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6/28/2007

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COLD BEER!
Once again, our Beer Temperature Testing Team scours Central Florida in search of frigid suds

 

It’s officially summer, which means it’s hellishly hot outside. You could try to reduce your core temperature with a trip to the beach, you could pack your skivvies with ice, you could have someone hose you off, you could jump a plane to Reykjavík … or you could do what sensible people do: drink lots of cold beer.

We’re sensible. We drink lots of cold beer. We’re also scientific. We wanted to know where in Central Florida to find the coldest beer. So once again we assembled and dispatched the Orlando Weekly Beer Temperature Testing Team to visit bar after bar after bar in search of the coldest beer around. We do this in the name of science; we derive very little pleasure from this endeavor.

Team members were issued thermometers and asked to refrain from ordering any type of beer that would not benefit from being served icy cold: your stouts, your porters, your thick, chewy beers in general. We also tried to limit team members to tap beers only; however, in two cases (as noted below) they drank from bottles anyway. It’s hard to get good help these days.

(If you’re keeping score, the coldest beer recorded this year came from the White Wolf Café: a Newcastle Brown Ale served at 30.6 degrees.)

Yes, we understand that there are scores of bars we didn’t hit, this time or last. We’ll get to them all eventually. In the meantime we’ve got some cold beer to drink.

Bar
Beer
Notes
Temp. (degrees F)

Baldwin’s Pub
841 Bennett Road
(407) 896-8310


Blue Moon
Chilled glass, free Wi-Fi
36

Bar-BQ-Bar
64 N. Orange Ave.
(407) 648-5441

Newcastle
N/A
39.6
Big Daddy’s Roadhouse
3001 Corrine Drive
(407) 644-2844
Harpoon IPA
33 beers on tap
43.7

Bösendorfer Lounge
Grand Bohemian
325 S. Orange Ave.
(407) 313-9000
www.grandbohemianhotel.com

Stella Artois

No drafts; $6 bottle poured into chilled glass

39.6
Bull and Bush
2408 E. Robinson St.
(407) 896-7546
Yuengling
British pubs typically serve their bubbles a tad warmer
46.1

Cigarz at CityWalk
6000 Universal Blvd.
(407) 370-2999

Yuengling
Chilled mug
38.3

Copper Rocket Pub
106 Lake Ave., Maitland
(407) 645-0069
www.copperrocketpub.com

Newcastle
50.6

Dexter’s of Winter Park
558 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park
(407) 629-1150
www.dexwine.com

Tucher
42.4

Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub
544 W. Fairbanks Ave.
Winter Park
(407) 645-2050
www.fiddlersgreenorlando.com

Pilsner Urquell
Served in a tall, chilled glass
44.6

Froggers Grill & Bar
27 Alafaya Woods Blvd.
Oviedo
(407) 359-8388
www.froggers.com

 
Bud Light
Beach bar atmosphere, chilled mug
39.9

The Globe
27 Wall Street Plaza
(407) 849-9904
www.wallstplaza.net

 
Bass Ale
A homeless guy asked our tester if he was the health inspector. He answered that he has sensitive teeth.
40.6

Harvey’s Bistro
390 N. Orange Ave.
(407) 246-6560

Sam Adams
This is where the Weekly editorial staff comes for mandatory “wet meetings”
39.6

The Hideaway
516 Virginia Drive
(407) 898-5892

Yuengling
41

Hoops Tavern
47 W. Amelia St.
(407) 843-5618

Icehouse
39.4

Houlihan’s
2600 E. Colonial Drive
(407) 894-3009
www.houlihans.com

Yuengling
47.5

Johnny’s Fillin’ Station
2631 S. Ferncreek Ave.
(407) 894-6900
www.johnnysfillinstation.com

 
Budweiser
Place is packed on a Friday; beer too warm
49.6

Kerryman Pub
988 W. State Road 434
Longwood
(407) 331-5024

Bud Light
Authentic pub feel; chilled glass
37.2

Knight Library Sports Bar and Grill
12289 University Blvd.
(407) 482-2500
www.knightlibrary.com

Killian’s Irish Red
34.9

The Liquid Cellar
12233 University Blvd.
(407) 381-1009

Yuengling
42.8

Lizzy McCormack’s Irish Pub
55 N. Orange Ave.
(407) 426-8007
www.lizzymccormacks.com

Pilsner Urquell
Fresh and cold, can’t be beat
38.1

The Matador
56 E. Pine St.
(407) 872-0844

Bass Ale
No lagers on tap
41.9

McRaney’s Tavern
1566 W. Fairbanks Ave.
Winter Park
(407) 622-4474
www.myspace.com/mcraneystavern

Yuengling
38.1

McWells Restaurant & Bar
4757 S. Orange Ave.
(407) 855-4006
www.mcwellsorlando.com

Yuengling
Frosted mug
36.9

The Old Draft House
1615 Lee Road
(407) 294-5330

Harp Lager
Free popcorn
33.4

Orlando Ale House
641 W. Alafaya Trail
(407) 736-0333
www.alehouseinc.com

 

 

Lots of beers on tap; good service
35.6

Parliament House
410 N. Orange Blossom Trail
(407) 425-7571
www.parliamenthouse.com

 
Coors Light
Kegs are rolled outside for the Sunday T-Parties, thus the rise in temperature
44.1

The Peacock Room
1321 N. Mills Ave.
(407) 228-0048
www.peacockroom.com

Harp Lager
37

Redlight Redlight
535 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park, (407) 539-1711
www.myspace.com/theredlightredlight

Lost Coast Apricot Wheat
38.1

The Social
54 N. Orange Ave.
(407) 246-1419
www.thesocial.org

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
48.2

Sportstown Billiards
2414 E. Robinson St.
(407) 894-6258
www.sportstownbilliards.com

Yuengling
37.6

Stardust Video & Coffee
1842 E. Winter Park Road
(407) 623-3393

Widmer Brothers hefeweizen
Also on tap: Duchesse de Bourgogne red ale, Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout and St. Bernardus Abt 12
44.8

Underground Bluz
12261 University Blvd.
(407) 482-4141
www.ucf.undergroundbluz.com

St. Bernardus
Very cool, as far as college bars near UCF; lots of microbrews
35.2

Wally’s Mills Avenue Liquors
1001 N. Mills Ave.
(407) 896-6975

Tiger Lager
Bottled beer; no draft available
43

White Wolf Café
1829 N. Orange Ave.
(407) 895-9911
www.whitewolfcafe.com

Newcastle
Below freezing?
30.6

Wildside BBQ and Grille
700 E. Washington St.
(407) 872-8665

Orange Blossom Pilsner

All drafts come from the same cooler, so the temps run the same
37.8

COLDER ISN'T ALWAYS BETTER

Beer is supposed to be cold, right? That was the assumption of the Beer Temperature Testing Team, which painstakingly chronicled the temperatures of area drafts.

But what if everything you know about beer temperature is wrong? What if the idea that cold beer equals good beer is a hoax perpetuated by brewers of flavorless American beers to convince you to pour their product down your gullet without noticing how bad it tastes?

That’s exactly what’s going on, according to our buddy Tom Moench. And Moench should know. Not only is he the president and brewer of Orange Blossom Pilsner, but he’ll also be a judge at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver in October. He’s something of an expert.

“A flavorful beer, you’re really doing it a disservice by serving it cold,” Moench tells us. In fact, the Brits have it right. The English don’t drink “warm” beer, per se, but they do tend to serve it at 50 degrees to 55 degrees, Moench says, which is the ideal temperature for the palate to perceive flavors.

“Try a Budweiser at 50 to 55 degrees,” Moench says. “That is a horrid liquid.” Frigidity masks the cheapness of the product.

Moench advises bars to keep their kegs at 38 degrees. Any warmer and beers overcarbonate (i.e., too much head). Any colder, and they can go flat. When ordering a “7-Eleven beer,” as he calls the cheap stuff, pour it in a frosted mug. For a quality beer – say, a St. Bernardus – pour it in a warm glass, then let it sit for a few moments and warm up.

“The more assertive the beer, the more you don’t want to [hide] the flavor,” he says. Amen.

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