Is hating shaker glasses being beer elitist?

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  1. BoldRulerVT

    BoldRulerVT Initiate (0) Oct 2, 2013 Vermont

    I started my early years in Vermont drinking Magic Hat, Long Trail and Shed out of standard shaker glasses. Of course, as we all know...craft beers are served in everything from tulips to willi bechers, tekus and God knows what next. As craft beer has moved away from shaker glasses, I guess I've kind of gone along for the ride.

    I sometimes see the beer porn pics of a nice beer poured in a shaker glass and I kind of wince. And I dunno, I kind of feel bad about that reaction. A bit elitist on my part?

    What about you?
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  2. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    If so you're not alone.

    But then I don't consider not liking the shaker pint glass to be elitist. Rather it's a matter of simple common sense. My sense of aromas is greatly enhanced by the shape of certain other glasses. That improves the overall package of flavors since much of what we think we taste is actually produced by the sense of smell.

    Being cheap, if I'm spending good money on a flavorful beer I want to enjoy it as much as possible and shaker pints, originally designed to use as cocktail shakers, just don't do it as well as several other glass shapes.

    Edit: If someone were to accuse me of being a snob for not wanting my beer in the shaker pint, I'd just smile and say quietly "It's a matter of personal taste."
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  3. azurel

    azurel Initiate (0) May 27, 2016 Michigan

    Although I have a couple pint glasses from a couple breweries I find, I almost 100% of the time drink out of a tulip/snifter/teku.

    I don't think its elitist at all....Unless if your at a buddies, bar and you ask to have a glass re-poured into one of the other style glasses...Almost none of the bars/pubs around my town serve in tulips....Always pints.
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  4. GuyFawkes

    GuyFawkes Poo-Bah (6,075) Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
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    I request non-pint glass options while ordering at bars all the time. Usually they can oblige.

    The pour might be smaller, but I gladly pay the same price...since I'll be enjoying the beer way more.
  5. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,652) Aug 23, 1996 California
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  6. WillemHC

    WillemHC Initiate (153) Jun 21, 2013 Utah

    I will always love shaker pints. I use fancy glasses all the time, but I also often crave pouring a nice brown ale into a shaker pint and keeping my pinky nice and tucked.
  7. DrumKid003

    DrumKid003 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 Oklahoma

    I have no problem with the Shaker Pint. I throw everyone that talks shit on the shaker, and how it's the spawn of Satan, into the same category as the people who non-stop shit on AB-InBev and then go stand in line, for god knows how long, to get some BCBS. If you're being that fucking picky about glassware you need to reevaluate some of your life choices.
  8. JLaw55

    JLaw55 Poo-Bah (1,510) Jul 10, 2014 Missouri

    To answer your titled question; Yes.

    You may have a preferred vessel for a beer, but when you start judging others or raising a stink about 'this beer is being served in the wrong glass;' then yes, it becomes elitist. As the above referenced link stated; let's drop the pretense, have fun, and drink the damn beer.
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  9. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,988) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I feel a theme day coming on : Shaker Glass Saturday :slight_smile:.

    What can I say, every now and then I just want to get out the vintage glassware :slight_frown:. And sometimes the feel in the hand makes up for any loss of aroma. They are still a part of my rotation.
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  10. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,932) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    Yes, that is snobbish
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  11. Tsar_Riga

    Tsar_Riga Poo-Bah (2,744) Sep 9, 2013 Indiana

    Depends. Not every beer (or occasion) requires a tulip or other fine glass, and I do not always care that much. I will try to grab a better glass for beers which I wish to give my full attention, but for the common, end-of-day drink? Shakers are fine.
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  12. deleted_user_950283

    deleted_user_950283 Crusader (796) Feb 25, 2015

    depends on what kind of beer it is for me, after knowing what I was missing couldn't go back to pouring an imperial stout in one but lately these SN Oktoberfest are phenomenal out of frozen shaker pint

    wincing at them, nah, but it's not good to hate anything
  13. deleted_user_950283

    deleted_user_950283 Crusader (796) Feb 25, 2015

    tell us how you really feel
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  14. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,801) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I don't feel elitist using a tulip glass but I'm not going to take it to the bar with me.
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  15. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    Glassware (in my humble opinion) is just for fun, for the most part. If the beer fits, it's all good! Do some glasses highlight looks, aroma, taste? Perhaps. But are you gonna lose any kind of clout or respect to the beer or yourself for using the "wrong" glass...hell no! Or at least you shouldn't. However!!! A fine glass may be rewarded here and there :wink::grinning:! Cheers in whatever vessel you prefer! (And for the record, I prefer a nonic or tulip, but am a huge fan of thistles.)
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  16. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    Hmmmmmmmmm... :rolling_eyes::stuck_out_tongue:
  17. deleted_user_950283

    deleted_user_950283 Crusader (796) Feb 25, 2015

    I might actually get a SPotD nod then :wink:
    *last year's version
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  18. Ninjakillzu

    Ninjakillzu Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2015 Washington

    Personally I drink my beer out of tulip glasses at home and prefer beer to be served in nonic pint glasses when out, but I'm not going to make a fuss if my beer is served in a shaker pint. At least you're drinking (hopefully good) beer.:wink:
  19. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    Indeed! :grimacing::grinning:
  20. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    If you no intention on smelling the beer the same amount of time as sipping it, then its pointless to use a tulip/ goblet; just use a shaker.
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  21. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (9,803) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    No, it's not elitist to hate shakers. That's what they were designed for: shaking cocktails. @jesskidden has posted a link several times explaining how Red Hook was the driving force in getting shakers into bars.

    At home, I only use them for milk and juice. In the real world of going to breweries however, we're stuck with them.
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  22. nomisugitai

    nomisugitai Devotee (433) Mar 11, 2006 New Jersey

    Hating shaker glasses is hating being charged for a pint and receiving 12-13 oz. of beer.
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  23. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

  24. HeyItsThatGuy

    HeyItsThatGuy Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2016 Illinois

    Only if your picky... I'm a little picky :wink:
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  25. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    I like them for lower ABV styles mostly. Here's a better question: Why do so many craft breweries sell shaker pint glasses in their websites/gift shops?
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  26. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    No your not alone, I hate drinking beer out if them, but I do like to collect cool ones.
  27. HeyItsThatGuy

    HeyItsThatGuy Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2016 Illinois

    Cause their probably the most common glasses used for not just beer, but other beverages as well, which probably makes them cheaper to buy in large quantities. Cheers! :grinning:
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  28. tmbgnicu

    tmbgnicu Zealot (507) Mar 15, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Well, you tell me- my wife took a Haze last night, grabbed a DFH shaker pint glass and poured that silky hop juice into a shaker. I've been meeting with lawyers all day about divorcing her. So yeah, pretty serious about glassware
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  29. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,954) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I'm in like Flynn!
  30. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (363) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    To each their own. I use shakers for a lot of lighter beers. I don't think there is much different for many of them. However, Belgians, big stouts, lambic, etc., all really benefit from the right glass. Wheats and some lagers do as well, but it isn't nearly as noticeable to me.

    Take a Chimay Blue out of a chalice and it is a completely different beer. Put a Boulevard Wheat in a shaker vs another glass of your choice and I don't ascertain much difference.
  31. rronin

    rronin Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2005 Washington

    It's only snobbish if one feels obligated to lecture some hapless barkeep on the evils of shakers. If all I have to worry about is the style of glass my beer is served in I actually don't have anything to complain about.
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  32. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Like the glass.
  33. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,954) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Here's my take: Speaking as one who has been known to drink beer out of juice glasses, coffee cups, tumblers, vases, candle holders, and maybe even the odd shaving mug (stay tuned :stuck_out_tongue:), I'm sure as hell not going to make fun of someone for drinking beer out of a real beer glass.

    Seriously, though, check out WBAYDN on just about any day of the week. You'll find plenty of BAs using pint glasses, and some of them are pretty sweet. I have a modest collection of logo shaker pints, several of which I have picked up during my travels. While I usually prefer a stemless wine glass or a tulip, I have no qualms about using a shaker pint or anything else that it visually appealing and complements the beer I am drinking.

  34. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt Poo-Bah (9,803) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Depending on the quantity they buy, they can be had for $.75 to $2+ per glass. Buy a glass for seventy five cents, and sell it for $4? That's a nice profit right there.
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  35. Deedzie7

    Deedzie7 Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2016 Iowa

    Bottom line. The beer is good, the beer is cold. I'll drink it in any glass with a happy smile. I'm not going to request any type of glass. If it comes in a tulip cool, if it comes in a shaker cool. All goes down the same way.
  36. TongoRad

    TongoRad Poo-Bah (2,988) Jun 3, 2004 New Jersey
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    I already started a couple of weeks ago :stuck_out_tongue::
  37. Johnct

    Johnct Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2014 New York

    I was that way until I studied in Italy for a semester. My favorite local bar served every single beer in a shaker glass and I got used to it. A lot of my 'firsts' were in those shaker pints at that bar and now it just seems like an ordinary vessel for any style. Hell the first sour beer I ever had was Fou Foune on tap in a shaker there.

    (Shout out to Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa)
  38. lester619

    lester619 Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2009 Wisconsin

    It's not elitist to prefer one glass over another. Glasses can improve the taste and aroma, and a lot of them just plain look cool. When you wince at seeing a beer poured in what you consider the improper glassware, then yeah you've crossed into get a life territory.
  39. Lingenbrau

    Lingenbrau Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2011 Oregon

    I remember that post!
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