A Toast to the Beer Glass
As promised, and in lieu of our Domestic Microbrew tasting this coming Wednesday, I am going to take you on a trip to the magical world of the malty beverage and highlight proper beer-ware. Now proper beer-ware is subjective. If you are happy drinking beer out of a red party cup then by all means, go for it. But if you don’t feel like contributing to your local landfill, consider a glass that may assist in accentuating your beer experience.
The Weizen Glass (Wheat Glass) has thin walls and a tapered base, allowing for the fruity and often spiceness of a wheat beer to waft directly into your nostrils. The extended height allows for a decent head often typical of the wheat beer. Suggested Beers: Hefeweizen, Weizenbock, Dunkelweizen, American Wheat, Witbier
The Pint Glass comes in two standard sizes, the American Tumbler which holds 16 oz and the Imperial Nonic (shown) which holds 20 oz. The American Tumbler is the most common and is thicker and heavier than the Nonic. The Nonic has a ridge near the top which helps with stacking and organization in the sud slinger world. The larger volume allows for more beer (obviously) and room for a substantial head. Suggested Beers: Stout, Porter, English Ales
A tall, slender 12 oz glass, the Pilsner Glass showcases the light colors, clarity and effervescence of a Pilsner style lager. Suggested Beers: Czech Pilsner, German Pilsner, American Lager
This stemmed beer glass is designed for Belgian Ales and German Bocks. The Goblet (shown) is typically thinner and more delicate than the heavier, thicker Chalice. If you look into the bottom of the glass you will usually find a scoured texture which is meant to circulate the CO2, providing constant release of bubbles as well as head retention. Suggested Beers: Belgian IPA, Belgian Heavy Dark Ale, Dubbel, Tripel, Quadrupel
If you order a high alcohol beer at your local pub, chances are they will serve it in a smaller portioned glass. The Snifter is the most common. The wide base which tapers to a narrow rim keeps the aromas within the glass and allows for swirling without sloshing beer all over your neighbor. Stick your nose in your glass and be prepared for an intense bouquet of brew. Suggested Beers: Barley Wine, Imperial IPA, Imperial Stout, Lambic, Belgian Strong Ale
If you’ve ever joined a mug club, this is probably what you got. Your very own mug, maybe even with your name on it, proudly hanging amongst the mugs of your friends at your local watering hole. This is the oldest version of a beer holding device, dating back to the Black Plague era. The original mugs came equipped with a lid to prevent flies – evil plague carriers – from landing in your brew. Some of the ornate German Steins still have lids to this day. Suggested Beers: American Amber, American Pale Ale, IPA, English Bitter, English Brown Ale, Scottish Ale
So there you have a sampling of the wide variety of vehicles available to the beer aficionado. There are more to mention, but these are the standards. Don’t be afraid to ask for a glass either. Oftentimes your bartender will overlook the obvious and hand you a brown bottle sans glass. Since the sense of smell makes up the majority of your tasting experience (many flavors you think you are tasting are actually aromas creeping up the back of your throat into your nasal cavity), it seems logical to serve your beer in a glass that will accentuate these aromas. Think about what you may be missing out on by drinking beer out of a tiny hole at the top of your beer bottle. If you truly want to experience your beer, pour it into a glass.
Decanted is located at 1410 Pine Ridge Rd, Naples FL. Join us for monthly beer tastings. More information at http://www.decantedwines.com