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

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - HT City | Lifestyle - An­jali Shetty an­jali.shetty@htlive.com ■

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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He­feweizen

Kolsch

IPA

Stout and porter

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