Tamre Mullins, a Cicerone Certified beer server and beer advocate, explains why the right glass can mean everything when it comes getting the full flavor out of your brew.
"American Craft Beer Week is the perfect time to take your beer drinking to the next level. Whether you choose bottles or cans, you'll get the most flavor out of your beer if you pour it into a glass.
Just like using different wine glasses for different types of wine to enhance the experience, the right shaped glassware can be life-changing for your beer. Tall, thin glassware is perfect for light, bubbly pilsners and ciders while snifters allow you to catch all the aroma in stouts and barely wines.
If there's a beer style, there's probably a special glass to go with it. But don't worry, you won't be filling your cabinets with glasses you only use once a year. There are four main glasses you can grab that can work well with multiple styles of beer. You can find these glasses as a set of four together or buy them on their own based on what you like to drink.
Pilsner Glass (Tall and thin)
The narrow bottom and tall sides of a pilsner glass act much like a champagne glass.
The small surface area on the bottom of the glass control the release of bubbles which keeps the beer from going flat too quickly.
Wheat Glass (narrow bottom and wide mouth)
Wheat beers produce a lot of foam when you pour them and the larger belled shape mouth gives the beer enough room for the foamy head.
This glass is tricky though since it's a larger glass. Filled completely it can hold two 12-oz. beers.
The lager glass is the closest thing to the standard pint glass you're used to seeing in bars and restaurants.
It's a good all around glass that will work great for your IPAs, pale ales and amber lagers. It helps the beer retain some of the foamy head and the nice wide opening makes it easy to smell the beer's aroma.
Tulips are the sexy swiss army knife of beer glassware. It's a seriously pretty glass with it's small footed stem and a sweeping curve. Tulip glasses can be used for almost any beer.
Stouts, porters, double IPAs and barleywines all taste great from a tulip glass. The narrow opening concentrates the aroma while the larger bottom lets the beer move around.
Good glassware has a time and a place. I certainly don't use it when I'm tailgating or throwing a big house party, however it is helpful to use when you've got a rare beer to drink or you want to serve beer with a nicer meal. You'll get the most out of the beer and taste things you never realized went into the making of your brew."
- Tamre Mullins, shown above, is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server from Indianapolis, Ind . She has spent the last 10 years as an advocate for the craft beer industry. Tamre shares her knowledge through volunteering for breweries, teaching classes and writing for various craft beer publications around the country.
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