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Guide to the right beer glass to use

Which Beer Glass to Use When Serving Beer

Central Restaurant Products shows us which beer glass to use.

Here are the 5 main categories of beer glass:

5 main category of beer glass

Beer Mug or Krug

beer mugs

A beer mug is cylindrical with thick glass and a handle to keep your hand from warming the beer. A Dimpled Mug or Krug is more decorative with the mouth larger than the base, once considered the standard in English pubs.

Use a beer mug for your Oktoberfest celebration and with American, English & German lagers.

Pint Glasses

pint beer glasses

The American Pint Glass is the most common, and is the glass that you’ll be served at a bar or restaurant. Also called a Shaker Glass because it was also used to shake cocktails, it is tapered and usually holds 16 oz. Used to serve most any beer, water or any beverage.

The Imperial Pint Glass is used in Ireland & England to serve ales. It is flared from the middle to the rim of the glass and usually holds 20 oz. Used to serve green beer on St Patricks Day, Irish Stouts, Irish Ales, Porters, Red Ales, Cream Ale, and English Ales.

The Nonic Pint is tapered with a curved notch 2″ from the rim and usually holds 20 oz. Used to serve English ales and English Lagers.

Pilsner Glasses

pilsner glasses

Pilsner Glasses are tall, slender and tapered, designed especially for light beers and pilsners for a nice head and appearance of the carbonation.

Stemmed Beer Glasses

stemmed beer glasses

Goblets are the most extravagant of beer glasses and come in different sizes. They are thick-stemmed, bowled glasses for heavy, malty beers, Belgian ales, German doppelbocks and eisbocks and sipping beers.

Chalices are a type of goblet but made of thicker glass with etches on the bottom to attract carbon dioxide & provide a stream of bubbles for a nice head.

Tulip & Thistle Glasses have a flared rim to trap and maintain a foam head. A thistle glass is especially for Scottish ales, and tulip glasses are used to serve strong brews, double IPAs, barleywines, Belgian ales and other aromatic beers.

Specialty or Novelty Beer Glasses

specialty and novelty beer glasses

Pump up the fun factor with a specialty or novelty beer glass.

Use with your favorite beer.

Serving green beer for St Patrick’s Day? It’s served in an imperial pint.

What more? See the Beer Advocate with a listing of almost every beer style listed for each glass type.

How to Pour Beer into a Glass

The last thing you need to know is how to pour the beer into the glass. There’s actually an art to it so the beer will have the proper 1″ to 1 1/2″ head.

How to Pour Beer Video Tutorial

How to Pour Beer Step By Step Guide

Steps to a Perfect Pint:

  • Start with a clean glass – no refills because a dirty glass may not have the ideal head creation & could effect the flavor.
  • Hold glass at a 45° angle, targeting the center side of the glass as you pour.
  • Half-way, straighten glass and continue to pour to induce the perfect foam head.
  • You want 1″ to 1 1/2″ head to release the aroma & add to the presentation of the beer.

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