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Serving Glasses - How Important are they?

Posted By: Carolyn-Beer & Brewing Editor

Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 04/07/07 03:50 AM

Have you ever watched a waiter bring a mouth-watering dessert to the next table - one that looked so good it took your breath away? You wanted one, too.

Don't you feel the same way about beer? With so many beautiful tulips, flutes, goblets, chalices, pokals, and Luettich balloon glasses available, I feel slighted when the waiter brings me a beer in a straight pint glass or mug. Do you agree with me? When will the restaurants and bars understand they will sell more beer to girls if they treat us right?
Posted By: KatherineH

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 04/09/07 01:06 AM

My husband is absolutely horrified when we are at a restaurant and they serve him beer out of a plastic cup. We don't return to the restaurant! At the back of the Belgian beer bottles (Chimay comes to mind) there are specific instructions about the type of glass you are to serve it in.
Posted By: kboodle

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 06/20/08 05:45 AM

Actually I prefer my beer straight out of the ice cold bottle. Never a can! The only glass I have really enjoyed is that yard-long one with the round cavity at the bottom. You know, the one they use for chugging contests? I actually won a beer drinking contest on the old Mardi Gras cruise ship back in 75. I didn't even like beer then but I'd learn to chug in college and still have my trophy to prove it. I was the only female in the competition and I totally blew the guys away.
Posted By: kboodle

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 06/20/08 05:48 AM

A whole other topic on beer glasses is how clean they are. If the beer foam doesn't lace up on the side of the glass or if it doesn't produce a good head, then the glass is not really clean and well rinsed. My husband (the Bud draft manager) has given tons of classes to folks in the industry on BCG's (beer clean glasses). I hear that no one's continued that since he retired.
Posted By: Carolyn-Beer & Brewing Editor

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 06/20/08 08:44 AM

Cleanliness can be a problem. Beer glassware should always be hand washed, preferably using a three-sink system. The first sink washes, the second rinses, and the third one sanitizes.

Left-over, excess liquid should be dumped into an open drain, away from the sanitary conditions of the three sinks.

The washing sink should contain warm water and a solution of odorless, low-sudsing, non-fat, cleaning compound. A nylon brush should be used to wash all surfaces, both inside and outside, as well as the bottom of the glass.

The rinse sink should be filled with hot rinse water. Glasses should be rinsed �heel-in, heel out� for complete assurance that all parts of the glass are well rinsed. In this method, the glass is completely submerged into the rinse water by placing the glass in, bottom first. You then remove it from the water bottom first. This method prevents the formation of air pockets that may otherwise prevent the glass from being completely rinsed.

The sanitizing sink is the third step. This sink is filled with hot water and a sanitizing chemical that is specifically designed for beer and bar glasses. The same �heel-in, heel-out� method that was used for rinsing should be used for sanitizing.
Posted By: rachael24

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 07/08/08 01:35 PM

They are some good tips about the glass...and I use most of these techniques when serving beer. I always use a pint glass or a pilsner glass. Never use the bottle or can.
Posted By: 1stclasscleaning

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 07/08/08 02:11 PM

hello,
good tips about the glass i was not aware of these all thing . thank a lot.
Posted By: Vance - Crime Editor

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 07/08/08 02:27 PM

I cannot drink beer out of a glass. It is something about the smell of beer in a glass that bothers me. The smell is not that strong from a bottle or a can. In a glass, your nose is right there as you drinking and your nose hits it firsat as well before your mouth does.

It may just be me but I just cannot drink beer from a gflass or a mug.

Of course I can drink it from a mug if I drop a shot glass of whiskey into it and then drink it. lol.
Posted By: "Rosie"

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 07/08/08 02:30 PM

I like beer from the bottle, after a shot of Jim Beam ;o)
Posted By: Donny55

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 08/30/08 01:09 AM

Hi. New here. Can you tell me anything about the Luettich balloon glass? How it got its name, for instance.

Thanks
Posted By: BonitaSong

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 02/27/09 09:52 PM

I like drinking out of a nice tall glass when im out but at home id much prefer the convience of drinking out the bottle
Posted By: zeriva

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 03/01/09 08:55 PM

It really depends on the beer. I love necking a cold bottle or can of lager like a Bud, Schlitz or Moretti but I wouldn't think of drinking a good Belgium beer or Guinness out of anything but a good glass.

A good bitter has to come in a glass, probably a tankard, because it comes in a barrel.
Posted By: ScottyGirl

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 03/12/09 02:46 PM

I have to admit I always like a beer more when they served it to me in a frosted beer mug - but thats just me.
Posted By: jodevizes

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 05/08/09 05:51 PM

Sorry Donny, could it be from the town of Luettich or its brewer? Not sure. In Belgium they have almost as many glass types as they have beers and it is fun to collect them, and the beer to go with them. One of my favourites is Duval. I love to use different glasses and to see that frosting on a hot day is one of the best sights around. God, go to go and grab a brew. LOL
Posted By: MisterD

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 05/10/09 10:54 PM

[quote=rachael24]They are some good tips about the glass...and I use most of these techniques when serving beer. I always use a pint glass or a pilsner glass. Never use the bottle or can. [/quote] "Good" beer is wonderful out of a glass, just as good beer shouldn't be served ice cold. ;) If you can't drink it out of a glass its probably because it has off-aromas that you can't detect straight out of the bottle. And it may be the very same reason that same beer is best served ice cold, because that beer doesn't taste good unless something in the beer is masked with lower temperatures. ;)
Posted By: MamaPR

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 01/03/10 05:06 PM

Happy New Year! for me, when it comes to having a cold one I prefer a big glass mug... chilled!
Posted By: Carolyn-Beer & Brewing Editor

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 03/10/11 04:22 AM

How about at beer festivals? Most provide plastic tasting glasses, like little mini pilsners. The really good ones give you glass, which I prefer. Savor, in Washington DC gives out stemmed glasses shaped like mini brandy snifters. They're pretty, and concentrate the aromas to your nose.
Posted By: Kaycee Will

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 03/10/11 06:55 AM

Even I like drinking beer straight from the bottle, do hell with glasses, they give me immense satisfaction.
Posted By: Carolyn-Beer & Brewing Editor

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 03/11/11 04:49 PM

I agree, MisterD. Really good beer, as it warms, changes in profile. It becomes more intense while the secondary and tertiary aromas emerge and blend. It definitely enhances food.
Posted By: Jamesade

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 04/26/11 06:46 AM

The traditionally held-to-be proper way to drink from a wine glass, especially when drinking white or otherwise chilled wine, is to grasp it by the stem. The most commonly accepted reasoning for this is to avoid fingerprints on the bowl, and to prevent the temperature of the wine from being affected by body heat.
Posted By: Clenbut

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I prefer the bottle, when i drink wear in a glass then it looks like i am drinking wine, but when i use the bottle it is a great feeling.
Posted By: wickyyao

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 10/01/11 01:52 PM

I can't agree with you any more
Posted By: Carolyn-Beer & Brewing Editor

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 03/17/12 09:45 PM

Rastal claims to be the designer of the Luettich balloon glass, although Reidel also makes this style glass. I have also seen the glass referred to as the L�ttich balloon glass. Rastal was founded in 1919.

L�ttich, the German word for Liege, is the cultural centre of the Walloon region of Belgium, capital of the province of Liege. Although neither Rastal nor Reidel provide any info as to how the glass got its name, one might suppose that it was named after this beer-loving province of Belgium.

The shape of the glass allows the beer to breathe and enhances aroma. The smaller mouth concentrates the aromas to the nose, while the short stem allows the hand to warm the beer, bringing out complexity from beers that are more assertive.
Posted By: Joshua Reen

Re: Serving Glasses - How Important are they? - 04/04/12 08:36 PM

[quote=wickyyao]I can't agree with you any more [/quote] i have the same reply to this post.
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