So will you be in a pub drinking beer at 5.30pm next Saturday?

Well it is a shame if you are not, as you will be missing out on the perfect pint, finds a  new study published to support Cask Ale Week – 20-30 September.

The perfect pint has a head of precisely nine millimetres, is served in a proper pint glass – at 5.30pm on a Saturday evening, in a beer garden with your other half, says the St Austell Brewery.

The Cornish brewer’s research also found the impeccable pint should be accompanied by a packet of crisps, a good catch up with your other half, and with mobile phone devices out of sight.

And 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 also found that 43 per cent of British beer fans want to be on friendly terms with the bar staff, and – in homage to the sitcom Cheers’ theme tune – 16 per cent want to go where everybody knows your name.

More than six in ten beer drinkers feel strongly that great taste is a vital component to the perfect pint and an overwhelming 65 per cent said the food you eat to accompany a beer was crucial to the enjoyment of the drink, with crisps, a curry, a burger and peanuts among the top food selections to partner with a pint.

Worryingly 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 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.

According to the research, 22 per cent of British adults think it’s become harder to get a decent pint in the last decade.

A St Austell spokesman said: “With our research, we wanted to shine a light on what makes a perfect, 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.”

The study found 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.

Beer writer Roger Protz 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.”

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