If you’re prone to drinking your beer a little too fast, The Economist explains how you can slow yourself down just by drinking from the right kind of glass.
Image: Michael Fajardo.
Beer glasses come in many shapes and sizes, usually designed to accentuate certain parts of the beer’s tatste. However, a study at the University of Bristol found that people drinking from straight glasses tend to drink slower than out of a flute:
A full straight glass of beer was polished off in 11 minutes, on average. A full flute, by contrast, was down the hatch in seven, which was also the amount of time it took to drink a full glass of lemonade, regardless of the type of vessel. If a glass started half-full, however, neither its shape nor its contents mattered. It was drunk in an average of five minutes.
Their theory is that when drinking from a straight glass, it’s easier to judge how much you’ve already drunk when compared to a curved glass. It’s hardly a guarantee, but if you’re looking to pace yourself a little better, try ordering in a straight glass and see what happens. That is, of course, if you don’t mind using bending the rules of beer and glass pairing.
Shape up! What sort of glass you drink from predicts how fast you drink [The Economist via The Kitchn]