Glassware can be a tricky topic. Not because it’s complicated, but because it’s really not a necessity to have the “proper” beer delivering receptacle. However, if you want to move past the red solo cup, here are unique beer glasses and a couple styles that would taste best in them.
Nonic Pint – slightly different than your typical pint glass. Most Americans probably had Guinness in one if any beer. The unique protruding body about ⅘ toward the lip of the glass not only help for great head retention but also makes it easier for stacking. Porters and Pale ales were practically made for this glass. Bonus points if they are from the UK.
Snifter – you probably would have guessed this one, but the snifter is the versatile glass for any beer that you don’t want to drink all of. The small amount of surface area of the glass means your hand contact warms up the beer in it faster. Why would you want warm beer? For higher abv styles and more complex beers, tasting them at different temperatures brings out different flavors and scents. Imperial Stouts and Barleywines definitely come to mind.
Teku – a newish kind of glass on the scene, it really is the wine glass of beer. Stemmed glasses always look cool, and this one can hold a surprising amount of liquid gold. However, be prepared to pay a premium since these glasses are usually brewery branded. As far as styles go, anything you want to drink while looking fancy will do just fine.
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