Wearing white after Labor Day. Inviting your ex to your wedding. Serving cucumber sandwiches at a Super Bowl party…there are some things you simply don’t do. And pouring a porter into a pilsner glass is one of them.
Greek to you? You’re not alone. One of the great things to come out of the recent craft beer movement is the revelation that beer can be just as complex and refined as a fine wine. And just like wine, each kind of beer has flavor notes and aromas that are suited to a particular kind of glass.
A different glass for each beer? Absolutely! From mugs to snifters to tulip-shaped receptacles, there is an astounding array of beer-specific glasses that pair perfectly with the beer inside. Take the elegant pilsner glass, for example. This trumpet-shaped glass is tall, slender and tapered to showcase a particular beer’s color, clarity and carbonation. It also promotes head retention, which captures delicious taste-enhancing aromas. It’s best suited for lagers, pilsners and lighter beers.
For your favorite hefeweizen, the weizen glass is the only way to go. With thin walls and pronounced length, an authentic Bavarian weizen glass showcases a beer’s color and allows for headspace to contain the fluffy heads indicative of the style. It’s also said that the glass is tapered to trap yeast at the bottom of the glass.
The staple of alehouses is the pint glass. Whether British or American, 16 or 20 oz., these glasses feature sturdy build and wide mouths for the enjoyment of heavier esters found in ales, oatmeal stouts, English IPAs and premium American lagers.
The fact is, humans have been perfecting the craft of beer for millennia. And thankfully, it shows no signs of disappearing anytime soon. Adding a few different types of glassware to your home bar can make the enjoyment of your favorite brew that much more refreshing. And sophisticated.
So how many beer glass types do you have in your home bar? Do you have the right glasses for your favorite brew?