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Choose the Right Glass for Your Homebrew

July 25, 2014 by Rick Morris:

Just as there are a number of styles of beer, so are there a number of glasses from which to drink them...

When I was just a 19-year old kid I was stationed in The Netherlands, at AFCENT with the United States Army.  By now, I had met my future wife... a Dutch girl.  Little did I know that her father would teach me how to appreciate a fine beer.  In fact, he would teach me everything about beer.  I mean, a year earlier the most important aspects of drinking beer included the fact that I was under-aged (drinking age was 21 years old) and drinking a beer - any beer - was so cool it virtually lifted a teenager into manhood... or so I thought.  The goal was to keep count of the number of beers you drank, so as to impress upon your friends how much you could handle.  The more you could tolerate, the cooler you were.

What a stupid reason for drinking beer!  Honestly, I didn't even like the taste of the piss water I was drinking!  But, hey, my friends accepted me as part of the group.  I was cool.

What I learned during my first few months in Europe was most teenagers didn't even order beer in the techno halls and cafes.  Many drank orange juice or cola.  You could get shunned for doing that as an American!

The next thing I learned in Europe was drinking didn't make one a man: it made you into nothing special, in fact.  What with a drinking age of 16 years old, most teens in Holland could have a bottle of Heineken anytime they wanted it.  It could be obtained from a vending machine!  So there was no special aura of being an under-aged beer drinker.

After growing up overnight, I learned how to appreciate good beer.  It had to be at the proper temperature.  Certain food went with certain beer.  And, the correct glass must be used - a discovery I credit to my Dutch father-in-law in helping to educate me in appreciating good beer.

One of the first things he said is "never frost (freeze) your beer glass".  That's something American commercial brewers have programmed into the minds of beer drinkers with low standards for taste or proper temperature.  This is very important to them because drinking a Budweiser, Busch, Coors, or Miller at a temperature less than super cold will leave off-flavors from the preservatives in the beer.  They want you to drink their beer at very cool temperatures because otherwise, you probably wouldn't like it!

Moving on, every beer has its own glass.  Previously, I was accustomed to drinking beer out of the bottle or can, on the go - just like corporate America's beer producers preferred!  But, I soon discovered that many German beers had mugs. Pilsner beers had tall trumpet glasses.  Oktoberfest beers were to be served in mugs or steins.  Belgian beers were best served with goblets, tulips, or chalices.  Tall Weizen glasses for German wheat beers.  English-Scottish-American ales came with tumblers.

Here is a complete list of the appropriate glasses you should use - including the reasons why they are used - for your next beer...

Beer Glasses Infographic by Central
Via: Central Restaurant Products

The varying types and styles of beer glasses.


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