On Glassware: A Starter’s Guide

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With every liquid that we consume, we use containers in order for us to consume them comfortably. From water to alcohol, we use glasses, bottles and other similar containers for our beverages. It is, first and foremost, for function.

Drinking beer is associated with drinking it directly from the bottle. I prefer drinking beer poured on a glass. It might sound snooty and highbrow but people don’t drink good beverages directly from the bottle. Good beer should be treated the same way as well. You don’t see oenophiles (wine enthusiasts) drink directly from the bottle. They drink with the appropriate glasses not for the purpose of having a container for wine.

Appropriate glassware is necessary to appreciate a good beer. Having the right glass helps bring out the flavors, aromas and appearance of the beer. Having the right glassware also makes you cool. It makes you look educated (for the hipster in you).

With that in mind, it is hard to evaluate what type of glasses you need for beer appreciation. I listed three types of glassware here in this article due to their versatility and availability. This list is not focused on having the most appropriate glass for the style or type of beer. This is a list focused on having a starting set of glassware for anyone interested in starting out their beer adventure here in the Philippines.

The three glasses I considered are the flute glass, snifter and the goblet. Seen below are the three glasses.

The Glassware Starter Set by Beerman

*Side note: All of these glasses are stemmed glasses. Stemmed glasses are great at retaining the temperature of liquid. Stemmed glasses do not require to person to have his or her hands be close to the liquid thus preventing heat from the hands to reach the liquid.

The Flute 

Flute Glass

I love the flute glass for its versatility. This glass is commonly used for champagnes. It’s universally available to anyone who buys glassware. It is available everywhere and it is the most versatile glass out there. The long and narrow body of the glass is great at releasing aromas of the beer. The long body makes it easy possible to easily swirl the beer to release its aromas.

If you are trying out beers, I believe that this is the best out there for tasting. TO add to the, the flute glass is the glass used by beer judges for beer competitions. That alone is enough of a reason to see that the flute glass is a necessary glass for any serious beer drinker.

The Snifter

Snifter

The snifter is commonly used for cognacs. It is my glass of choice when it comes to drinking beer. I love the round body of the glass which makes it perfect for swirling the beer. The concave orientation of the bowl (the top of the glass) makes it easy for the aromas of the beer to be contained in the glass while preventing the beer to spill over while twirling. I find it the best glass out of the three when it comes to looking at the beer. You can examine all its properties due to the round body and concave bowl.

The Goblet

Chimay Goblet Glass

The goblet is the most bad-ass glass out there. You feel like a king or a high ranking Viking when you have one. My goblet is a Chimay (cue in the laughs, pronounciation: http://www.howjsay.com/index.php?word=chimay).

It is large enough to hold a bottle of beer at 330 ml and its thick glass body is good at maintaining head (cue in the laughs again, head is the actual term for the foam in beer). I love the goblet for the design on the body is great at maintaining the carbonation of the beer. Goblets are great at maintaining the bubbles in beer and it really is one of the best glasses out there to make beer look beautiful. It’s also great at deep sips. You can imagine yourself as a viking after a plunder of a village drinking tons of alcohol with a goblet.

To add to that, Chimay is available at S&R where you can get all three of the beers that the brewery produces while getting a goblet as well. That is the reason why I chose this glass for starters. It’s readily available and bang for your buck.  Lastly, this glass is just made of pure awesomeness.

The Chimay Pack

Glassware is important for beer. I actually cringe when I can’t drink a good beer on a good piece of glass. It’s like drinking a bottle of wine directly. It doesn’t feel right.

Sources:

The first photo comes from Mr Eli Convocar of http://www.booksbitesbrews.com
Check out his blog. He’s a great friend who shares the same passion as I do for beer.
*side note: I actually don’t like the glass used for the beer in that picture.  It’s still better to drink a beer from the glass though. 

Glassware photos and the Chimay pack is from my own collection.

To know more about glassware, check out beer advocate’s article on glassware. Some of the information here was obtained from the site: http://beeradvocate.com/beer/101/glassware

2 thoughts on “On Glassware: A Starter’s Guide

  1. I’m curious to know why out of all the possible options, the more traditional glass tankard isn’t part of the list. I find that it serves not just a utilitarian purpose, but it’s able to give me an opportunity to observe the nuances of the drink.

  2. Thank you for your opinion Artificity. The Tankard is a classic beer glass. There is no doubt about that. My problem with it is that the stem of the glass makes it limited in the styles of beer that can maximize the glass.

    With regards to the Tankard, I think that it is a great glass for clean beers such as pilsners and most German style beers. I’m glad that you gave your opinion about it. This is a personal list for me and I thought of versatility and general availability for people.

    At the end of the day, the best glass for a certain style of beer is the glass that is recommended for the style.

    I hope to hear more from you!

    Cheers!

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