So, we’ve come upon the start of another weekend and that means it’s time for our second installment of the Drinking Glass Class! Today’s topic is all about: <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/beer-glasses_15700.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">beer glasses</a>.
That’s right – and not just any old beer. We’re talking about really good beer, because some beer tastes the same out of a can as it does out of a shoe. There are, however, several excellent brews out there and for each kind there is a particular <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/barware-wine-accessories_15690.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">style of glassware</a> to heighten the enjoyment of drinking it.
This is not an endorsement of beer snobbery. It’s nobody’s business what kind of beer another person enjoys; however, if you’re going to pay for and enjoy a truly good beer, you may as well get the most bang for your buck.
<strong>Mug / Stein</strong>
Although perhaps not the most popular beer-drinking vessel, the <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/mug-beer-glasses_15700.html?&option0=optionA=326843|33087~Valu" target="_blank">beer stein</a> is arguably the most iconic. Its shape easily comes to mind when you see the words, as do images of boisterous Germans locked arm in arm as they drink and sing happy songs … that are probably about beer.
The thick, handled design serves two main purposes: easy clinking and avoidance of heat transfer from the hand to the glass. These are often used to drink traditional German-style beers of most any kind including heavier lagers, dunkels and doppelbocks. <em>Prost!</em>
This is the standard go-to glass, largely because it’s cheap and easy to make, and usually comes in 16-ounce and 20-ounce sizes. They are not quite straight-sided, but widen slightly toward the top to promote easy sipping.
Pint glasses are more about utility than enhancing the enjoyment of beer and are therefore ideal for light beer that lacks boldness in body or aroma. <em>Cheers!</em>
<a href="http://www.atgstores.com/pilsner-beer-glasses_15700.html?&option0=optionA=327601|33087~Valu" target="_blank">Pilsner flutes</a> are tall glasses that start small at the base and widen at the top. These are also quite common and are used to serve many styles of lager.
Pilsner, though, is a pale lager that hales from Bohemia, or what is now known as the Czech Republic. It has a light color and crisp aspect, and the flute is preferred to showcase the beer’s color and carbonation while preserving the head at its broad top. <em>Na zdraví!</em>
<strong>Small / Large Tulips (aka Beer Snifters)</strong>
Tulip glasses have wide bowls situated on stems that taper up and then flare out at the lip – like a tulip. The slightly narrowed neck helps trap aromas and keep a strong head, while the bowl and stem promotes holding the glass in a way that allows the hand to slightly warm the beer.
Snifters are good for drinking strong, malty beers like ales and stouts, many of which originate in the United Kingdom, Belgium and France. <em>A votre santé!</em>
There are numerous other types of glasses like the goblet, pokal, and jelly glass, but they are all arguably variations on the themes above.
Happy Friday from <a href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> and remember that while beer glasses may be good, beer goggles are always bad.