Beer can be a real b*tch when it comes to making us feel bloated.
Although there’s nothing quite like an ice cold pint to quench the thirst, it can cause all manner of problems for those of us who already struggle with digestive issues.
You might put this down to the glutenous profile of beer – it is, after all, made from hops.
But according to Max Bakker, the only Master Cicerone in New York (a certification that recognises exceptional understanding of beer brewing and pairing), much of the bloating caused by beer comes from the way it’s poured.
We all think that tilting the glass and pouring slowly creates the perfect, headless pint but that actually means that the CO2 in beer has nowhere to escape to.
And that means that all that gas is going straight into your stomach – leaving you feeling like an inflated dead cow (their stomachs explode after they die, FYI).
Add a salty beer snack into the mix and the bloating only gets worse: as soon as that grub gets into your stomach and disturbs the liquid, it starts releasing the CO2 and makes you feel even more uncomfortable.
We’re not talking about a tiny amount of gas here either; when you tilt the glass, CO2 that’s 2.5 times the volume of beer you’ve drunk can be released into your belly.
No wonder many of us feel like we’re going to explode all over the walls of the pub.
So, what’s Max’s advice for pouring beer without it making us feel crap and without making the actual liquid go flat?
He says that the perfect way to serve beer is to tilt the glass and pour with vigour – even if that leaves you with a massive head.
In fact, you actually want to have a head.
‘In this foam is where we’re going to taste the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops,’ he tells Business Insider.
‘But really it’s going to the protect the integrity of the aroma that’s underneath that foam through each sip.’
Food for thought.