MSNBC's Ed Schultz did an absolutely terrible job of pouring a beer Friday on The Ed Show.
Schultz casts himself as a blue collar guy, but given this exposition in amateur beer pouring, The Washington Free Beacon staff now harbors serious doubts.
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As any former bartender or beer lover will tell you, it is important to pour your beer at the appropriate angle (45 degrees until halfway, then 90 degrees until full). Otherwise, as Schultz aptly demonstrates, the foam head consumes the entire glass.
Use a clean glass. A dirty glass, containing oils, dirt or residuals from a previous beer, may inhibit head creation and flavors.
Hold your glass at a 45° angle. Pour the beer, targeting the middle of the slope of the glass. Don't be afraid to pour hard or add some air between the bottle and glass.
At the half-way point bring the glass at a 90° angle and continue to pour in the middle of the glass. This will induce the perfect foam head. And remember, having a head on a beer is a good thing. It releases the beer's aromatics and adds to the overall presentation. You may also want to gradually add distance between the bottle and glass as you pour, to also inspire a good head. An ideal head should be 1″ to 1-1/2″.