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Boelter's Guide to Pairing Beer with Glassware: Infographic

Posted by Boelter Beverage on October 04, 2017

Let's be honest; countless different flavor combinations could go into a single beer. Even if we forget about specific ingredients, there are still a huge variety of different types and styles of this beverage. No wonder things get confusing when it comes to choosing the right glassware. In fact, it's like a beer glass puzzle. 

Realistically, you can drink whatever beer you would like out of whichever glass you can find. Just make sure the glass is clean and free of residue to help maintain head and keep flavor pure. However, if you want to drink beer by the books, here is a cheat sheet we've created to help you pair the right drink with the proper glass. Together, we'll guarantee you're enhancing each beer's unique aroma, striking look, and distinctive flavor to the max! 


Which beer glass should you pair with each style of beer?

Which beer glass should you pair with each style of beer?


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Benefits: The tall, narrow shape is perfect for showing off color and clarity. 
Best beer: Pilsners (surprise!), American Pale Lager, Lagers, Fruit Beers, Witbiers, Bock, Doppelbock

Nonic Pint
Benefits: Beer flows more freely out of glasses without tapered mouths.
Best beer: English Ales, Blond Ale, Cream Ale, Milk/Sweet Stout, Stout, Porter, IPA, Oktoberfest

Benefits: Tall with a nice taper that preserves head and aroma. 
Best beer: American Wheat Ales, Hefeweizen, Weizenbock

American Pint
Benefits: Versatile and designed with the bar owner in mind.
Best beer: Ciders, American Ales, IPA, Bock, Rye Beer

Benefits: Sports a tapered shape ideal for a casual drinking pace.
Best beer: Belgian Ales and IPAs, Imerpial IPA, French Ales, Scotch Ales, Saison/Farmhouse Ale, Quadrupel, Lambic-Fruit

Glass Tankard
Benefits: Designed for copious amounts of beer and quick drinking.
Best beer: Any ale or lager, particularly of the German variety

Benefits: A wider mouth compliments the subtle aromas of heavy beers. 
Best beer: Belgian Ales, Double IPAs, Imperial Stouts, Tripel, Porters, Barley Wine, beers high in ABV

Benefits: The slim shape maintains carbonation and intensifies fragrance. Stemmed glasses keep your hand from warming the beer.
Best beer: Wild and Sour Ales, Fruit Beers, Bocks, German Pilsner, Lamic-Fruit, Maibock, Weizenbock

Are you ready to invest in the proper glass for your brewery's style of beer?

Give us a call at 1-800-BeerCup to find out how we can help you create the perfect customized glassware for your brand and your brew.


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