If you are a beer enthusiast I believe that there are many questions that you ask while trying or buying new beer – how is it produced, what makes it different, what are the ingredients? Did you ever wonder about the beer glasses themselves—most specifically why there are so many different shapes and styles, and what each of those styles is supposedly best suited for.
Sure, there are certain shaped glasses which are best for certain styles of beer (just as there are specific wine glasses for Burgundy, Bordeaux, Champagne, etc.), but do you know specifically what, say, a tulip glass does that a chalice doesn’t? Or exactly why Pilsners require tall skinny glasses and IPAs don’t?
The bottom line is that we spend a lot of time considering what we want to drink—and most of us are aware of the role that optimal temperatures play in maximising our enjoyment—but we’re not generally aware of how the proper glassware can also be a major component in bringing out our beer’s most desirable attributes. In the right glass, the beer’s colour, aroma, and head are at their best, which means—before you even take a sip—your anticipation is heightened just by looking at your brew and your pleasure receptors are turbo-charged. In the right vessel, your beer can show off its hidden nuances, can stay carbonated longer, and can provide you with a better, more complete, quaffing experience.
It’s a proven fact that the shape of a glass impacts head development and retention. This is critical because the foam created by pouring a beer actually provides a delivery system for many of the volatile compounds that evaporate from beer when exposed to air— and those compounds create aroma. Some of our favorite volatiles are created by things like hop oils and all kinds of byproducts from yeast fermentation, such as spicy notes, fusels, and fruity esters.
Beer glasses come in dozens of styles and shapes, many of which are similar, but lots that are very different. So which glass do you use for which beer? Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed; try to remember that most clean glasses will serve as perfectly fine temporary beer holders. It’s just that, if you really want to do it right (especially with rare or expensive specialty beers such as DR BLUES), you may want to follow some basic parameters for which beer works best in which shaped glass.
Custom-made for DR BLUES BELGIAN BREWS®, the glass features a long stem to keep the beer cold longer. Laser etched “DR BLUES” on the glass bottom adds additional excitement to the beer by stimulating bubbling. After the pour (one 33cl bottle at once), the beer should be allowed to breath 2-5 minutes to fully release its flavors (“the nose”). During this time, DR BLUES encourages you to talk to the nurse Emily about our symptoms before enjoying DR BLUES prescription. DR BLUES glass can be also used with most other high-end beers.
If you’re so inclined, there are a bunch of little things that you can do to maximize enjoyment from your glassware. A few simple tips to keep in mind: