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Four Brewers: Craft Beer and Homebrew

Jan 24, 2016

Season 3, Episode 4 – Does the shape and size of a glass really affect a beer’s characteristics? This week, we try to find out for ourselves.

Does glassware make a difference when it comes to truly enjoying a craft beer? Glasses designed for more traditional beer styles have been around for a long time and it’s believed that they enhance certain characteristics of the beers that are consumed from them. Seasoned beer drinkers know that drinking a beer out of a glass is an overall better experience when compared to drinking straight from the bottle, even if it’s a standard “shaker” glass that brewers tend to despise. Well known beer establishments still serve beer in shaker glasses, despite the claims that the physical shape of the glass is doing a disservice to the beer inside of it.

Style-Specific Beer GlasswareStyle-Specific Beer Glassware

Recently, beer glassware has reached a new level. IPA, stout, and even American wheat beers can now be served in style-specific glassware that supposedly enhances their qualities and nuances in certain ways. This week, we’re putting these glasses to the test. 

Disclaimer: all four of us on the show believe glassware affects beer perception. We tend to use the Libbey 3807 Belgian-style beer glass as our daily driver for consuming beer. Generally speaking, it’s a suitable glass for a wide variety of beers. 

Tattoo: Jesse Friedman of Almanac Beer Co.Tattoo: Jesse Friedman of Almanac Beer Co. – NO SHAKER GLASSES

This week, we’ve got four different glasses that were designed for four different beer styles: a pilsner glass, a hefeweizen glass, a stout glass, and an IPA glass. The manufacturers of each glass claim that they are designed to make the specific style of beer that’s inside the glass shine in different ways. Are the claims true? Is there a science to “proper” glassware? 

Perhaps (of course there is…)!


Beers from this week’s episode:
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Pivo Pils
Spaten-Franziskaner-Löwenbräu-Gruppe – Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb
Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Velvet Merlin
Stone Brewing Co. – Stone Unfiltered Enjoy By 02.14.16

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