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The Right Glass for the Right Beer

By Edited Jun 28, 2016 1 0

Good to the Last Drop

The truth is most people don’t give a rip about what type of glass their precious frothy brew is poured in to.  We would rather spend our time drinking the nectar of the gods than contemplating the shape of the glass and whether or not we are truly able to appreciate the bouquet on our frosty, randomly chosen from the menu, India Pale Ale.  This being the case, we are going to keep it simple and break down just a few of the most commonly used types of beer glassware and why they are the best option.

Let us begin with everyone’s go-to beer glass, the pint glass.  There are actually a few different size pint glasses but we are going to talk about the two most common.

American Pint Glass
First, the good ol’ American Pint Glass.  Everyone recognizes this one because your local restaurant uses it to serve up every beverage under the sun.  From your fizzy yellow lager to your favorite sweet tea this glass has been delivering 16 oz. of delicious beverage for many years. 

However, there is in fact a movement to make the American pint glass (or shaker pint) with its straight sides and anti-head-retention design, go away.  If your travels should take you out side of the states there is, in fact, nary a shaker pint to be found.  Everything about its design from its straight sides to the wider mouth and narrow base works against trapping the aromas, which is a huge part of the flavor, of the beer.  Keeping this all in mind, I am not going to recommend this type of glass for anyone who calls themselves a craft beer enthusiast, stick to your fizzy yellow lager if you are going to use this one.

Imperial Pint
Not quite as common but ten times as useful is the British (or Imperial) Pint glass.  Weighing in at 20 oz. this glass serves as the all-purpose glass for English Ales.  Sporting a Bulbous protrusion toward the top of the glass, not only is it easier to hold on to but it supports head retention and holds in the precious aromas that make craft beer so wonderful.  Use this glass when enjoying a bitter, mild, brown ale or an old ale. 

Weizen (wheat) glass
Next let’s talk about Weizen or Wheat glasses.  As you can probably gather from its namesake these glasses are used for wheat beers.  The characteristics of this glass that stand out are its wide mouth, narrow bottom, and slightly fluted shape.  It holds around 16.9 oz. leaving room to accommodate the often thick and fluffy head of most wheat beers.  Obviously, this should be your choice glass for most wheat beers.

Tulip Glass
Lastly we are going to discuss my favorite beer glass (because it’s meant to hold my favorite types of beer) the tulip glass.  The noticeable traits of this glass are the bulbous body and the lip that flairs out, to varying degrees, at the top to aid in head retention.   Most often served in a tulip are very aromatic ales such as Scottish ales, Double/Imperial IPAs, and sour ales.

Choosing beer glassware is not an exact science.  There is plenty of room for experimentation and personal preference.  These are just a few helpful hints to consider when relishing your favorite brew.  In fact if your are feeling adventurous check out the glasses available here at pretentious glass.

If you'd like to find out more you can read another of my Craft Beer articles here.  As always thank you so much for reading, I hope you found the article enjoyable and informative!

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