Pouring perfect pint down to a fine art

CATHERINE HEALY
Last updated 05:00 29/08/2012

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Can you imagine going through nine steps just to pour a pint?

New Zealand's newest Stella Artois Draught Master Tom Loots can show you exactly how it's done. The 24-year-old has been working at De Fontein in Mission Bay for four years now and will happily show off his skills to his customers.

"You could say I've been practising for this for four years but to do it on the day and get the perfect pour was a really good feeling."

The Meadowbank resident was one of 20 people from around New Zealand selected to compete at the Restaurant and Bar Show on August 6 at the ASB Showgrounds.

"It's very technical in terms of how you pour the beer but also the service. You have to present the beer to the judges at the table," he says.

Every aspect must be precise, from purifying the glass to the angle of the knife used to cut the foam off the top of the drink, to the way the glass is placed on the tray for serving. Points are deducted when the steps are not followed correctly.

The big day began at 8.30am at Sky City.

The finalists had to answer questions about Stella Artois to prove their passion for the beer, before going on to show off their pouring skills.

"I was very nervous.

" I'm a very driven person and I strive for perfection so it was a big deal for me," Mr Loots says.

He is studying installation art at postgraduate level at Elim and is working towards his masters degree in fine art.

He departs for Montreal in October, where he will represent New Zealand at the World Draught Masters event.

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