Recently we did a little post here on beer glass styles where Bob the Brit shared some of his more interesting beer drinking glasses. He’s got everything from regular pint glasses, to leather vessels, to a sterling silver beauty from the 1700’s! If you missed the post and all the cool pictures, check it out!
My beer glass collection on the other hand, is a bit more basic. I have a few pint glasses, a few lager glasses and a couple of tulips!
It seems, particularly with the Belgian beers, there is a glass for every beer. Not just every beer style, but each brand! This chalice, that chalice – WTF?
In the USA, some interesting and notable examples of brand-specific beer glasses are the funky Sam Adams glass (on the left), and the Dog Fish Head Glass. (below) I think its a trend that is taking off. But why?
So, being someone who is looking to learn – I put this question out to you.
Do different beer glasses really make a difference in the beer-drinking experience? Do different beer glasses really matter?
If you were to drink a glass of Chimay in a Westmalle chalice glass, would you be missing something from the experience? OR, what if you were to drink something like Coors Lite in a Dogfish Head glass (with the nucleation thing for bubble-making) would the Coors taste a lot better?
I’m just throwing out examples here, but I’m really wondering if special beer glasses actually make a particular beer taste better than if the same beer were drank from another glass? Or, is it more of a marketing gimmick and conversation piece?
Don’t get me wrong, I like the variety and the statement that a cool looking beer glass glass can make (even though I don’t own any!). I also can see the branding that gets reinforced by serving a particular beer in a particular glass – but, does the glass make a real difference when it comes to a beer’s taste?
I’d also like to thank Royce from F*ck if We Know for the inspiration for this post, and getting me to ponder this question. He had mentioned that there was a restaurant near his home that had 3o-something beers, each served with their own special glass! Hmmmm. Over the top, or refined beer-drinking technology? What say you?