Cracking open a can or twisting the cap off a cold one for uncritical enjoyment straight from it’s vessel most definitely has a time and place, but when you’re sitting down to savor a good beer, shouldn’t all the hard work put into formulating and brewing that beer be respected?
Pour that beer into a glass! Look at it, smell it (90% of taste is smell after all), and take a gulp! But don’t pour that nice beer into any old glass and certainly don’t let your chosen watering hole serve you in a frosted glass or mug. That practice was born by the big dogs – the colder the beer the better, right? Only if you don’t want to taste it, and who wants to taste beer made largely with corn or rice? That ice cold glass means ice cold beer, depriving you of it’s flavor – the fastest way to disrespect the beer.
Without coming off pompous or pretentious-sounding, the significance of pouring any given beer style into it’s proper glassware can’t be overstated enough. Like wine’s white, red, and fortified types, each beer style has one or more type of glassware which can dramatically enhance the beer’s appearance, aroma, and in some cases, flavor. Does this mean that any time you switch beer styles you’ve also got to switch which glass you drink it from? Absolutely not, and in some cases, people never use more than a common American Pint but, what fun is that? When sampling various beer styles back-to-back I stick to using and offering my guests the Tulip-style glassware and I never use my beer glassware for anything but water.
This list of different styles of glassware is designed to both broaden the horizons of beer consumption and educate said consumer with glassware origin and purpose. To further enhance the experience, don’t just through your nice branded glassware into the dishwasher. Make sure that the beer you’re drinking is coming from Beer Clean Glassware!
American Pint (or Shaker / Tumbler Pint)
Chalice (or Goblet)
Unique / Branded Glassware
Weizen Glass (or Weiss Glass)