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The right glass for your beer

What do you drink your beer out from? Know your mug from your pint glass
CATS Classified In The Straits Times - August 6, 2010
By: Wong Wei Chen
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The right glass for your beer

Some people say different glasses for different beers. Others say, “Humbug”!

Personally, I’m inclined to agree with the proponents rather than the naysayers. Try drinking your tipple from a styrofoam cup, and tell me that it tastes just as good as when you drink it from a spiffy pint glass, then maybe I’ll buy your scepticism.

Each beer style has distinctive characteristics that set it apart from the rest: some sport piquant aromas, while others boast a strong malty flavour. And depending on its prominent attribute, a certain type of glassware will prove more appropriate. For instance, if the beer’s defining characteristic is its aroma, then drinking it from a snifter will help you better appreciate the beverage.

Let’s check out different types of glassware, and see what beer goes into what glass.

Pint glass

The pint glass is characterised by a wide mouth at the top and a slight taper towards the bottom, and is sometimes marked by a bulge about an inch from the top. Pint glasses come in two sizes – the 16-ounce American version and the 20-ounce Imperial version. For beers that have foamy heads, the 20-ounce pint glass is preferred, since it allows more room for the head.

Beers that that go well with pint glasses include Irish dry stouts, American stouts, porters, ales and the India Pale Ale.

Pilsner glass

The slender shape of the Pilsner glass is important when it comes to brews whose distinctive trait is carbonation. This type of glass facilitates more feisty carbonation, and helps you get more fizz out of your drink.

As is obvious from its name, this glass is good for Pilsners. Many lagers and some bocks go well with the Pilsner glass too.

Snifter

These wide-bowled and stemmed glasses with tapered mouths are ideal for capturing the aromas of strong, aromatic ales. Since you’re going to be pouring a substantial amount of beer into the glass (compared to when you’re drinking cognac or brandy), make sure you choose a glass that’s large enough for you to swirl and agitate the beer without spilling.

Snifters are good for a variety of pale and dark ales, but are also suitable for Imperial stouts. In a nutshell, if scent is the most important trait of a beer, than a snifter is the glass for you.

Mug

The good old mug! These sturdy containers are perennial favourites that can hold lots of booze – good news for those who really love their tipple!

A huge variety of beers can be served in these versatile containers, including all sorts of ales, lagers, stouts, porters and wheat beers.

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