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    Small Tulip or Snifter
The snifter glass is most commonly associated with digestif beverages  such as bourbon and brandy. However, it can be a great craft beer glass  for certain types of ale. The large, round bottom is designed to  increase the heat transfer from your hand, thus warming the beer. The  top tapers inward trapping aromas. Very strong beers—over 8 percent  alcohol—are best-suited for this type of glassware.
English, Irish & Scottish Ales
Russian Imperial Stout
Strong Ale
Old Ale
English-Style Barleywine
American Ales
Imperial or Double IPA
American Barleywine
Belgian & French Ales
Belgian Strong Dark
Classic Lagers
Doppelbock
Stemmed Pokal 
While similar to the pilsner flute, the pokal has a stemmed bottom  similar to a wine glass. The pokal is often used to serve German  bockstyle lager beers. These beers are traditionally very malty and the  glass presents bock’s sweet aromas while maintaining a nice head of  foam.
English, Irish & Scottish Ales
Scotch Ale
Other Ales & Hybrids
Weizenbock
Classic Lagers
Heller Bock or Maibock
Bock
French Jelly Glass 
As its name suggests, the French jelly glass was first used to store  fruit jellies or preserves in provincial France and Belgium. In between  jellies, the farmers used them for beverages. These glasses feature a  wide mouth tapering down to a small base with large jewel-like facets  around the side.
Belgian & French Ales
Witbier White Ale
American Shaker Pint 
This glass is what most people think of as the traditional pint glass.  It’s easy to stack and clean and is inexpensive to produce. The wide  mouth promotes easy sipping, but aroma and flavor are diminished with  this type of glass. It is commonly used to serve light American lagers.
American Ales
Amber Ale
Red Ale
Other Ales & Hybrids
American Wheat Ale
Classic Lagers
American Amber Lager
Nonick Imperial Pint 
The Imperial pint was adopted as an official measure by British  Parliament in 1824. Using this official system of measurement, the  “nonick” version of the Imperial pint glass was produced for use in pubs  in the 1960’s. The glass bulges out at the top which improves grip,  prevents glasses from sticking together when stacked, adds strength and  reduces chipping.
English, Irish & Scottish Ales
English Pale Ale
Ordinary Bitter/Best Bitter/ESB
English-Style India Pale Ale
English Brown Ale
English-Style Porter
American Ales
American Pale Ale
American Brown Ale
American Porter and Stout
Classic Pilsner Flute 
This is a tall, slender glass that some people confuse with a champagne  flute. The conical shape helps maintain the pilsner’s pillowy head while  offering a wonderful view of the sparkling clarity of this-lager style  beer. The narrow design brings aromas to your nose as you tip the glass  back for a sip.
English, Irish & Scottish Ales
Scotch Ale
Other Ales & Hybrids
Berliner Weisse
Kölsch
Dusseldorfer Altbier
Cream Ale
California Common Beer
Classic Lagers
Bohemian Pilsner
German Pilsner
Dortmunder Export
Stemmed Abbey Goblet 
These glasses vary in design for each brewery that produces them. They  are often beautiful pieces of glass art with brightly colored brewery  logos adorning their sides. While they have different designs and  shapes, they share some common features. They typically have long, thick  stems and a wide mouth for easy sipping. Many have nucleation sites  (etchings) on the bottom which produce bubbles and maintain an  attractive, frothy head that intensifies aromas.
Belgian & French Ales
Abbey Dubbel
Handled Glass Stein 
With its distinctive dimpled sides, this glass is used to serve  traditional German-style beers. The stein is made from thick glass that  can withstand spirited clinking. The wide mouth promotes easy drinking  and the thick handle eliminates heat transfer from your hand.
Classic Lagers
Oktoberfest
Märzen
Vienna
Munich Dunkel
Schwarzbier
Weissbier Vase 
This tall, sloping glass is a traditional German favorite for weissbiers  or wheat beers. They have a wide mouth to contain a generous head of  foam. When the glass is tipped back, the additional of air increases the  amount of pleasant clove or banana aromas that characterize wheat  beers.
Other Ales & Hybrids
Bavarian Hefeweisse
Classic Lagers
Munich Dunkel
Large Tulip Glass 
Tulip glasses trap aromas and maintain a frothy head due to their  undulating, tulip-like design. This shape aids in drinkability and  elevates the overall tasting experience. This type of glassware is best  for strongly flavored, malty craft beers. Like the stemmed goblet, the  tulip shape can trap the sweet aromatics produced by heavy beers while  maintaining a lively head.
Belgian & French Ales
Abbey Tripel
Saison
Biere de Garde
Lambic and Gueze
Flemish Brown and Red
Specialty Beer Glasses
Since specialty beers vary greatly from style to style, glassware should  vary accordingly. A rule of thumb is that the higher the alcohol  content of the beer, the smaller the serving glass should be.  Barrel-aged beers are often in the 8-10% range, so a snifter glass is  called for. When in doubt, trust your own judgement.
Irish Imperial Stout
The Irish Imperial pint glass features a wide mouth tapering down to a  small base. This glass is similar, but slightly different, to the  British-style Imperial pint glass. The small surface area where it’s  gripped decreases the amount of heat transferred from your hand keeping  the beer cooler for longer. The wide mouth encourages a frothy head and  easy sipping.
English, Irish & Scottish Ales
Stout
American Ales
American Stout

    Small Tulip or Snifter

    The snifter glass is most commonly associated with digestif beverages such as bourbon and brandy. However, it can be a great craft beer glass for certain types of ale. The large, round bottom is designed to increase the heat transfer from your hand, thus warming the beer. The top tapers inward trapping aromas. Very strong beers—over 8 percent alcohol—are best-suited for this type of glassware.

    English, Irish & Scottish Ales

    • Russian Imperial Stout
    • Strong Ale
    • Old Ale
    • English-Style Barleywine

    American Ales

    • Imperial or Double IPA
    • American Barleywine

    Belgian & French Ales

    • Belgian Strong Dark

    Classic Lagers

    • Doppelbock

    Stemmed Pokal

    While similar to the pilsner flute, the pokal has a stemmed bottom similar to a wine glass. The pokal is often used to serve German bockstyle lager beers. These beers are traditionally very malty and the glass presents bock’s sweet aromas while maintaining a nice head of foam.

    English, Irish & Scottish Ales

    • Scotch Ale

    Other Ales & Hybrids

    • Weizenbock

    Classic Lagers

    • Heller Bock or Maibock
    • Bock

    French Jelly Glass

    As its name suggests, the French jelly glass was first used to store fruit jellies or preserves in provincial France and Belgium. In between jellies, the farmers used them for beverages. These glasses feature a wide mouth tapering down to a small base with large jewel-like facets around the side.

    Belgian & French Ales

    • Witbier White Ale

    American Shaker Pint

    This glass is what most people think of as the traditional pint glass. It’s easy to stack and clean and is inexpensive to produce. The wide mouth promotes easy sipping, but aroma and flavor are diminished with this type of glass. It is commonly used to serve light American lagers.

    American Ales

    • Amber Ale
    • Red Ale

    Other Ales & Hybrids

    • American Wheat Ale

    Classic Lagers

    • American Amber Lager

    Nonick Imperial Pint

    The Imperial pint was adopted as an official measure by British Parliament in 1824. Using this official system of measurement, the “nonick” version of the Imperial pint glass was produced for use in pubs in the 1960’s. The glass bulges out at the top which improves grip, prevents glasses from sticking together when stacked, adds strength and reduces chipping.

    English, Irish & Scottish Ales

    • English Pale Ale
    • Ordinary Bitter/Best Bitter/ESB
    • English-Style India Pale Ale
    • English Brown Ale
    • English-Style Porter

    American Ales

    • American Pale Ale
    • American Brown Ale
    • American Porter and Stout

    Classic Pilsner Flute

    This is a tall, slender glass that some people confuse with a champagne flute. The conical shape helps maintain the pilsner’s pillowy head while offering a wonderful view of the sparkling clarity of this-lager style beer. The narrow design brings aromas to your nose as you tip the glass back for a sip.

    English, Irish & Scottish Ales

    • Scotch Ale

    Other Ales & Hybrids

    • Berliner Weisse
    • Kölsch
    • Dusseldorfer Altbier
    • Cream Ale
    • California Common Beer

    Classic Lagers

    • Bohemian Pilsner
    • German Pilsner
    • Dortmunder Export

    Stemmed Abbey Goblet

    These glasses vary in design for each brewery that produces them. They are often beautiful pieces of glass art with brightly colored brewery logos adorning their sides. While they have different designs and shapes, they share some common features. They typically have long, thick stems and a wide mouth for easy sipping. Many have nucleation sites (etchings) on the bottom which produce bubbles and maintain an attractive, frothy head that intensifies aromas.

    Belgian & French Ales

    • Abbey Dubbel

    Handled Glass Stein

    With its distinctive dimpled sides, this glass is used to serve traditional German-style beers. The stein is made from thick glass that can withstand spirited clinking. The wide mouth promotes easy drinking and the thick handle eliminates heat transfer from your hand.

    Classic Lagers

    • Oktoberfest
    • Märzen
    • Vienna
    • Munich Dunkel
    • Schwarzbier

    Weissbier Vase

    This tall, sloping glass is a traditional German favorite for weissbiers or wheat beers. They have a wide mouth to contain a generous head of foam. When the glass is tipped back, the additional of air increases the amount of pleasant clove or banana aromas that characterize wheat beers.

    Other Ales & Hybrids

    • Bavarian Hefeweisse

    Classic Lagers

    • Munich Dunkel

    Large Tulip Glass

    Tulip glasses trap aromas and maintain a frothy head due to their undulating, tulip-like design. This shape aids in drinkability and elevates the overall tasting experience. This type of glassware is best for strongly flavored, malty craft beers. Like the stemmed goblet, the tulip shape can trap the sweet aromatics produced by heavy beers while maintaining a lively head.

    Belgian & French Ales

    • Abbey Tripel
    • Saison
    • Biere de Garde
    • Lambic and Gueze
    • Flemish Brown and Red

    Specialty Beer Glasses

    Since specialty beers vary greatly from style to style, glassware should vary accordingly. A rule of thumb is that the higher the alcohol content of the beer, the smaller the serving glass should be. Barrel-aged beers are often in the 8-10% range, so a snifter glass is called for. When in doubt, trust your own judgement.

    Irish Imperial Stout

    The Irish Imperial pint glass features a wide mouth tapering down to a small base. This glass is similar, but slightly different, to the British-style Imperial pint glass. The small surface area where it’s gripped decreases the amount of heat transferred from your hand keeping the beer cooler for longer. The wide mouth encourages a frothy head and easy sipping.

    English, Irish & Scottish Ales

    • Stout

    American Ales

    • American Stout
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