Chances are, when you order any cold brew just about everywhere it is served, you receive it in the ubiquitous pint or shaker glass. There is nothing wrong with that, at least not for the establishment that seeks economy, convenience and a space-saving solution for their glassware. In most cases, pint glasses are very cheap if not free from the breweries as an added promotional benefit in exchange for their business. Also, they are a universal means of complying with legislated measures. For the beer connoisseur, however, there is much left to be desired.
What Does that Beer Glass Do for Your
The chilled pint glass may provide the ready view of color and feel cold in your warm hands, but both of these attributes wear off for the beer enthusiast who has learned to appreciate the olfactory pleasure of rich aromas, a frothy head and robust flavors.
Let’s face it: The shaker glass was made for the purpose of shaking cocktails. At least for wine and brandy, proprietors seem to have taken the qualities of enjoying a libation into account. While the post-Prohibition era ushered in a glut of bland lagers, the practice of delivering American beers in the same glass that you receive your iced coffee suffered less than well-crafted beers. A quick tutorial on the differences seems in order here.
Selecting the Right Beer Glass is Really on the Nose
Contrary to pedestrian thinking, the beer glass is not just some pretentious, pinky-in-the-air manner of drinking a cold brew. They are designed specifically to bring out the best in the brew that the maker intended to infuse in each variety of craft beer. There is actually a science to it.
Lagers – The pint serves robust lagers well. They are large with a wide opening at the top tapering like a tumbler.
Pilsner – The tall glass that preserves the effervescence, providing a continuous show of bubbles emanating from the bottom of the taper while forming the perfect head of foam. A flute glass similarly displays lively carbonation that makes color sparkle.
Wheat Beer Glass – A combination of the lager pint and the Pilsner taper. The tall, slender shape enhances aromas and saves room for the foam to deliver the pleasing smell.
Stemmed Glasses – A variety of shapes such as the chalice, goblet, tulip and snifter. The thickness of these glasses varies. More intended for a sipping beer, they help to retain or trap aromas in richly brewed Belgian ales and German bocks.
Yard Glass – on the rare occasion that you can find them, the very tall yard glass is approximately 1-yard long equating to 90cm with a bulbous bottom and a widening shaft as it climbs to the top. Originating in 17th-century England, the Cambridge Yard, as it is called, was purposed for drinking feats or special toasting ceremonies. It could be associated with today’s beer-bong only in a less ceremonial sense of imbibing.
The glassware you should use really depends on the beer you choose. As beer aficionados learn to find their micro-brews, they discover the pleasures that come with the right choice of beer glasses to fully appreciate the taste of a finely crafted beer.