Most Versatile Beer Glass

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  1. Azzy

    Azzy Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2012 Texas
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    I work at a restaurant which mostly sells BMC beer products and serve it on frosted mugs. I am trying to bring in some local craft beer and I obviously don't want it served on a frosted mug glass. I am installing a glass rinser and was thinking about serving all craft beer we offer in one glass type. We are a full service restaurant, and if it matters, it is a Mexican restaurant with very high volume. I am sticking to good local beer and it is all bottled/can.

    I was thinking of using a tulip glass but someone recommended a pint glass, what do you guys recommend? I would love to carry teku glasses but glass breakage happens occasionally like in any other hospitality industry job.
  2. arfenhouse

    arfenhouse Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 California

    Nonic pint would probably be best. Tulip if the restaurant is medium-high price range.
  3. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Initiate (0) May 10, 2012 Illinois

    If you start to carry sam adams, they might hook you the eff up with some super cheap/free sam adams glasses, which are super sick.
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  4. mixed_master7

    mixed_master7 Initiate (0) May 16, 2012 Florida

    I'd go with the pint too...Chances are, 90-95% of your customer base wouldn't know the difference anyways..

    If anything only serve beer that would come in a pint glass = win/win.
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  5. sirtomtom

    sirtomtom Initiate (197) Dec 10, 2010 California

    Echoing the thread so far...Pint Glasses. If you want to get fancy with them, order them etched on the bottom with your restaraunt's logo for a nice nucleation point.
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  6. lemongelo

    lemongelo Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2008 North Carolina

    I am in the same boat as you Azzy. What type of restaurant do you work in? The frosty mugs suggest more of a bar with food? I think the type of restaurant is huge in deciding on a glass. If not too formal, to me, labels are fine. I think the best glass that is durable for what is being described is the New Belgium tulip. If you contacted them and told them you want to call exclusively their glass and you are willing to keep one of their beers on tap...I bet you can get those glasses for free :wink:
  7. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    I would say this is pretty versatile, I really like the etched bottom idea that has already been discussed, and I'm assuming you're not going to try to be bringing in any high gravity stouts, DIPAs, or barleywines.....but if that's the case then I would say go with some standard stemmed tulip glasses.
  8. muchloveforhops3

    muchloveforhops3 Zealot (588) Apr 5, 2009 Oregon

  9. Azzy

    Azzy Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2012 Texas
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    The styles are Wit, Kolsh, IPA, Blonde ale, Lager. If I do go with anything bigger I would def use a tulip Glass. And this is like a value driven restaurant. The Beer would be at a cost of 4-5/ Bottle/can $3 on Happy Hour.
  10. mixed_master7

    mixed_master7 Initiate (0) May 16, 2012 Florida

    Yea Pint glasses would definitely suffice.
  11. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (483) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    Sounds like you can get away with a basic pint glass. Majority of patrons will probably not expect anything but a pint.
  12. arfenhouse

    arfenhouse Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2012 California

    Pint all the way.
  13. icetrauma

    icetrauma Devotee (483) Sep 7, 2004 Texas

    Most folks will not appreciate a teku glass. Plus, it is not cost effective for your type of restaurant. And, I'm sure you can replace pint glasses at the drop of a hat but teku's will be harder to come by.
  14. lemongelo

    lemongelo Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2008 North Carolina

    This is why I like the New Belgium glass. If you are handed a pint glass you aren't mad. If you get a teku, you really only appreciate it if you are a beer nerd and some other people that just like cool things...let's go with 15% total. If you get the New Belgium tulips though, its a durable glass and I provided a way for you to get them free. I say 35% people that review on your beer will remember the glasses as part of their experience. Now they may not write in the review OMG this place had New Belgium glasses...but it will enhance their experience and that's what it's all about.
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  15. marquis

    marquis Crusader (762) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    I'm seeing fewer and fewer Nonic pint glasses in pubs. The norm these days seems to be straight pint glasses (we used to call them sleeves) , very often with beer or brewery logos on them.But an Imperial Pint glass should do most of the time.
  16. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,163) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

  17. jhartley

    jhartley Poo-Bah (2,436) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Most beer drinkers will expect a shaker pint or a mug, nothing wrong with using a Nonic pint moving forward.
  18. brewbetter

    brewbetter Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2012 Nauru

    Pint glasses suck, sorry. Use tulips... Monk's does.
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  19. marquis

    marquis Crusader (762) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    How much does a tulip hold?
  20. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I too think shaker pint glasses suck, but...he doesn't work at a bar/restaurant known for beer like Monk's.

    The last restaurant I ate at used real silverware, but you don't see Chipolte doing the same.

    Note: I'm not implying OP works at Chipolte, it's just one of the few places I would frequent that I know uses plastic forks, knives, & spoons.
  21. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    I'm going to have to go with a basic tulip glass here. Most all places (outside of craft beer bars) server in pints. Be different. You should be able to find a place with a great qty discount since you will of course have breakage.
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  22. marquis

    marquis Crusader (762) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Too small to hold a proper pint!
    Talking about silverware , once had lunch at the Black horse in Caythorpe ; the dessert spoon they gave me was hallmarked for the year 1806 !!! Very trusting people there.
  23. ao125

    ao125 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

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  24. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    He said in the OP that all the beer he will carry will be bottled/canned, I think 16.5oz would work fine.
  25. ao125

    ao125 Initiate (0) Dec 1, 2010 Virginia

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  26. xsouldriverx

    xsouldriverx Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2006 New York

    nonic or tulip pint glasses. besides that if you need to serve a beer in a tulip use one that im assuming you have for wine already.
  27. ouits

    ouits Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2012 Ohio

    If you don't mind brewery logos, talk to your sales rep from one of your distributors. Depending on your state, they may be able to give you some pint glasses. For example, in Ohio, a distributor can give you 2 cases of glassware/year.

    Edit - You also mention that you do a lot of volume. This can be to your advantage here.
  28. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (1,527) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I have a tulip glass bought at a yard sale for like two bucks, it's perfect for all styles and holds a 12 oz brew. I have more expensive glasses fancier glass, but this one is my favorite. I hate shaker pints to drink from, but some of the logo's are quite nice. Imperial Pints are ok too, and I like an old fashioned Pilsner glass, but I broke all mire thru use, and they were 1970's style, antiques, but I used them to the end.
  29. marquis

    marquis Crusader (762) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    Standard beer bottle and can in this part of the world is 500 ml. There are also a few what must be "sample" bottles of 330 ml and some cans are only 440 ml. Can't see the point of 440 ml.A few bottles are Imperial pints and 660 ml.
  30. Hanzo

    Hanzo Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2012 Virginia

    Gotcha, I did not see where the OP was from Europe, my mistake.
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  31. audioserf

    audioserf Aspirant (253) Sep 3, 2010 Connecticut

    I use my DFH signature glass for probably 75% of beer that I drink. It works for everything.
  32. matedog

    matedog Initiate (58) Jan 25, 2010 California
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    Standard shaker/pint glasses are aesthetically dull and not particularly ergonomic. I actively dislike them (if that wasn't obvious).
  33. thenamestsam

    thenamestsam Initiate (121) Sep 13, 2012 New York

    A lot of people advocating for the tulip on here. Doesn't make any sense to me. It's an inexpensive Mexican food restaurant that as of right now serves only BMC in frosted mugs, and is considering adding some inexpensive local craft options. Tulip doesn't make any sense for that situation in my mind. It's going to be completely out of place in that kind of setting. I'd say stick to pint glasses.
  34. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (475) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    For me these are the most versatile and cheapest: Dollar tree = $1.00 each
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  35. abraxel

    abraxel Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2009 Michigan

    I like tulips (or snifters) for just about everything, and I think it would be pretty cool to order a decent craft beer at a Mexican place and have it served in a tulip.

    Of course, what I would like and what most of your customers would like might be different, but you'd certainly be unique.
  36. omnigrits

    omnigrits Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2006 Texas

    These days, unless you work in a specialist beer bar or restaurant, you'll be doing well if you can persuade your GM to spring for anything more expensive than a shaker pint, and they get the job done, no question. If you're pouring from 12 oz cans and bottles a 13½ oz poco grande would be a nice choice.
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  37. tectactoe

    tectactoe Initiate (0) Mar 20, 2012 Michigan

    I use my Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass all the time. It seems to fit a huge variety of styles. I use the snifter often, too.
  38. teorn88

    teorn88 Initiate (146) Jun 5, 2010 United Kingdom (England)
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  39. CityofBals

    CityofBals Initiate (0) Sep 12, 2012 Illinois

    Nice bar/restaurant? You should serve beer in it's appropriate glassware.
    Bar just starting to get into craft? Nonic pints, don't serve anything that wouldn't be appropriate in a nonic pint!
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  40. AxesandAnchors

    AxesandAnchors Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2012 Oregon

    I also dislike pint glasses, and a tulip is obviously the most well rounded glass for the most amount of styles...however, taking into consideration the styles you said you want to bring in, the type of restaurant it is, and the fact that storage space will no doubt be an issue, as well as the need to have enough clean glasses on hand, I think a Nonic Pint is the way to go. They're cheap, better than a conical pint, durable, and they stack.
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