How to Select a Beer Glass for Your Taste
This glassware, beer glasses provide the vessel for one of the most popular beverages in the world. The variety of this glassware exists for a number of reasons; traditions, legislative, practicality, commercial, to compliment different styles, or the effect on the beer head. Whatever the reason the proper beer glasses are as important to a beer coinsurer as a wine glass is to a wine coinsurer. As soon as the beer hits the glass its color, aroma and taste are altered, your anticipation is tweaked.
What type of beer glasses is recommended for what beers?
- Mugs or Steins These are traditionally heavy, sturdy and have a handle. These beer glasses come in many sizes and shapes. The best part of a mug is they can be clinked together with confidence that they will not break. These beer glasses are easy to drink from and hold plenty of volume. A Stein is the stone equivalent to a mug and traditionally has a lid, which dates back to the Black Plague when it was used to keep flies from dropping in the beer. These beer glasses are best suited to Ales.
- Pilsner A tall slender and tapered 12-ounce glass shaped like a trumpet. These beer glasses capture the colors and effervesce of a Pils while maintaining a head. Pale lagers and bock beers are served in this barware.
- Pint Glasses These beer glasses are cylindrical in shape, with a slight taper and a wide mouth. This glassware is cheap to make, easy to store and easy to drink from. These are the workhorses of beer glasses and used most commonly.
- Tulip A stemmed, shaped like a tulip the top of the glass pushes out to form a lip which captures the head. These beer glasses are from Belgium. The drink ware is designed to induce and support a large foamy head. These beer glasses work well with Belgium and Scotch ales.
Further tricks to enhance your patrons experience include chilling the glass and storage. While controversial serving a beer in an ice cold glass is the preferred way by many drinkers. Some do believe that this practice in fact dilutes the beverage as the condensation melts. The choice is up to you. Due to lack of space it is common practice to stack these glasses. Stacking barware can create tiny cracks and imperfections in the rims of the glass. This will prevent a head from forming. Beer is designed to be served with a foamy head. The bubbles carry the aroma; the aroma plays a part in the taste and the experience. The foam also has an effect of the way the beverage feels in your mouth. The density gives a creamy quality and a sense of fullness on the tongue.