beer 101: glasses

since we appreciate lots of styles of beer, dlb and I have been on the hunt for beer glasses. not just your typical pint glass with a brewery logo on it, but simple, clear glasses for each specific type of beer. depending on which source you look at, there are at least 10 or more different glasses that are used to drink different styles of beer. after doing my research, I think that there are really only five different ones that we would need to complete our glassware selections.
a. flute – typically used as a champagne flute, this glass is used for lively, more carbonated beers. long and narrow bodies ensure that carbonation doesn’t dissipate too quickly. best for drinking American Wild Ales, Gueze, Fruit Lambic and Unblended Lambic.
b. pint – your all around, standard glass. seen mostly at bars because of it’s easy to drink out of shape and because you can drink mostly anything from a pint glass. a British-style pint glass, like the one shown, is bulged near the rim and will serve better for pale ales, bitter, porters and stouts.
c. weizen – these classy glasses, with their slightly bowed-out shape and narrower top will showcase the yeasty, fruity aroma, associated with most Weizenbier, or wheat beers. use this glass for American dark and pale wheat ales, Dunkleweizens, and tasty German Hefeweizens. and contrary to popular American traditions, forget the lemon garnish. the citric will kill the head.
d. snifter – remember your first lessons in wine tasting where you learned to literally stick your nose into the glass after swirling the wine? that round, bubbled shape of the wine glass contributed to the range of aromas captured within. a snifter, commonly used for brandy or cognac, uses this same principal to capture and enhance the aromas of strong ales. use this glass for American Double IPA or Imperial Stout, Barleywine, Belgium Strong Ales, Quadrupels, and Triples.
e. pilsner - tall with an inverted cone shape, this glass focuses the hop aroma of a beer. It allows for zesty carbonation and a robust head. perfect for American Lagers, German Bocks and Pilsners, Japanese Lagers, Witbier, and other low alcohol beers.

{I found all these at Crate and Barrel, but I’m sure there are lots more out there. so until we have a bigger house with a bar or more kitchen space, we’ll stick to our pint glasses and tulips. info via here and my brain.}

3 Responses to “beer 101: glasses”

  1. ali said:

    Who knew beer could be such a sophisticated affair? You did, of course.

  2. Amy Nieto said:

    Fuck. I love beer.


    I’ve also been wanting to try new kinds of beers. A few weeks ago I first tried pumpkin beer. I didnt even know such a brew existed. tasty.

    so if I ever visit portland to research it further, I think I shall invite you to get an awesome beer :D

  3. Catherine said:

    mmm beer! Nothing better right now on a warm summer day! I am not much good with different styles unlike yourself, I am a scardy cat and stick to my favourites. Perhaps if they were all served in the correct glasses I would be more inclined to give them a try!