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Thursday, May 16, 2013


BE A RICHER POURER—With a tsunami of interest in craft beer being the rage, the more you know about what glass to pour your liquid assets into--the more fun you’ll have.  The following is a pairing of sorts: the right beer/ale with the right glass to serve it in.  We thank the Brewer’s Association at for providing the following media information so we can share it with you.

The snifter glass is most commonly associated with digestif beverages such as bourbon and brandy. However, it can be a great craft beer glass for certain types of ale. The large, round bottom is designed to increase the heat transfer from your hand, thus warming the beer. The top tapers inward trapping aromas. Very strong beers—over 8 percent alcohol—are best-suited for this type of glassware.

Suggested Beer Styles for the snifter:
English, Irish & Scottish Ales:
Russian Imperial Stout
Strong Ale
Old Ale
English-Style Barleywine

American Ales:
Imperial or Double IPA:
American Barleywine

Belgian & French Ales:
Belgian Strong Dark

Classic Lagers:

While similar to the pilsner flute, the pokal has a stemmed bottom similar to a wine glass. The pokal is often used to serve German bockstyle lager beers. These beers are traditionally very malty and the glass presents bock’s sweet aromas while maintaining a nice head of foam.

Suggested Beer Styles for the Stemmed Pokal:
English, Irish & Scottish Ales:
Scotch Ale

Other Ales and Hybrids:

Classic Lagers:
Heller Bock or Maibock Bock

This is a tall, slender glass that some people confuse with a champagne flute. The conical shape helps maintain the pilsner’s pillowy head while offering a wonderful view of the sparkling clarity of this-lager style beer. The narrow design brings aromas to your nose as you tip the glass back for a sip.

Suggested Beer Styles for the Pilsner Flute:
English, Irish & Scottish Ales:
Scotch Ale

Other Ales & Hybrids:
Berliner Weisse
Dusseldorfer Altbier
Cream Ale
California Common Beer

Classic Lagers:
Bohemian Pilsner
German Pilsner
Dortmunder Export

As its name suggests, the French jelly glass was first used to store fruit jellies or preserves in provincial France and Belgium. In between jellies, the farmers used them for beverages. These glasses feature a wide mouth tapering down to a small base with large jewel-like facets around the side.

Suggested Beer Styles for the French Jelly Glass:

Belgian & French Ales:
Witbier White Ale

This glass is what most people think of as the traditional pint glass. It’s easy to stack and clean and is inexpensive to produce. The wide mouth promotes easy sipping, but aroma and flavor are diminished with this type of glass. It is commonly used to serve light American lagers.
Suggested Beer Styles for the American Shaker Pint:

American Ales:

Amber Ale
Red Ale

Other Ales & Hybrids:
American Wheat Ale

Classic Lagers:
American Amber Lager

The Imperial pint was adopted as an official measure by British Parliament in 1824. Using this official system of measurement, the “nonick” version of the Imperial pint glass was produced for use in pubs in the 1960’s. The glass bulges out at the top which improves grip, prevents glasses from sticking together when stacked, adds strength and reduces chipping.

Suggested Beer Styles for the “Nonick” Imperial Pint:
English, Irish & Scottish Ales:
English Pale Ale
Ordinary Bitter/Best Bitter/ESB
English-Style India Pale Ale
English Brown Ale
English-Style Porter

American Ales:
American Pale Ale
American Brown Ale
American Porter and Stout

These glasses vary in design for each brewery that produces them. They are often beautiful pieces of glass art with brightly colored brewery logos adorning their sides. While they have different designs and shapes, they share some common features. They typically have long, thick stems and a wide mouth for easy sipping. Many have nucleation sites (etchings) on the bottom which produce bubbles and maintain an attractive, frothy head that intensifies aromas.

Suggested Beer Styles for the Stemmed Abbey Goblet:
Belgian & French Ales:
Abbey Dubbel

With its distinctive dimpled sides, this glass is used to serve traditional German-style beers. The stein is made from thick glass that can withstand spirited clinking. The wide mouth promotes easy drinking and the thick handle eliminates heat transfer from your hand.

Suggested Beer Styles for the Handed Glass Stein:
Classic Lagers:
Munich Dunkel

This tall, sloping glass is a traditional German favorite for weissbiers or wheat beers. They have a wide mouth to contain a generous head of foam. When the glass is tipped back, the additional of air increases the amount of pleasant clove or banana aromas that characterize wheat beers.

Suggested Beer Styles for the Weissbier “Vase
Other Ales & Hybrids:
Bavarian Hefeweisse

Classic Lagers:
Munich Dunkel

Tulip glasses trap aromas and maintain a frothy head due to their undulating, tulip-like design. This shape aids in drinkability and elevates the overall tasting experience. This type of glassware is best for strongly flavored, malty craft beers. Like the stemmed goblet, the tulip shape can trap the sweet aromatics produced by heavy beers while maintaining a lively head.

Suggested Beer Styles for the Large Tulip Glass:
Belgian & French Ales:
Abbey Tripel
Biere de Garde
Lambic and Gueze
Flemish Brown and Red

The Irish Imperial pint glass features a wide mouth tapering down to a small base. This glass is similar, but slightly different, to the British-style Imperial pint glass. The small surface area where it’s gripped decreases the amount of heat transferred from your hand keeping the beer cooler for longer. The wide mouth encourages a frothy head and easy sipping.

Suggested Beer Styles for the Irish Imperial Pint:
English, Irish & Scottish Ales:

American Ales:
American Stout


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