You might think it’s better to start your beer quest with hoppy, flavourful beers that have a higher alcohol content, but you’re doing a disservice to your taste buds for the rest of the night.
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Beer can have an alcohol by volume (ABV) as low as about three percent, but can skyrocket to nearly 20 per cent depending on the variety. If you plan on having a few cold ones over the course of the night, Will Stephens, the co-founder of BeerMenus.com, suggests you start on the lighter side:
…plan ahead and start with the lightest beers first. High ABV or very hoppy beers will crush your palate and make it harder to taste your next beer. I often start with a lager or something equally light and work my way up to an IPA — or, in the winter, a barley wine or imperial stout.
You’re paying good money for those tasty beverages, so you might as well get the best experience you can with them. Work your way up to the stronger stuff and savour the flavour.