Foaming of Beer


SOME little time ago, seeking refreshment in a wayside tavern, I heard a man give an order in a most implacable manner, for a “half pint of bitter and in a dry glass if you don't mind”. With great zest and concentrated attention this connoisseur drank his ale and departed, leaving me free to question the landlady on the merits of a dry glass. She explained that some people asked for a dry glass because they liked a head on their beer, and on occasion when Bass's, Guinness's, and the like were a bit fiery, they were compelled to wet the glasses to keep them down.

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ROWELL, H. Foaming of Beer. Nature 126, 437 (1930).

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