The perfect pint revealed – and it requires some very specific conditions

The perfect pint has a head of precisely nine millimetres, is served in a proper pint glass and should be enjoyed at 5.30pm on a Saturday with your other half, according to a study.

British beer lovers revealed the components for the perfect drinking experience and revealed that the ideal pint should be accompanied by a packet of crisps, a good catch up with your partner and mobile phone devices out of sight.

The perfect setting is a country pub, with a beer garden and it should take exactly 28 minutes to enjoy, the poll found.

The study of 2,000 Brits, commissioned by St Austell Brewery’s Proper Job IPA to mark Cask Ale Week, also found that 43 per cent of beer fans want to be on friendly terms with the bar staff and, in homage to the sitcom Cheers, 16 per cent want to go where everybody knows your name.

More than six in ten beer aficionados feel strongly that great taste is a vital component to the perfect pint.

Of those quizzed 65 per cent said the food you eat to accompany a beer was crucial to the enjoyment of the drink with crisps, curry, burgers and peanuts among the top pairings.

Yet 23 per cent of Brits said they hardly ever drink a faultless pint, with almost a third (32 per cent) claiming that the temperature is nearly always wrong.

Nearly three in ten (29 per cent) claim loud music always ruins their drinking experience and 38 per cent say that their pints are spoilt by being served in dirty glasses.

Just over a quarter of Brits (26 per cent) complain that many pubs and bars offer a poor selection of beers and four in ten bemoan the cost of a pint.


A Proper Job spokesman said: “With our research we wanted to shine a light on what makes a perfect, proper pint.

“At Proper Job we believe that everything should be proper, and for Cask Ale Week we wanted to find out what British beer aficionados say makes a proper pint.

“Our research reveals that there are many important factors ranging from who you’re drinking it with, where you’re drinking it and at what time of the day.

“Taste is key for the majority of beer lovers, and what you eat with your beer is also really important.

“We hope this study will help Brits enjoy a proper pint during Cask Ale Week.”
According to the research, 22 per cent of British adults think it’s become harder to get a decent pint in the last decade.


Yet 45 per cent described a pint as vital to Britain, claiming it was part of our national character.

Just over one in ten said there was no better way to savour the perfect pint than when you had no worries on your mind.

Good Beer Guide Editor Roger Prot said: “In Britain, beer is so much more than just a drink.

“It’s about the overall experience – good taste, ideally suited food pairings, served in proper pubs by landlords who are obsessed with beer quality and doing things the right way when it comes to the conditioning.

“There are many things to consider when it comes to the essential ingredients of a perfect pint.

“It’s reassuring to see that Brits are more passionate than ever about the doing things properly when it comes to enjoying beer.”

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