Drinking a chilled glass of beer is serious business; you can’t just pick up any glass and pour in some ale to enjoy it. Oh boy! Getting drunk is a lot harder than you think. There are scientific studies that show that the shape of your beer glass impacts your drinking experience. Basically it will impact head development and retention, and this is important because the foam created while pouring in the beer acts as for many of the volatiles in a beer.
Oh shoot … you don’t know what volatile is? No worries, we will explain – the compounds that evaporate from the beer end up creating its aroma, like hop oils, all kinds of yeast fermentation byproducts like alcohol, fusels and fruity esters, spices etc. Now if we use a glass that promotes a healthy foam head, it may enhance the trapping of certain volatiles. This is important in relation to the kind of beer you are drinking. So it’s not just a fancy mug that will do the job, beer is served in specific glasses to serve a specific purpose.
Some brewers spend a whole lot of time researching and putting their efforts in developing the right glass and so is the case with Spiegelau. The company has roped in the efforts of two of the leading IPA brewers in the United States – Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada, to develop and bring out new IPA beer glassware. The main highlight of the Spiegelau IPA glass is that showcases varying aromatic profiles for the American ‘hop forward’ IPA beer. It manages to preserve a frothy head and volatiles and the rim of the glass is comfortably wide enough for the drinker to “nose” the beer.
The Spiegelau Stout Craft Beer Glass was created after partnering with two of the leading Stout brewers in the United States, Left Hand Brewing Company from Colorado and Rogue Ales from Oregon. This Stout Glass is designed to enhance the aromas and aromatic profiles of the beer. The unique ripples and angles integrated into the glass aerate the beer as you drink. What this does is increase the flavor pallet with each sip. It is delightful to see how the design of a glass can have such an impact. Imagine, the glass accentuates the roasted malt, rich coffee and chocolate notes that define the Stout beer style. Even materials used for the glass matter, the thin lead-free crystal keeps the stout beer at ideal temperature. Moreover, the laser cut and polished rims accentuate the smoothness of your drink.
On the flipside, if in doubt, make your own beer glass from the bottle itself. Follow the instructions in the video below.