Glassware Guide: Intro - Brooklyn Brew Shop

Glassware Guide

Updated on March 29, 2016

Bottles and cans are great but we'll be drinking our beers from a glass. The right glass ensures a beer smells and tastes how the brewer intended. The right glass zeros in and amplifies the qualities that make that specific style of beer special. This means focusing your attention on the fruity fragrance, hazy body, and voluminous head of a wheat ale, or inky blackness and complex aroma of a stout. It gives a Belgian beer room for a strong head and captures the elaborate hop aromas of an IPA. When pouring your next beer keep these things in mind:
  • Intensity and Alcohol Content

    Generally, the stronger the beer, the smaller the glass.
  • Head Room

    Different beer styles have different types of heads, and the glass you choose should reflect that. The head of a wheat beer is very different from that of an English-style pub ale, and a proper glass for each will match that beer's needs.
  • Complexity and Aroma

    A glass should help contain and amplify desirable aromas, such as those found in an Imperial IPA or barrel-aged sour.
  • Tradition

    As beer styles developed over the centuries, glassware developed right beside them. There's a reason Belgian Strong Ales are traditionally served in goblets; they’re the perfect glass for that type of beer.
  • Cleanliness

    A dirty glass is unappetizing and can negatively affect the aroma and carbonation of your beer.
  • Temperature

    There is no need to chill (or frost) your beer glass. A glass that is too cold will cool the beer to temperatures that can inhibit aroma and flavor.