The craft of pouring the perfect beer

SARAH ARGYLE
Last updated 05:00 16/05/2014
 Sam Cunningham
BEAUTIFUL BREW: Sam Cunningham is set to compete in the World Draught Master champs in Cannes.

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It's tough to pour a perfect brew.

But Aucklander Sam Cunningham - son of ex All Black Gary Cunningham - will give it his best shot on Saturday when he competes at World Draught Masters Championships in Cannes.

The event is in its 17th year and celebrates the care and craftsmanship that goes into serving a beer.

Cunningham, 24, makes it look easy, but the art of pouring the perfect beer actually involves a nine-step pouring ritual.

Cunningham lives in Takapuna on Auckland's North Shore and is a promising rugby player - following in the footsteps of his dad who played mid-field for the All Blacks in 1979 and 1980.

He's put the sport on the back burner however to pursue a career in hospitality.

"Dad's always told me there's life after rugby which really made me think."

The World Stella Artois Draught Master final will be held at Hotel Martinez, on May 17. The winner will walk away as the international brand ambassador for Stella Artois.

- What are your tips for the perfect pour? 

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