07 December 2016

A beer, but a fresh one, please

When asking beer drinkers all the world over what they associate with a freshly dispensed glass of lager, 99 percent will answer: “freshness”. True, there is hardly anything better than a glass of fresh beer when sitting on a hot summer’s day in a shaded beer garden. But what does it actually mean: “fresh beer”? How is freshness defined, when is a beer not all that fresh anymore and which factors influence such staling?

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