Beers best friend, Why the right glass compliments the beer.
Nothing makes your newly poured beer as thirst-quenchly delicious looking than when it's alive and wild settling in its new home. The glass can be over-looked but it is designed like a modern museum to not only make your beverage as good looking as possible but to compliment the type of beer (in this case) for maximum drinking experience!
The Drinking Experience
We are definitely not professional gaffers here at Fox One but all of cupboards are full of different glasses all ready on standby for that perfect pour. We asked ourselves about what considerations make the perfect glass for your drink and we managed to nail it down to five aspects.
!. The measurement. This is probably the most important thing when considering the right tool for the job. Choosing the right measurement is a key thing to get right for many bar staff to fulfil an order to guests specifications and to keep to our legislation. In a domestic setting, using a pint glass to pour an imperial stout or barley wine can lead the beer to loose all form of carbonation and can also encourage you to force yourself to drink more than your recommended limit. It is important to keep track of your consumption and using smaller measurement glasses such as 1/3, 1/2 and 3/4 glasses can help do this.
2. Cleanliness. A clean glass is a happy glass and of course keeps things very hygienic. Glasses that are 'smudged' and/or has streaks on them can affect the flavour of the beer, if the dirt culprit is from a previous drink. It can easily reduce beer carbonation and small pockets of carbon dioxide or nitrogen struggle to reflect off the glass service, create small or no beer head. We are going t mention temperature here too. Warm glasses just heat up your beer and disillusion the bubbles. A ice glass can do the same thing.
3.The Shape. The most eye-catching part of your glassware, The shape is specifically designed for curtain beer types and we found the most easiest way t remember is, the lighter the colour go for tall and thin, the darker the colour go for short and plump. This is of course a very simplistic tip and the rule has many unique exceptions in a modern craft beer world but glasses such as classic Weizen and Pilsner traditionally hold a long, thin shape to encourage the high carbonated lager, pale, wheat beer to push its bubbly goodness to the top for a strong head and longer lasting carbonation, Glasses such as Snifter and Tulips traditional hold stronger ABV beers such as barley wines and Belgian ales because of the low carbonation of the beer and the much more potent flavours can mellow in a sort of 'bulb' of the glass for sipping pleasure. Beers like Stouts, modern IPAs are served in mid sized glassware such as Conical and Nonic glassware for that perfect middle-ground.
4.Tradition. Many beers are now centuries old and even though played with and experimented on with new flavours and mashes you can't beat a classic. A classic beer deserves a classic glass and yes it may be because the glass science wasn't as complex as today but it's all about tradition. The best way to know a old-school glass is t simply visit a old-school British public house where we definitely recommend a cask pour!
5. The Brand. What's a way better to enjoy your favourite brew than how the brewery wants it served. The glasses distributed by a brewery is not only for marketing but has been tested for their particular beers for the ultimate perfect pint to get you ordering more. They can be really collectable too!