The Guide to Beer Glasses
Posted on September 9, 2011
There are certain cues tuning us in to signs that summer is really over. The air is crisper, leaves turn color and copious amounts of beer are poured into mugs from Munich to Milwaukee. Oktoberfest is frothing on the horizon and unlike what the name suggests, celebrations in Munich begin on the third weekend of September and continue until the first Sunday of October.
So in honor of this hallowed time of year, we’ve created a short list of how to set yourself up with the right beer glasses.
Physically display the heaviness of darker ales with a thick beer mug, and allow thirsty friends and patrons to clink glasses together while cheering on their favorite team. The handle provides a great grip for excited hooligans, rowdy football fans and rambunctious hockey devotees. Beer mugs have long been a staple of Oktoberfest and come in a variety of sizes and styles including, dimpled and paneled sides.
Long and tapered pilsner glasses are a bit more delicate in design from their mug counterparts, but this does not mean that they are for light drinkers. The shape of this glass will display the colors of the pilsner beautifully while retaining a full amount of bubbly head at the top. The light taste of a pilsner pairs well with seafood or spicy foods. Pilsners can also be a great aperitif for the true connoisseur.
Weizenbiers, otherwise known as wheat beers, are yeasty and thick beers…this beer can be the bread course all by itself. The proper glass for a Weizenbier is one that is long and has thin walls. The base of the glass should be narrow, leading up to a widened rim where a large frothy head can gather. Server Weizenbier with a citrus dessert to taste the orange and lemon spices in the beer.
Perhaps the most common beer glass in the United States and United Kingdom is the the pint glass, or pub glass, as it is easy to stack, easy to pour into and easy to drink out of. Every type of beer can be poured into this glass, rendering it an amiable choice for the bar on a budget. Pint glasses typically come in two different sizes, 16 oz and 20 oz. Purchasing both sizes provides an opportunity for bars to run beer specials where patrons will pay a dollar more for four extra ounces of beer in each glass.
The most popular beer to be served in a footed glass would be Stella Artois. Footed glasses can be chilled prior to service, so each guest receives the frostiest beer possible. The stem on the bottom of the glass allows the drinker to hold the glass without warming it up, thus keeping the beer cooler, longer.
The Boot Glass
Last, but certainly not least on the list is the boot. More novelty than anything, the boot glass is a fun way to serve up German ales. Be sure to inform patrons of the proper way to As you drink down the beer and tilt the boot backwards at an angle, an air pocket fills in the toe and has to be cautiously released. The trick to drinking from the boot is to turn the boot so that the toe is pointed either to your left or right while you are drinking. This prevents any air bubbles from building up in the toe, which will force beer up and onto yur face when tipped back upright. Some people turn the boot right before the air bubble comes, but this can result in spilled beer if not done fast enough.