Dave Richmond has combined his work with his love of beer for more than eight years with the Madrigrano families, and is now Global Brands Manager at Beer Capitol Distributing-Lake Country in Sussex. In his position, Dave is responsible for coordinating the marketing and merchandising programs for all the Global brands. The beer products featured in his blog are primarily those distributed but not limited to by Beer Capitol Distributing Lake Country.
Looking around on a night out, you'll notice people enjoying beer in a variety of oddly shaped glasses. Some are short and wide; others are tall and slender. Some may even have stems.
The reason for these different glasses is simple: depending on what kind of beer you're drinking, the glass shape can affect its aroma as well as how the head forms and sits, both of which ultimately affect the beer's flavor. To get the maximum flavor from whatever beer you're drinking, use glassware that fits the style. Here's a quick guide to grabbing the right glass.
Pints are the universal beer glass. There are two main types: the 16-ounce and the 20- ounce "Imperial," which has a slight bulge near the top. Use these for stouts, ales and porters. They're great for Bell's Expedition Stout or Anchor Steam Porter.
The tallest option is the wheat beer or weizen glass. Obviously, this one is meant for wheat beers like Hacker-Pschorr Weisse or Paulaner Hefe Weiss. Its tall shape provides room for the fluffy, thick head to cap off and trap the beer's aroma.
The pilsner glass is for beers like Miller Lite or Pilsner Urquell. It looks a little like a Weiss glass but is smaller and lacks the curvature. These glasses are made to showcase the beer's color and effervescence.
The stein is used more for function than anything else. The handle makes it great for those of us who like to sing and dance with our beer. I think true German beers, like anything from the Hofbrau Brewery, taste best from a stein.
The Goblet or Chalice is meant for heavy beers. The goblet is usually delicate and long-stemmed while the chalice is thick-walled and heavy. Some are even etched on the bottom, which attracts carbon dioxide and provides a stream of bubbles to maintain a nice head. Next time you order a Lakefront Bock (available beginning in early January) or a Great Lakes Commodore IPA, try it in one of these.
The flute resembles a champagne glass, just bigger. This one is preferred for fruit beers like Leinenkugel's Berry Weiss. The narrow shape maintains carbonation and makes the strong aromas stand out. They also display lively carbonation and the beer's sparkling color.
Other beer vessel oddities are the Tulip, meant to capture flavor by making room for large foamy heads, and the Snifter, which promotes the aroma of strong ales, much like liquors its served in. Either of these would be great for a beer like Capital Brown Ale.