The Importance Of Glassware for Enjoying Your Beer

18 March 2017

imageHere’s a great little article on the importance of the proper glassware from Phoebus at

Enjoying a glass of beer is an art and if you think that the different shapes of glasses out there is just marketing, think again. Every style of beer is usually enjoyed in a specific type of glass and here’s why. Studies proved that the shape of a glass has an impact on head (foam) formation and retention. But why is it important for certain styles of beer to have a long-lasting head? Well think of the foam as a sponge which attracts and holds the aromas of all the ingredients used to make a beer, spices, hops, coffee-like aromas, roasted malt, caramel hints, yeast, fruits and the list goes on and on. Therefore a glass shape that enhances the formation and retention of foam can help improve the tasting experience of certain styles. But it’s not all about taste. Glasses also help with how specific styles of beer are presented. It’s all part of the art. Also it helps breweries attract new customers, if served properly. Haven't you been in a situation where the guy sitting next to you at the bar, who never had a REAL beer in his life, after seeing how your beer appears in a “weird” shaped glass gives you the eye “I have to try that”. Glasses are made to complement clarity, color, head retention, carbonation and even the logo coloring on the outside of the glass is sometimes made to be the perfect match for the specific color of the beer. Remember that it’s quite important to enjoy your beer in the right glass and always wash your glasses by hand, never in a washing machine. 

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