A Short Piece On Glassware…

How to Choose the Right Glassware for your Beer!

Beer is as historical as it is delicious and I can’t get enough of it. References to beer date back to 3500–3100 BC and was often made only in the domestic scale until 7th century AD when European monasteries started to produce it and sell it. Soon industrial production would replace domestic brewing and with the invention of hydrometers and thermometers it gave brewers new control over the brew process and the end result.
When it comes to glassware and beer you of course have tons of options. The way I see it however there are really only two categories of beer glassware and they are historical and technical. You can drink beer from glasses that are designed to show off a beer’s volatiles which are compounds that evaporate from beer to create its aroma. Volatiles like hop oils, all kinds of yeast fermentation byproducts like alcohol, fusels and fruity esters, and spices. Glasses that seek to show these features off I call technical glasses. Glasses that house certain beers because that is what historically they were drank out of I call historical glassware.

Technical Glassware

The Tulip Glass
I really don’t care what people say I think any beer is better off in a tulip glass. The glass is specifically designed to capture and enhance volatiles, support a foamy head, and it has room for the beer to aerate to give you a good whiff of the beer. The lip on the glass also pushes the beer to the middle of your tongue where it can perceives sweetness and flavor better. The stem bottom prevents you from warming your beer with your hands also helping you preserve the flavor of your beer.

Sam Adams Perfect Pint
This glass is really a combination of a traditional pint glass and the tulip glass. It has a smaller bottom to prevent you from warming it, a lip at the top, and wide middle for trapping the aromas of the beer. The Sam Adams perfect pint also has laser etching around the rim as well as at the bottom to form bubbles in your glass. The bubbles help release the aroma of the beer as well as preserve the head.

Weizen Glass
Wheat beers are very refreshing and often times sweet. The require a special glass because of the amount of head they produce. The wheat in the beer provides it with more protein. more protein mean more head. This tall over sized glass is designed to show off the beers color as well as provide plenty of room for the head.

Pilsner Glass
These glasses are much like the Weizen Glass, but without the tulip like bulge in the middle. It’s designed to show off the color and carbonation of a pilsner. It’s also designed to retain the head of the beer.

Historical Glassware

The Pint Glass
This is probably what you are use to seeing beer poured in. It’s a glass it’s 16 oz and that’s about it. It’s not particularly good for showing off the beer or improving the flavor or aroma.

Mug/Seidel/Stein
Beer mugs are often times big and study holding a lot of liquid and are easy to drink out of. A seidel is a German beer mug not to be confused with a stein which often times has a lid. A lid on your beer? But Why? The lid on the German stein goes back to the days the bubonic plague and several invasions of flies in Europe and was designed to keep the flies out of your beer to prevent the spread of the disease. Interesting no?

Goblet or Chalice

Designed for heavy sipping beers like some Belgian beers and German beers. The destinction between a goblet and chalice is Goblets or often times a lot thinner and lighter and chalices are much thinker and heavier.

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