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The Craft Beer Drinker’s Guide to Glassware

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You wouldn’t serve dry-aged steak on a paper plate, or park a Ferrari on the street. The same principles apply to beer and glassware — perhaps even more so. The argument in favor of a tulip or a snifter is that certain styles of beer are better suited to different glass shapes, which stabilize foam and entrap beer aroma in varying ways. According to Zach Mack, co-owner of Alphabet City Beer Company in New York City, glassware is an integral part of the experience, one that helps the drinker fully experience each beer’s flavor. That said, even Mack is casual in his approach. “You probably won’t own every type of beer glass,” he says. “Just figure out what works for you.” In that light, these are the shapes to consider at home.

Nonic Pint

nonic-gear-patrol-650_HP                         The pint comes in three forms, the most popular of which is the 20-ounce nonic pint born from Britain, with a notched wall and slightly tapered mouth. Because of its relatively large volume, it’s best paired with drinkable, low-alcohol beers. Though it does a poor job of highlighting aromatic nuances in different beers, pint glasses are cheap, replaceable and easy to hold.

Snifter

sniftner-gear-patrol-650_HP The snifter is best paired with aromatic beers, such as strong ales, with a high ABV. Its short, deep bowl retains the potent flavor and aroma of these beers, while its short stem means the glass will most likely be held in the palm of one’s hand. This helps to warm the beer and bring out those natural aromas. See More HERE        

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