Beer is among the most widely consumed beverages on Earth, it can be found in pretty much every country and is sometimes safer to drink than the water. It is because there is so much beer available that many people go to great lengths to serve it correctly. They also try to serve it correctly because it enhances the overall enjoyment of the product.
As a refresher, there are four main aspects people focus on when serving beer correctly. These are:
- The container it is consumed in
- Properly pouring the beer
- Using the proper glassware
- Serving it at the right temperature
Last week we talked about the first two, learning how that beer is often best consumed in a glass, and when poured correctly. Check out the article if you missed out on the first two steps. This week, we will focus on the third and fourth aspects, so, let’s dive in!
3. Beer glassware
Did you know that beer, like wine, is often recommended to be served in specific glassware. The reason for this is that the glassware helps enhance the aroma, and with good aroma comes better taste! Here is a list of the most popular types of glass beer is served in:
Flute – Think champagne glass here! Flute glasses are perfect for beers with lots of carbonation for example: Lambics, Bocks and even Pilsners.
Chalice – These medieval looking glasses are designed for the beer drinker who loves to show off!
Well, that and for beer drinkers who want beer that will maintain the frothy head. Thick and heavy, these are perfect for Belgian ales including Dubbles and Tripels.
Mug – The quintessential ‘Oktoberfest’’ glass, mugs just seem to scream beer, fun and a ton of beer. Because of their usually thick glass, they are perfect for clinking together in a hearty cheers. The best part is, the mug is also perfect for almost every type of beer, and they are easy to drink out of.
Pilsner glass – These tall, almost trumpet like beer glasses are perfect for Pilsner. In fact, they often resemble large champagne glasses without the stem, the reason for this is because the glass shows off Pilsner’s unique color while also maintaining the head.
Pint glass– If you’ve ever had draught beer in the US or the UK, you likely had it in a pint glass. These glasses nearly cylindrical glasses have a slightly larger area at the top that allows for easier stacking and easier drinking. They are perfect for almost any American and British style Ale and Lager.
Weizen glass – These glasses are usually narrow at the bottom and curving out at the top. They are ideal at showing off a beer’s color and head, while allowing for volume – most of these glasses hold more than 500 mL. As the name suggests, any Weizen/Whitbeer/Wheat beer will be great in this glass.
So the question is, which should you get? We recommend starting off with the standard pint glass and possibly a mug, as they will be good for the vast majority of beers. But don’t tell the Belgians that – each beer is commonly served in its own glass. If you would like to learn more, check out the BeerAdvocate article on glassware here.
4. Serving beer at the right temperature
It’s common in Thailand, and many countries for that matter to drink beer from the big brewers cold. The reason for this is because it doesn’t taste good when it gets warm – room temperature Chang anyone? The truth is, beer should be served at a wide variety of temperatures including:
- Very cold (1-4 degrees) – Lagers from the big brewers (Chang, Tiger, Leo, etc.) and low alcohol beers.
- Cold (4-8 degrees) – Most Lagers from microbreweries and wheat beers.
- Cool (8-10 degrees) – Most American Ales, Porter, Stout (Guinness) and IPAs.
- Cellar (10-13 degrees) – Strong Ales, English Ales and Belgian Ales
- Warm (13-17 degrees) – Imperial stouts, Barley wine and strong Belgian beers.
While these are the suggested serving temperatures, they are likely hard to maintain in the tropical heat, so what we recommend is to chill the beers and remove them from your fridge a few minutes to half an hour before serving. This will give them a chance to warm up a bit, and if they are getting too warm, you can always put them back in the fridge!
Wish of the week
Fruli Strawberry beer
This beer will take a bit of getting used to, but once you try it, you will be hooked! Imagine a white beer’s zesty flavor mixed with fresh strawberries and you’ve got this wonderful summer beer. Give it a try today.