Photographing Beer

By: Tenna Merchent on June 9th, 2011

I had the distinct pleasure of photographing beer yesterday. It’s easy to take something like beer that you see so frequently for granted. But in a photograph I want to highlight its strong points. So how do I do that?

First of all, I took pictures of colored water to get everything set up and make sure I liked the way it looked. After I thought the shot would work, we hauled ass!

We made sure the mug was cold so that the condensation pearled on the glass just perfectly. Then Jon poured the beer and dashed it to the table so the foam was still rising to the top. From that point on, it’s just fun. I mean, I’m at work taking pictures of beer!

When I was finished, a guest walked by and said, “That sure looks good!” I handed it to him, and he said “Seriously?!” I then explained what we had been doing. I told him he could now brag that he had dated a model, because the beer he was ‘with’ had been posing for professional pictures. Yeah, cheesy, I know. He didn’t seem to mind.


Left to right: Brooklyn Brown Ale from Brooklyn New York, Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, Flat 12 Upside-down Blonde from Indianapolis Indiana.

The Kilkenny Irish Cream is an interesting pour as the foam continues to rise to the top for a few moments. One person said they need to make a screen saver from it.

So why were we taking pictures of beer? It was for the upcoming invitations to the second Beer Dinner. Our wine dinners have been so popular, Chef Jon decided to try a meal where he paired a complimentary beer with each course. The second one is coming up June 24th. Reservations are required, and these dinners fill up, so book early.

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