I know what you’re thinking, yet another glassware post. The web is already chock full of posts about glassware. Maybe we can find something new and different in this exploration.
I never used to be one of those people who thought the type of glass was really all that important. I started out happily drinking pretty much everything with my 22 oz tankard stein.
It isn’t very aesthetically pleasing but it does a great job of holding a decent amount of beer. This worked out great for quite some time. But I realized that when I drank meads I really didn’t want to pour most if not all the bottle in one sitting.
I got this as shwag from a Goose Island beer dinner at Central City Taphouse a while ago. This became my cider and mead glass. I also ended up using it for Belgian style beers. It worked ok but it still felt like I was missing something.
Then came my Imperial pint glass. My wife got a couple of these for me for Christmas. For me, this was a game changer. I stopped using the tankard as much because my beer showed me nuances I hadn’t found before. I am thinking that I will be enjoying the Session Bitters in the Imperial pint glass when I keg it later this week.
With my love of wheats and pilsners I started doing some looking and this is what I found. A glass perfectly suited to wheat beers. I have been using it most recently for my rye on tap. I like the presentation of my cloudy beer with ample foam that this glass showcases quite well. In a pinch this will also work for pilsner styles and Kolsch but not quite what I am looking for yet. This glass also wasn’t exactly what I want for Belgian styles or fuller flavored beers.
This is when I found the goblet. It works in a pinch for holding in aromas with the tapering mouth. But for head retention it is horrible. Not quite perfect but it served a purpose to an extent. That is until I found …
My tulip glasses. I used this glass initially for my Belgian style amber. The flared mouth holds the head perfectly and the tapered middle holds aromas so you can have the full effect of the interplay of the malt and Belgian yeast while enjoying the visual impact. While trying to find more uses I find that this is also a great glass for the Rum Rebellion. The design helps bring out the oak and malt characters. This will also be the glass I use for my big bock when I keg it in May.
Pretty much all of these glasses were purchased at the dollor store, well, except for the Goose Island glass. I am still looking for a pilsner glass that is more in keeping with what you might normally expect. I may have to branch out and pick one up from a specialty supplier if I don’t find a cheaper source.
When I think of how I used to feel about glassware, I realize that I was missing a dimension to my enjoyment of good beer. Does this mean I will always use the correct glass for a beer? Nah, sometimes it can be super satisfying to simply drink a beer from a can or a bottle, and even more, a red solo cup can be the perfect glass when it comes down to it. I mean honestly, it is beer we are talking about and it will meet us on what ever level we are on.
Time for a pint…