With the craft beer craze showing no sign of slowing down, it is a good idea to know the different types of beer glasses. Beer glassware is more than a way to convey beer to your mouth, some glassware is designed for a specific purpose. So, if you plan to hop on (no pun intended) the craft beer bandwagon, it is wise to use glassware that enhances your beer experience. As such, we have compiled the most common types of beer glasses and their distinguishing characteristics.
Types of Beer Glasses – Common Types and Characteristics
- Pint Glasses – Are the most common type of beer vessel in the United States and are commonly used in restaurants. As its name implies, this glass holds a pint (16 oz.) of beer and is a suitable choice for Ales, IPAs, Lagers, and Stouts.
- Beer Mugs – Mugs are sturdy, come in many sizes, and the thicker glass acts as an insulator keeping your beer cold longer. Also, the handle does more than give you something to hold onto, it keeps your hand from warming your beer.
- Steins – Steins and mugs have similar shapes and handles, but there are differences. The biggest distinction is the hinged lid that protects your beer from bugs, dirt and etc. But, a less common distinction is that steins can and are made out of different materials like silver, stone, and wood.
- Tulip Glasses – Tulip glasses enhance the aroma, flavor, and head of your beer. Generally used with hoppy or malty beers, these glasses have a small stem with a foot and an outward curving lip atop the bowl. Much like a snifter, the bowl at the bottom lets you swirl your beer around in a classy manner.
Now that you know a bit more about some common types of beer glasses, it’s time to hit your local pub and show off that knowledge! Want to enjoy your drinks at home? Central has you covered with a wide range of glassware to choose from. Visit our website, live chat, or call 1-800-215-9293 to speak with a product consultant today! Cheers!