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When a brewer recommends a type of beer glass, he probably has good reasons to do so. He knows that the shape of the glass and even the thickness of the glass are very important for the head of the beer. If the head is too thick the scentmolecules of the beer can't reach the nose and the flavour of the beer will be hidden. For example a goblet glass makes sure the head is not thicker then 2 centimetres but in chalice glasses the head can take up to 4 centimetres. More information about the different tupes of beer glasses can be found on my 'types of glasses' page.blanchgls.gif (8567 bytes)

Most brewers therefore make their own special beer glasses. This glass makes sure the beer is at it's best and is of course a nice way of advertising the beer. This is why collectors quickly found the collecting of beer glasses a nice hobby. Many beer glasses contain very beautiful logo's and are very nicely shaped. For example the forbidden fruits glass which has a very beautiful foot. I'm sorry but I haven't got a picture of this glass yet.

This link has a list of Dutch and Belgian brewers.

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Here are some rules to make sure the beer the brewer put so much hard work in will taste as it should taste.

  • Make sure the beer is at the right temperature, most labels on beerbottles will tell you what the right consume temperature is.
  • Some beers mostly beers that have yeast inside the bottle need to be rested a few days before opening them. Leave the bottle standing in a fridge at the right temperature for a few days so the yeast can settle down at the bottom of the bottle.
  • Make sure the glass is cleaned properly, the glasses should be free of grease and dust. Clean the glasses with warm water and don't dry them. Instead let them leak untill they are dry.
  • Before serving the beer in a glass, make the glass cool and wet by holding it under cold water. Try to make sure the glass and the beer both have the same temperature. Keeping the glasses in the same fridge as the beer before making them wet is a good idea.
  • Gently poor the beer on the side of the glas until the glass is at 3/4 filled up. Let the foam rise and then slowly fill the glass completely, make sure there is a layer of foam on the beer. Depending on the type of beer and type of glass used the foam layer will be either thick or thin.
  • With some beers you need to leave a little bit in the bottle, this leftover beer contains yeast and even tough it won't affect the taste of the beer it will ruin the perfect color of it.

'Beer clean' glasses

Yes, "Beer Clean" is an actual term in the bar and restaurant industry vocabulary. Nothing ruins the presentation of a beer -- from the head it throws off to the "Belgian lace" that clings to the side of the glass as the beer is consumed -- more than glassware that is not scrupulously clean. 

The best way to get an idea of the effects of residue is to drink a glass of milk from a glass you don't intend to use to serve beer. Wash it out a few minutes with hot water (no soap). Now pour a beer. Is that the head you are used to seeing? Does foam continue to cling to the sides of the glass? Probably not like you are used to. 

Now wash the glass with soap (well, drink the beer first). Pour another beer. Same problem? Soap film can be just as nasty a villain as other residue. Now wash the glass with baking soda. Pour another beer. (You're starting to like this exercise, right? You don't have to pour a full beer each time.) This one probably looks better. 

Not only will residue you're not seeing affect how you beer looks in the glass, but it may also change the taste of that beer. If you find the word "soapy" popping up often in your tasting notes consider giving all your glassware a good scrubbing. 

Bars have equipment that costs from hundreds to thousands of dollars just to wash beer glasses. That's a lot of money we all could be spending on beer, so first we suggest having glasses dedicated only to beer -- using a glass for anything else may leave residues that are extremely hard to get rid of. Wash them carefully after each use with very hot water, use detergent rather than soap if more than water is needed, and then consider cleaning them with baking soda. 

Let the glasses air dry in a dish rack. If water droplets cling to the glass or if spots show while drying, then the glass is not clean. Wash them again. It's worth the trouble. 

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