How you pour your beer, and the glass you use can affect the taste of your beer. Learn the aromas to look for and how to taste beer.

  • Pouring Beer – it’s all in your head

    By Michael Donaldson, Chair of Judges, New World Beer & Cider Awards

    In short, to get the best flavour out of your beer you want a rousing pour.  see more

  • If your glass is half full, you probably have the wrong glass

    Over time glass manufacturers have designed different glass shapes to best unfold the flavours and aromas of different beer styles.  see more

  • Beer tasting

    Really Tasting Beer

    By Michael Donaldson, Chair of Judges, New World Beer & Cider Awards

    'A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it's better to be thoroughly sure.'  see more

  • Beer tasting

    Building Appreciation…Starting a Beer Tasting Club

    By Michael Donaldson, Chair of Judges, New World Beer & Cider Awards

    So many beers so little time … how do you taste them all? The answer is to create a beer club.  see more

  • Quick Tips: Beer & Food Matching

    Interested in the basics of beer and food matching? Here are some quick tips followed by more detailed ideas from Michael Donaldson if you’re keen to explore…  see more

  • The Similarities Between Beer & Wine

    By Michael Donaldson, Chair of Judges, New World Beer & Cider Awards

    Beer has a history as the drink you start the evening with – usually a crisp, refreshing, palate-cleansing lager – before moving on to wine. But what if you could find a beer that did the same job as wine throughout an evening – that was just as elegant as wine, just as fruity, acidic, rich or explosively spritzy?   see more