Below you'll find the best craft beer and wine drinking glass styles. We've detailed the appropriate situations to use each glass, mug, or cup, along with the pros and cons surrounding each style.
Goblet or Chalice Majestic pieces of work, ranging from delicate and long stemmed goblets to cumbersome and thick walled chalices. Some more delicate styles may also have their rims laced with silver or gold, while the larger ones boast sculpture-like stems. Some are designed to maintain a 2-centimeter head. This is achieved by scoring the inside bottom of the glass, which creates a CO2 nucleation point, and a stream of eternal bubbles and perfect head retention as a result. Remarks Eye candy. Designed to maintain the head. Wide-mouthed for deep sips.
Mug Thick, sturdy and large with a handle, the mug is a fun and serious piece of glassware that comes in many sizes and shapes. The best part of using a mug is that you can clink them together with more confidence than other types of glassware. Seidel is a German cup, while a Stein is the stone equivalent that traditionally features a lid, the use of which dates back to the Black Plague to prevent flies from dropping in. Remarks Easy to drink out of. Holds plenty of volume.
Pilsner Typically a tall, slender and tapered 12-ounce glass, shaped like a trumpet at times, that captures the sparkling effervescence and colors of a Pilsner while maintaining its head. A Pokal is a European Pilsner glass with a stem. Remarks Showcases color, clarity, and carbonation. Promotes head retention. Enhances volatiles.
Pint Near cylindrical, with a slight taper and wide-mouth. There are two standard sizes, the 16-ounce US tumbler, known as the poor man's pint glass or the 20-ounce Imperial (Nonic), which has a slight ridge towards the top, a grip of sorts and helps in stacking them. The 20-ounce version is preferred to accommodate more beer or beers with large crowning heads. A Becker is a German equivalent, tapering at the top. Remarks Cheap to make. Easy to store. Easy to drink your favorite or best craft beer out of.
Snifter Used for brandy and cognac, these wide-bowled and stemmed glasses with their tapered mouths are perfect for capturing the aromas of strong ales. Volumes range, but they all provide room to swirl and agitate volatiles. Remarks Captures and enhances volatiles.
Stange A traditional German glass, stange means "stick" and these tall, slender cylinders are used to serve more delicate beers, amplifying malt and hop nuances. Substitutes for a Tom Collins glass. Remarks Tighter concentration of volatiles.
Stemmed An oversized 22oz wine glass will be most suitable for serving most Belgian Ales. Its size allows for headspace, while the open bowl creates a fantastic nose. A lot of smart beer bars are now serving their Belgian Ales in these. It also makes for a great crossover conversation piece. Remarks Replacement for a Tulip or Goblet. Conversational. Perfect for a fine wine or some of the best craft beer.
Tulip A stemmed glass, obviously tulip-shaped, wherein the top of the glass pushes out a bit to form a lip in order to capture the head; the body is bulbous. Scotch Ales are often served in a "thistle glass," which is a modified tulip glass that resembles Scotland's national flower. Remarks Captures and enhances volatiles, while it induces and supports large foamy heads.
Weizen Nothing beats serving your Weizenbier (wheat beer) in an authentic Bavarian Weizen Glass. These classy glasses, with their thin walls and length, showcase the beer's color and allow for much headspace to contain the fluffy heads associated with the style. Most are 0.5L with slight variations in size. Remarks Specifically produced to take on volume and head, while locking in the banana-like and phenol aromas associated with the style.