Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Nice Glass

By all means, if you spend over $10 for a beer (let's call these destination beers), use an appropriate glass for the style. You deserve to enjoy the beer in the glassware that serves that beer the best. And when you go to a beer bar, or any bar for that matter that serves great beers, it's good to expect that your beer is served in the proper glassware. But, when you're at home and you're drinking  your favorite session beer, does your beer glass matter?

An article "Does Your Beer Glass Matter?" appears in the Scientific American blog, Anthropology in Practice (h/t to Brookston Beer Bulletin). The article doesn't really answer that question, but it does explain some of the historical shifts in beer glass and earthenware from animal skins to the Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass and is quite an interesting read.

As for me, 90% of my beer drinking happens with a Lagunitas Mason Jar, as well as my soda and water drinking as well. The Mason Jar is my go-to cup. But, the Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, in my opinion, really does make a beer taste a little better. I was unsure of how I felt about my first bottle of Lagunitas Censored when I drank it from the Mason Jar, but when I drank it out of the Perfect Pint glass the next night, it became one of my favorite beers. Now that I have found flavors that I found with the Perfect Pint glass, I can now enjoy it in my Mason Jar and get the full experience. So, yes, I think the glass matters, but, to me, it's preferable to use my favorite glass in most cases.

As a bonus on this post, the first 2 people to post a picture of their favorite glass with the words "KC Beer Blog" visible in the picture to the KC Beer Blog Facebook page will get a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.


  1. I already have two. Of course the glass matters. I have a glass for every situation. My wife didn't understand it at first, until I had her try them in different glassware.

  2. My favorite used to be the Duvel glass, but lately my go to glass is the Boulevard Tank 7 tulip.

  3. Since attending the Speigelau event at Boulevard, my favorite glass has been the the tulip from speigelau.


  4. KBS beat me to it. I attended the Spiegelau event as well and was converted instantly. It ruined regular pint glasses for me but I've always hated drinking a hefe weizen in a pint vs the glass its supposed to be served in. My tulip glass is the best piece of glassware Ive ever owned.

    I know Wine Enthusiast sells them...not sure who else. If you see the set anywhere buy with extreme prejudice. I shit you not when I say that it really will make your beer taste better.

  5. Despite my coffee mug advocacy, I do enjoy all the different glasses.

    That said, I feel like a real dickhead every time I order Kwak.

  6. ya damn right Scott!

    By the way, I have a pic of a nice couple I met there with Steven and I no longer have your contact info. If you are the couple let it be known. I still have your pics somewhere on a hard drive.

  7. I also attended the Boulevard/Speigelau event. It's hard not to drink every beer out of the tulip. Although I do drink lagers/pilsners/wheats out of the respected glasses just to make use of them. But I admit I do drink many beers out of the Sam Adams glasses I bought at Lukas for $2.49. I find that to be a good inbetween glass for beers that don't quite deserve the Speigelau treatment. Cheers!