Begin to tilt the glass upright as the level of the beer reaches the top.

Step 4: Once your glass is at a 90-degree angle, pour the beer into the center of the glass to create a proper head of foam. Just like with on draft you can add a little distance between your glass and the bottle or can to help create the right amount of head.

That’s all easy enough to follow, right? Believe it or not, the way you pour your beer is as important as what you choose to serve it in. Cheers to good beer and perfectly poured pints!

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  • MIKE ALEXANDER August 17, 2015 @ 12:18pm


    • Matt April 8, 2016 @ 2:16am

      I see it’s been a while since you posted. Did you figure it out?
      Depending on what type of beer you’re pulling, I would bring both your temp and psi up to 12lb/36-38 temp.
      Next, I would check the thermostat to make sure the temp is accurate. If your keg temp is too warm, your internal keg pressure will skyrocket, causing uncontrollable foam.
      If it’s a homebrew, man it might just be over-charged! That happens all the time! LOL

  • Shannon February 24, 2017 @ 10:07am

    First time kegger here. Had my psi set to 40 for about two days, then dropped to 30 for another two days and dropped to 20 for a day. Dropped psi to 10 and i get nothing but foam so I bled the keg and set psi to 4 for a day and have the same issue. I am taking small pours in a snifter as I dont want to burn out my tank and dispense my whole keg with foam pours

    • Mike wilson March 10, 2020 @ 2:12pm

      When you bleed your keg make sure you completely all co2 lines And shut off valve. Then completely bleed out the kegs re set your regulator to 10 psi and then open up your co2 line. At one time you had 30 psi that pressure still in the keg even though your bleeding it and lower your psi as you bleeding it with you co2 lines open it’s still pumping what ever pressure your regulator at back into the keg so sut it down bleed it re set it and open it back up

  • Wayne July 23, 2019 @ 2:55pm

    When I use my kegerator I get a shot of air and can’t control froth even at low pressure. Do I need to change valve

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