For me, there are few things more enjoyable in life than the first sip of a perfectly chilled glass of beer.
Aside from the obvious benefits of how it'll make you feel, there's just something so uniquely refreshing about having an ice cold brew -- that is, until you find yourself carrying a nice, round beer baby in your belly.
I don't know about you, but by the time I finish even just one beer when I'm out at the bar, it basically feels like I just inhaled a family's entire Thanksgiving dinner.
And I always thought that beer making you feel bloated was just, like, the price you pay for how delicious it is in all other aspects.
But then Max Bakker showed me THE TRUTH.
Bakker is a High End Master Cicerone for Anheuser-Busch InBev, meaning he is literally certified in all things beer.
It also means he knows exactly how to drink beer properly -- so he knows how to make sure you don't leave the bar ready to conceive a little brew baby.
Bakker told Elite Daily,
I always recommend pouring beer into a glass. Why? One of the bi-products of fermentation in beer is carbon dioxide. In beer, carbon dioxide delivers the aromas of the hops, yeast and malt from the glass to your nose; it creates the tingle on your tongue, and is the principal backbone for beer's signature foam top.
Yaaaaasss, dat foam.
But even though the CO2 helps us enjoy all the different sensations of drinking a beer, there are actually about 2.5 volumes -- or 2.5 equal-sized bottles -- of the gas in just one 12-ounce bottle or can of beer.
And, unfortunately, all of that carbon dioxide has to go somewhere.
According to Bakker, once you take a sip of beer -- especially if you do so directly from the can or bottle -- your next bite of food or sip of a drink acts as a nucleation site, meaning the gas trapped in the beer gets released inside your stomach.
Yes, it's a little like farting inside your stomach. But only a little.
The best way to properly enjoy your beer and lessen the effect of carbon dioxide expanding in your stomach is to always pour your beer into a chilled clean glass free of dust, dirt, and oils.
HMPFF, no complaints here.
The action of pouring your beer hard into the glass at a 45 degree angle and then straight down the middle forces some of the carbon dioxide trapped in the beer to release in the glass instead of in your stomach. This released carbon dioxide will provide the backbone for a nice collar of foam which is essential for not only protecting the delicate aromas in the glass, but will capture them and carry them to your nose with each sip.
And is there anything better than the scent of your beer dancing in front of your nostrils as you reach for that deliciously chilly sip?
Go forth, my child, with your newfound anti-bloating knowledge, and enjoy National Beer Day.