Why There Are So Many Glasses For Beer (and Which Goes In What Glass)

You have so many beers to choose from, and so many types of glasses to serve them in. You don't need to buy them all, but most beers are traditionally served in certain types of glasses to emphasise their taste. Here's a visual guide to the most popular ones.

If you care about retaining maximum carbonation and leaving room for the head to form, then match your beer to the best type of glass. For example, the nonic pint is best for serving beer cocktails, lager, ale, stout, IPA and porter because of the head that can form in the extra space at the top of the glass.

Similarly, if you have a Belgian IPA, consider pouring it into a goblet to allow for more carbonation from the scores on the bottom of the glass. Check out the infographic below to see which type of glass is perfect for your favourite beer.

Why There Are So Many Glasses for Beer (and Which Goes in What Glass)

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    It's more than just what's best for the drinker.

    The nonic (or standard UK pub pint glass) stacks well which is handy when doing bar work and clearing up. Due to the bulge, the contact point is relatively small so they come apart easily from the stack.

    The tapered (shaker) glass is also relatively common but aren't as easy to separate. The contact point is larger and the weight of glasses above pushes each further into the one below.

    Interesting that Pilsener is NOT recommended served in the pilsener glass?

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