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How to Choose The Right Glass for your Beer

Posted by The Brew Bus on July 29, 2015

There are a seemingly endless array of beer vessels to choose from. These different glass styles weren't developed over the years just to make beer drinkers look cool and sophisticated. The right glass can improve the way you smell, see, taste, and pour different styles of beer. While there are several types of glassware that compliment each style of beer, we think there are some glass/beer combinations that work perfectly.

Blueberry Wheat Ale

Tall Tulip Glass: You're My Boy Blue

A fun beer should be served in a fun glass. Unfiltered wheat ales are traditionally served in a weizen glass, but we think this tall tulip is a slightly better choice for a few reasons. Seeing and smelling this beer flaunts every detail that makes it so great. We use real blueberries and no added flavors. The tall shape of this tulip prevents the sediment from sinking to the bottom and the wide surface area shows off it's natural deep purple color and strong aromatics that some people have compared to blueberry muffins.

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Weizen Glass: Are Wheat There Yet Hoppy Wheat Ale

Our Hoppy Wheat Ale is an interesting and complex brew. At first it hits you like an IPA with a blast of hops on the front. The finish is something more like what you'd expect from an American Wheat Ale with a mild yeast character. We recommend the Weizen glass. Often confused with the pilsner glass, the weizen has curved sides which help to keep aroma in and promotes a thicker head. The elongated shape helps to show off this unfiltered ale and prevents the all of the sediment from sinking to the bottom. Pour this beer a little harder than you think you should. This will help to release the citrus and hop aromas and promote a thick and creamy head.

English Style Porter

Stemmed Pilsner Glass: Double Decker English-Style Porter

Our porter is silky and decadent. It has a roasty aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Getting a nose full of this beer is just as important as getting a mouth full. We prefer this glass from Spiegalau which they call a stemmed pilsner.  The wide surface area displays the dark color perfectly. The rounded sides keep in the aroma like a snifter would, while the lip helps to retain a fluffy head. Try pouring only half of the beer at first. This will help to prevent the head from totally dissipating, plus the extra air space is great for retaining aroma. 

India Pale Ale

IPA Glass: Last Stop India Pale Ale

For a while the only choices that made sense for an IPA were a basic shaker pint or a snifter for some double and triple IPAs with a high ABVs. That all changed when Spiegalau introduced this IPA glass. It was designed in collaboration with Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada - two guys who really know their hops. The varying widths of this glass helps to release our citrus and pine aromas from the bottom. The rounded lip retains those aromas and promotes a fluffy head. Last Stop is very crushable with a medium mouthfeel and a full hop flavor that can hide its bold 7.2% ABV. The wide mouth and thin sidewalls of the rim compliment this beer perfectly.

Irish Style Red Ale

Nonic Pint Glass: Rollin Dirty Irish-Style Red Ale

A nonic pint, AKA a nonik pint, AKA an English pub glass is an ideal choice for our Irish-style red ale. Not too sweet, not too malty, not too thick; this beer is very vesatile and so is this glass. The wide and straight shape is perfect for this beer's caramel colored head and cognac color. Don't be afraid to take a big gulp. The bulge at the top of this glass is primarily there for grip and stacking but also provides some aeration to release more of the toffee aromas on this ale.

 

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