Just like we eat with our eyes when a plate of food is put in front of us, we drink with our eyes when a flight is presented to us. The beautiful hues of ales, ambers, lagers, and ports can make for a Kodak moment you want to remember and share with others.
When your selection is given to you in order from lightest to darkest, you can’t help but smile and say, “How pretty!” Automatically your tasting is off to a great start. Take a moment and look at your selections. Watch the bubbles rise (a sign of a clean glass). Hold the glass up to the light. Revel in the beauty of the different shades, and see if the color resembles the description given on the menu. Try to guess which pour is which without reading your selections.
I personally feel ambers are the prettiest of them all. The rich reds are so warming and gorgeous, I hate having them disappear. It’s really amazing how just the slightest variances in color can enrich and add eye candy to your tasting. If the taste is as yummy as the color, a total win!Take the time to visually enjoy your flight as well as taste it. After all, looks aren’t everything, but they sure do help!
Take the time to visually enjoy your flight as well as taste it. After all, looks aren’t everything, but they sure do help!
LoriAugust 17, 2017 at 10:07 am
I agree! I love getting a flight because I usually can’t decide on just one beer, and I sure can’t handle a full pint of each one that I might want to try. I know you’re “supposed to” drink them in order from lightest to heaviest, but I prefer to mix it up – I’ll try each one, then decide how I feel about them. I usually save my favorite for last (but sometimes I change my mind about which one is my favorite, mid-flight.) It’s a great way to explore new beers without pressure. I’ll have to pay more attention to how they look next time, though.