GET THE CRAFT RIGHT
Glassware plays an important role in enhancing the taste and visual appeal of craft beer. Here’s how to choose a suitable one
How often have you given a thought to the shape of your beer glass? Do you drink your favourite beer in a mug or pint sized glass? Did you know that glassware has a history that is as rich as the beer served in it?
Master brewer Manu Gulati says, “It’s important to choose the right glassware while sipping on craft beer (a beer made in a traditional or non-mechanised way by a small brewery) as it enhances the taste, aroma, appearance, mouth feel, and most of all, the experience that the brewer wants to create with his recipe.”
So, how important the glassware is while drinking your favourite beer can be gauged from the fact that Steins — mugs at Germany’s annual beer event, Oktoberfest –– are a highly sought-after collector’s item.
“The name Steins is derived from the historic stoneware that they were made from, usually in volumes of 0.5 and 1 litre. Created around the same time as mugs from other European countries (tankards made from wood, leather, silver, pewter and finally glass), they were made with a hinged lid that could be operated with the thumb, to keep the drinking experience one handed,” says Gulati.
This was done to prevent insects from falling into the glass and is commonly believed to have gained prevalence in Europe in the 1300s during the black plague.
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