Goblets and Draughts: Beer Glassware
But while some labels are adamant about the type of glassware needed, chances are that you already posses the proper implements to truly bring out a beer's inner flavors.
Keep It Clean and Neat
In the same vein, it is often best to use a glass with a stem. Holding the glass from the stem both prevents the glass from getting dirty while ensuring that the beer does not get too warm from excessive handling.
Otherwise, the key to a good glass is finding one that will release the aromas in the same way that wine glasses allow wine to open up and release its flavors.
As a result, almost any stemmed wineglasses will also work for beer--whether you are serving a golden ale or Russian stout.
Red versus White
For dark beers, red wine glasses are preferable. Unlike the white wine glasses, the red wine glasses allow for cupping the bowl of the glass to warm the beer when it is too cold outside for ice cold brew.
But the best thing for certain beers is to use a traditional glass. For instance, the typical Bavarian weissbier is best served in a tall glass with a broad foot in that a weissbier has high carbonation and fluffy head that requires a glass that can handle plenty of foam.
Another reason to stock the proper glassware is to provide the appropriate atmosphere. In Europe, for instance, Belgian wheat beer is often served in a tumbler to show off the golden color and tempt the drinker to take deep draughts.
Another popular form of glassware is the pint glass, which imparts the proletarian sense of drinking in a "pub" or bar.
From the Brewery to the House
These glasses are often available at good beer shops and stores such as Crate and Barrel.
Stress Free is the Best Key
If you are at a picnic or barbecue, the proper glassware should be the least of your worries. At this stage, plastic cups will serve just as well.
While most people will not use plastic at the dinner table, most people also do not take their best China to the park.
So whether you are drinking at home or outdoors, have fun first and worry about the appropriate service later.
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