Drinking beer for the first time usually brings wonder to unknowing and naive brains. The initial reaction of an icky taste comes from a person new to this experience and is guzzling beer from a bottle. Forget the bottle, can or plastic cup because that same beer tastes better in a beer glass. Why this is true centers on the aroma and its effects on the senses.
Made in Boston
The Boston Beer Company is renowned for its production of the Sam Adams Beer. They also developed the perfect glass from which to drink their brew. After “years of scientific research” this high quality glass has features that cannot be exceeded by any other glass on the market.
This glass has five unique features:
1) The top curls slightly outwards allowing the beer to swaddle the mouth from the front of the palate to the throat, which maximizes malt sweetness.
2) A narrowing of the glass just below the top retains the aroma and keeps the foam (“head”) high.
3) The aroma circulates and is collected by the round shape of the heart of the glass.
4) Thin glass walls combine with the round shape to maintain the temperature at optimal beer-drinking levels.
5) In order to produce the bubbles, which help to continuously release aroma, this glass has Laser Etchings carved into the bottom.
Importance of Glass
Most glass does not have a fragrance, aroma or odor. It is easy for glass to adopt and maintain the aroma introduced by a beverage. Aroma enhances the experience of the beer and glassware shape and style directs aroma into your nose. Glass makes foam rise to heights where aroma enhances taste of a good brew.
Most college students in Boston know the location of the finest Boston breweries as well as tour times and tastings of the house beer. Beer connoisseurs marvel at the uniqueness of beer glass shapes, but stop short of endorsing every feature of beer glassware. However, narrowing at the top and curl of top edges contribute to the enhancement of beer-drinking experiences.
Sail across the Atlantic and glassware IS the experience. For an example, Belgian ale becomes more distinctive as it warms in its special glassware. Glass changes color, aroma and taste of beer as it heightens your anticipation. Hidden qualities and colors of various beers begin to shimmer and become more powerful. Each beer will react differently, which is dependent upon size and shape of the glassware you use.
Foam has its Place
Pour some beer and watch the head develop and see the impact of glass upon the retention of head. Healthy foam heads trap undesirable ingredients present in beer from yeast, malt and others. When drinking or serving the same beer label, a responsible host/hostess researches the glassware style that best promotes the formation of head and aroma.
The European leader in glassware and beer is Belgium. Some breweries make glasses before they mix and brew beer. Bars display unique glassware for each type of beer they serve, which is a number in the thousands. It is good practice to use glassware made and recommended by the brewery for your choice of beer.
Use of the Right Glass
While the obvious step is not always possible, there are four types of glassware that serve beer well: the chalice, the flute, the tulip and the mug. One of these can match the beer you are serving. It’s all in the shape, style and use of the right glass.
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