Beer Glasses – What is the best for my beer?
How do specific glasses affect my beer?
By Just Beer Community Collection on Dec. 21, 2016
Glassware for beer is a topic that among beer aficionados certainly gets people talking. There are a number of strongly-held opinions on the topic. Some people insist that you must drink beer from a glass, while others rigidly adhere to drinking from the container – whether can or bottle. Still others insist that the whole thing doesn’t matter and would prefer to get back to drinking their beer. Regardless of which side of the debate you’re on, you may still wonder what all the fuss is about with glassware and beer.
Depending on where you go to have a glass or a pint of your favourite brew, you probably noticed that every venue serves beer in different glasses. For example, if you visit Storm Crow Ale House, your beer will come in a straight-sided shaker pint. If you visit Craft Beer Market on the other hand, you’ll typically find special glasses for IPAs and Sours, while the rest come in fairly standard shaker glasses or other standard pub glasses. BierCraft serves a multitude of local and imported beers in the branded glasses from each brewery, and often these seem like special or specific shapes. But why is that?
Some will say that the glass a beer is served in makes no difference, and indeed, for many beer drinkers that is probably true. These folks may not notice the difference between drinking an IPA out of a straight-sided shaker glass, a British Pint, or a Spiegelau Glass. To them, the latter may seem overly-fancy too.
But there are certainly those who will notice and appreciate the differences that the right glassware can reveal. If you’re one of them, read on!
While beer drinkers may ask a number of questions about glassware, these questions can be distilled into three main ones:
- What types of beer glasses are there?
- What are the different shaped beer glasses designed to do?
- And most importantly, what beer styles are these glasses designed for?
To try and sort through these questions and provide you with something meaningful, you’ll find below a description of the most common glassware styles that are found in pubs across BC, and what (if anything) they’re designed to do.
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