You may think that beer glasses are simply containers that hold our much loved drinks. What many of us do not know, however, is that these glassware does more than this mundane function. The type of glass that we use actually affects our overall drinking experience. From the moment we pour beer in them, the color, aroma, and overall appeal of the liquor is changed, thus affecting the overall anticipation of the drinker. In other words, knowing the different types of glassware and the effect that they lend to our favorite drinks is important if you really want to have the ultimate drinking experience.
In Belgium, people give the same level of importance that they give to their beers to the glasses that they use. The type of Belgian beer glassware used can actually help in determining the type and price of the beer it holds. Each brand of beer in this country often commonly has its own special glass. In truth, some breweries in this country are even known to produce the design of their glass first before actually creating the beer. If you believe yourself to be a true blue beer lover, then knowing the different types of beer glasses is a must for you. To get you started, the following are the most popular types of Belgian beer glassware you should know of.
One of the most popular types of glassware is the flute glass. Commonly used in holding champagnes, this type of glass is known for its aesthetic elegance with its long stem and narrow body. The shape of this glass, however, is simply not meant to make it look beautiful. Its long and deep body is actually created to make sure that the carbonation of the liquid it is holding does not quickly dissipate. Preserved carbonation lends the drink a lively sparkling color, making the beer even more alluring.
Another type of Belgian beer glassware is the Goblet or Chalice. If the flute glass is known for its elegance, this type, on the other hand, is well loved for the majestic and royal aura it displays. Goblets usually have longer stems and thinner glass than the chalice but both types can either have designed rims or sculpted surfaces. This is the perfect glassware for drinks that require wide-mouthed sips and its structure is also specially designed to create a nucleation effect which produces an attractive stream of bubbles when the liquor is poured in it.
A very common Belgian beer glass is the mug which is also known as seidel or stein. This kind of glassware is the most commonly used for beers and comes with a handle and sturdy, heavy glass. The most fun part of using this type of glassware is that you can confidently toast and clink them together because of their sturdiness. It can also hold a lot of liquid volume for increased drinking experience.
Of course let us not forget the equally popular tulip or thistle glass. This type looks like a shorter and wider version of flute glass with its rim pushed out to make it look like a tulip. Tulip glasses are best used for liquor that has foamy heads because of the support that their tulip shaped rims provide.
Knowing the different types of glasses can increase your drinking experience by a hundred fold. Now, you can enjoy your drinks to the maximum and also impress others with your invaluable and deeper beer knowledge.