Choose the Right Glass for Your Homebrew
July 25, 2014 by
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
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
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
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.
beers were to be served in mugs or steins.
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...
Via: Central Restaurant Products