When you’re drinking fine craft brews, the type of glass plays more into the overall experience than one might think. All too often, beer drinkers just assume that a glass is a glass, but the right choice of glassware can definitely turn a good beer into a great beer.
Let’s take a look at a number of glass types, and we’ll tell you what kind of beer it’s best suited for.
Though it seems to have become the default setting for craft brew glassware, that doesn’t mean the pint glass doesn’t have its place on the glass rack. Also known as “Shaker Pints,” the standard American pint glass was originally meant for fitting into cocktail shakers. The main reason why they’ve become so commonplace is most likely because they are inexpensive to produce and they stack up easily in a bar. That’s not to say that a good IPA, stout, porter, ale, or lager would taste terrible in one of these. We all know that isn’t true. It’s just that at the end of the day, these glasses were made for businesses, not beer drinkers.
Arguably the second most popular beer glass. Although many associate it’s shape with cheap domestic beers at happy hour, or Homer Simpson drowning his sorrows at Moe’s Tavern after a long day at the nuclear plant, the mug is actually a fantastic way to enjoy your beer, especially if you like yours cold. The thick walls help insulate the temperature, and the handle keeps your hand off the glass itself, which prevents the beer from warming up.
Plus, they hold more beer than a pint glass.
They’re not just for champagne any more, folks. This is glass with class, but it’s not all just about looks with this one. The long and narrow shape helps keep the carbonation going, which makes it perfect for light beers like pilsners or lagers.
Initially used for brandy and cognac, these short, stout, and stemmed glasses go well with your darker, more flavorful beers. Think stronger, darker ales, stouts, or Fruit Lambic. Brews that give off a particularly bold aroma are well suited for this one. The wider surface area and tapered mouth help hold on to the beer’s scent, which makes every sip a full sensory experience.
Of course, we encourage you to visit Taps & Caps at either our Fort Worth or Lewisville locations to try the beer glasses we do offer. These are just a few examples of glass types, and with our wide selection of brews and knowledgeable staff, you’re sure to learn a whole lot more about what makes for the perfect brew/glass combination.
Let’s raise a glass to craft brew physics.