I had an unusual beer experience today.
The beer I ordered with dinner poured into the glass with a slushy sorbet consistency. Very weird. The beer flowed out of the bottle no problem, and none of what remained in the bottle after I poured was frozen. The beer itself seemed perfectly normal. I think what was happening was that the beer was only just above freezing, and the chilled, thick-bottomed mug I was pouring it into was even colder. The temperature differential between the two meant the beer froze into a foamy slush when it touched the mug. Or maybe not. Anyone got a better explanation?
Anyway it was quite disconcerting. At first I thought the restaurant had developed a trick for deliberately achieving this amazing effect. Then I remembered the waiter looked as surprised as me to see a beer sorbet on my table. Perhaps it was just a fluke. Or was the waiter surprised at my surprise?
Are there any restaurants or bars that deliberately try to reproduce this effect? I guess it’s the ultimate in a cold beer.
My only other frozen beer experience (besides the obligatory exploded bottles in the freezer) was on an Eva Airways flight from Taipei to Manila. I settled in and asked for a beer. I think it was a Kirin. When the beer showed up I found it not only refused to pour more than a dribble, but something was rattling around inside the can. Realizing it had frozen solid I asked the flight attendant for another one. No need she said. If I would only wait this one would eventually defrost. Well at least that sorted out my in-flight entertainment. Thanks Eva Air!