Which glass for which beer?
Although the adage goes “the bottle doesn’t matter as long as you’re drunk,” then it’s different for beer. Finding the right glass to enjoy your favourite beer has become an art, although this practice is not very old in France. In fact, the beer glass itself only appeared in the 19th century, when the art of perfectly shaping glass started to develop. Previously, beer was served in terracotta pots, tin, sandstone or ceramic mugs. It was only after the war that brewers began to associate their different beers with particular glasses.
However, the brewer’s main aim in choosing the shape of the glass is to amplify the flavours and aromas of their beer. The choice of glass also helps the best head to be poured for each specific beer. This foam is important because it protects the beer from oxidising and accentuates the very popular sensations in the mouth.
It is impossible here to mention all of the types of glasses that are available on the market, but let’s try to “categorise” them a little...