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perfect.pint: Thistle


The thistle glass, so called because it resembles the national flower of Scotland, is a modified tulip glass and used to showcase Scottish and Scotch ales.

As with the tulip, the taper and the tight neck of the thistle holds in aromas and supports a thick rocky head.  With the correct pour, of course. The straight sides of the thistle channel the complex malty aromas of the Scottish and Scotch ales directly to your nose when you tip it to take a drink.

These glasses generally have thinner “walls” that allows the beer to warm a bit which releases more carbonation and aromatics.  If you are drinking a bottle conditioned ale, be careful not to agitate the sediment at the bottom of the bottle while you are pouring your beer. If you agitate the sediment into solution you will end up  pouring a cloudy beer

Because these glasses allow the beer to warm up they are NOT ideal for lagers but any crystal clear beer will be beautiful in one of these glasses.

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perfect.pint: Stange


The tall slender cylindrical shape of the stange makes it a perfect glass to for altbiers, pilsners and lambics.  The narrow size allows the drinker to fully admire the clarity of the aforementioned beers while the height of the glass draws out the beautiful cascade of bubbles that are lazily making their way to the top.  The narrow opening facilitates a thick head and channels the delicate aromas of the altbiers and pilsners directly to your nose.

stange

perfect.pint: Mugs


Any beer glass that has thick glass and could double as a coffee cup (the larger the better) is a mug in my book. I consider American freezer mugs, dimpled English pint mugs, German steins and the giant 1L Oktoberfest seidel a part of this category. Because of their size these glasses are appropriate vessels for many different types of American and European Ales or Lagers that have low or medium alcohol content. 

 These glasses are great for keeping your beer cool and are especially well suited for outdoor drinking.  The thick walls help to insulate the beer against the ambient temperature and the handle makes sure that you aren’t warming the beer with your hands.   I especially like the steins with toppers for outdoor drinking as the toppers help to keep pesky fruit flies and bees out of the beer.

The Perfect Pint: Oversized Wine Glass


In an effort to expand on the “education” part of my “Beer Reviews, Education and Nonsense” motto, I am continuing myseries of posts that will focus on beer glassware.  Specifically, I will be talking about the glass’s shape and why that particular glass is an
appropriate vessel for a specific beer style.

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Wine Glass (oversized)

Chances are you have a couple of these in you cupboard right now and they can make great glasses for beers that have high ABV’s and big flavors. The tapered opening condenses the head and channels the aroma right to your nose.  The large bowl allows you to
warm the beer a bit in your hands and the warming releases more aromatics and flavors. The smaller size (still smaller than a pint glass) is an appropriate serving size for big beers.  Probably the least legitimate reason but possibly the most fun is to fill that pretty, pretentious glass with some big, bad, bastardly beer!

perfect.pint: Pilsner


In an effort to expand on the “education” part of my “Beer Reviews, Education and Nonsense” motto, I am continuing my series of posts that will focus on beer glassware.  Specifically, I will be talking about the glass’s shape and why that particular glass is an
appropriate vessel for a specific beer style.

 Pilsner Glass

 

Pilsner

This glass is designed specifically to showcase the clarity of pale colored beers specifically lagers.  These glasses are commonly found in two different sizes (8oz and 12oz) but their geometries are similar. The narrow shape of the glass allows the drinker to see through the beer and enjoy the cascade of bubbles lazily drifting up from the bottom of the glass.  If you are looking for a new pilsner glass look for one that has an etching at the bottom.  The etching will increase the amount of bubbles rising from the bottom and all those tiny bubbles will be releasing small amounts of aroma long after the initial pour. The slight taper at the top of the glass is much smaller than the average pint glass and so it can facilitate a dense head if poured correctly.  These glasses are a little thicker than most and this helps to keep lagers at their optimum serving temperatures longer. Pilsner glasses also have a taper towards the bottom which creates a thicker and relatively heavy “foot” for the glass to stand on.  This foot increases the stability of the glass and dresses up its appearance.

perfect.pint: Flutes


In an effort to expand on the “education” part of my “Beer Reviews, Education and Nonsense” motto, I am continuing myseries of posts that will focus on beer glassware.  Specifically, I will be talking about the glass’s shape and why that particular glass is an appropriate vessel for a specific beer style.

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Flutes

Flutes aren’t just for music or champagne anymore.  Flutes are the perfect glasses for the sparkling sour beers from Belgium and wild ales from America. Bottle conditioning and/or wild fermentations often produce beers that are highly carbonated and can pour with champagne clarity and effervescence and exhibit the same bubbly reaction when poured into a tall narrow glass.  These are also perfect sizes as the sour and wild beers can be quite acidic and (you guessed it) sour and larger glasses can be too much flavor for even the geekiest of the beer geeks.

Beer Gear


If I’m not writing about or drinking beer you can bet  I am illustrating beer. Now you can buy some really cool beer gear with a HopHeadSaid logo or one of my other unique beer illustrations printed on it.  You can get nearly any combination of the following so visit my store for specifics @ http://www.cafepress.com/HopHeadSaid_Merchandise 

Shirts:

Men's T-shirt Wormen's t-shirt Women's Tank Men's Polo

Fun Stuff:

Pint Glass  iPhone 3 Case BEER clock

Stationary/Prints/Posters

Journal BEER print Magnet BEER note card

 

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