If you are like us, your collection of beer glasses is always growing. There is a vast variety of beer glassware available to choose from, all with different characteristics. The glass itself is more than just a container that holds beer, but a vessel that brings out the colors, aromas and flavors that we love in the beers we make.
We have mastered the art of the beer glass and are more than happy to share our knowledge. Take a look at some common types of beer glasses (also available on our webstore) and the perfect Firestone Walker beer to pair with it.
The Nonic glass is a variation on the shaker pint and is sometimes called an English pint glass. It holds 20 ounces of beer and has a bump an inch from the top. This is partly for improved grip, partly to stop the glasses from sticking together when stacked, and partly to stop the rim of the glass from getting chipped or “nicked”, aka a “no-nick” glass. This style glass is associated with low-ABV English style beers and is a favorite of the Lion, our English-born owner David Walker.
Designed by an Italian scientist and brewer, Tekus draw inspiration from both wine glasses and tulips, and has been perfected to deliver full flavor and aroma. The fully stemmed glass is itself a statement piece and one of the finest beer glasses available. The nuance and balance of our Barrelworks Wild Beer program are perfect for this glass – balancing wild, fruity and tart flavors.
This is a tall and skinny glass that allows to fully appreciate the pale color and carbonation of beer. The glass is slightly tapered at the top and helps keep foam on beer, bringing out its true aroma and character. This glass gained wide acceptance in the 1930s and is the perfect lager beer drinking glass.
Beer Recommendation: Firestone Lager
This glass takes the elements of a snifter one step further – and was designed to smell all the nuances that complex whiskeys have to offer. The tapered mouth retains delicate distilled aromas, and we find it perfect for our bourbon-barrel aged beers.
While there are many different types of beer glasses, the Shaker pint glass is the most common for beer in the United States. This is glass you see most at bars and restaurants, and the fact that they stack easily makes them very popular. Sometimes called an American pint glass, its original function is in combination with a metal cup as a cocktail shaker. It holds 16 oz of beer and is versatile, used with most types of beers. Consider it your all-purpose beer glass.
The stemmed Tulip glass’s most important feature is its inward taper. It retains aromas which are key to fully appreciating complex beers. The stem of the tulip glass encourages swirling, teasing more character into the glass. In many ways, the tulip is the best of all worlds – we use it for many Firestone beers.
Beer Recommendation: Mind Haze – coax out those big, bold aromas!
You may have heard of snifters used for brandy, but it is perfect for enticing aromatics out of beer. Its deep, incurved rim and small glass is perfect for strong, sophisticated beers. Its unique shape allows swirling, bringing aromas to the forefront. Despite its small stature, we encourage you not to fill the glass all the way – half full is best.
Beer Recommendation: Anniversary Ale
*Special thanks to Josh Wood, our awesome Barrelworks & Vintage brand manager, and Certified Cicerone for helping provide glassware recommendations for our tasty ales.