Glassware Guide: Snifter - Brooklyn Brew Shop

Glassware Guide

Updated on March 23, 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. Traditionally used for complex spirits like cognac, the Snifter has become popular among beer drinkers in recent years. A short stem and foot are connected to a wide mouth bowl that tapers inward at the top, allowing complex aromas to open up and develop. The wide bowl is intended to be cradled with your hand, allowing the beer to warm, bringing out additional aromas. Ranging in size from 5 to 12 ounces, the snifter is ideal for heavy high alcohol beers that are enjoyed in smaller quantities. 5-ounce snifters, like our Tasting Set, are great for analyzing the appearance, aroma, and flavor of beers during a tasting session. Best for: Imperial Stouts, Barrel-Aged beers Works for: High ABV double and triple IPAs, other aromatically complex or high ABV beers