I recently joined a friend at Bristol’s ‘ Beermuda Triangle’ and was amazed at the array of glasses that different ales were served in. This got me thinking about which glass for which beer. I confess, I didn’t know. I prefer a tanker or jug, also known as a Stein. It just seems more civilised with a handle to stop your beer cooling your hand and your hand warming your beer.
I am also bit of a sucker for having the appropriately branded glass. It’s just wrong when your beer is poured in a glass with the wrong name on it.
If you’ve ever been to a bar that focuses on craft beer, you’ve seen a variety of glassware for the various ales, lagers, Pilsners, Wheat Beers, IPAs or Stouts. These glasses are often the traditional shape of the beer glass in the region where a particular style of brew was born: imperial pints for the government-regulated measures of British pubs, long and lean Hefeweizen glasses for wheaty German beers, and tulips from Belgium, where abbey ales have long flourished.
It is widely believed if you drink the beer straight out of the bottle or a can, you don’t get the full appreciation of flavour because beer is detected through the nose. Wine drinkers have their speciality glassware but it’s only in recent years that an assortment of beer glass styles has become common in pubs too.
Cask or Keg?
Cask or Keg is a discussions that real ale drinkers have had for a while but I’ve never really understood the difference. Yes, I know, feel free to mock me but i decided to find out.
Don’t be swayed by Camra or whoever telling you which way is right & which way is wrong. Cask, keg, can or bottle good beer is good beer regardless of the dispense method.