Glassware Matters: A Quick Tutorial On Purpose, Use & Maintenance

There’s always a time and place for drinking beer straight from the bottle or can. It’s pretty limited, but there are such places and times. Not having a glass should never keep you from a good beer. EVER. But if and when the occasion permits, I firmly believe that beer is best enjoyed when sipped from the appropriate glassware.  If you have no choice, then any vessel – solo cup, wine glass, sippy cup – will do. But if you have options (and most bars, pubs and homes have options), then always ALWAYS ask for a glass. Beer Cartel explains why it in three easy steps!

Why beer from a glass

Still, the Question Remains: Which Glass for Which Brew? 

Geeks take this kinda seriously. Like, some freak out and will totally send back a beer that’s served to them in the wrong glass. I might or might not have done it myself, once or twice. Some establishments serve everything from a shaker pint (which isn’t even a beer glass, by the way) but other places really take pride in serving beer from the appropriate glass. Below I’m offering you a quick tutorial on some common glass types, their design features and the type of beer for which they’re perfectly made. 
 
Weizen2  Flute2

Snifter2 Stein2 Tulip2
 

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And Now that You have All of This Fancy Glassware…

…you’re going to want to take good care of it. Here are a few tips for how to treat your glassware right:

  • Hand wash your glassware using mild detergent. Anything stronger will leave those ugly, murky streaks, which prevents light from getting through. Your beer won’t look as cool. Heavy soap, when not properly rinsed, will undoubtedly impact the taste and aroma. The regular dish soap you use for all of your other dishes is just fine.
  • Allow glasses to air dry. Don’t take a towel (even a clean one) and wipe them dry. That will leave lent and other debris on and in the glass and can even cause scratching. Using a drying rack or even placing them mouth-side-down on a clean towel is a-okay.
  • Do not store your glassware in the freezer. I know, you see people doing this ALL OF THE TIME. Even some pubs will offer you a chilled glass. Kindly decline. Not only will the condensation eventually turn into water and impact the flavor of your brew, but freezers carry off-flavors and scents that will adhere to your glass. You know how frostbitten food and funky ice taste? Exactly. You don’t need that interfering with the taste of your perfectly crafted beer.
  • Properly store your glassware. Mouth-side-up versus mouth-side-down is an ongoing debate and really, there are pros and cons to both. Storing glassware mouth-side-down keeps dust and other particles from settling in the glass when it’s not in use. However, storing delicately thin glassware in this manner increases the likelihood that the rim will be chipped. Using padded cabinet liners where you store your glassware can easily solve the ‘potentially chipped rim’ issue, right away.

This Quick Tutorial Should Have You All Set!

Grab a brew, pour it up and enjoy! Cheers!