Most Versatile Beer Glass

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  1. thecraftculture

    thecraftculture Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2012 Florida
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    My dollar trees only carry the chalice ones, no sniffers :slight_frown:
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  2. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    the correct answer is Glass Boot, 1L or bigger.
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  3. emsjf

    emsjf Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2012 Virginia

    Thrift stores often have ridiculously nice glasses for .99 - I got a set of crystal pilsner glasses for $4 that they thought were plastic. : )

    That being said, I never use them. Snifter all the way.
  4. GR_Rick

    GR_Rick Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2012 Michigan

    As I was reading through this thread, I was actually fabricating this almost exact response in my head. I personally prefer the nonic pint over a shaker pint, and am 100% satisfied if I get a "standard" IPA, kolsch, wit, or lager in one at any (even a 'Craft beer") bar or restaurant. As the quoted post above said, it sounds like storage space and durability will be issues in a "high volume" restaurant, and a tulip really doesn't fit the bill here.

    Also, I'd see if you can find a 14 oz glass. Maybe it's just me, but it always bugs me if I get served a 12 oz beer with a 16 oz glass. Try as I might, I almost never get the beer + head to fill it to the rim (which in my mind makes for a perfect pour, adding to my drinking experience) :slight_smile:

    .. and to be honest, looking at this simply from a business perspective (and I know from experience that restaurant margins are often very small) I'm not sure you even need to invest the $$ in new glasses right now. I might just "un-frost" your mugs (I wouldn't want to serve a craft beer in a frosted mug) and provide them with the beer. For me, if I'm drinking a "standard" style of beer (porter, regular IPA, wheat ale, lager, etc.) at home, I pull out my nice, trusty glass mug (which I love) and enjoy my beer. If the craft thing takes off in your restaurant, maybe then you think about getting some different glass styles a you expand your selection.

    Just my $0.02. Cheers!
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  5. Zimbo

    Zimbo Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2010 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    Tullip, Duvel in nature.
    Pint glass? As dynamic as a K car.
  6. willbm3

    willbm3 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2010 Massachusetts

    As much as I, and most people on here dislike the shaker pint, I feel like it's your best option. You aren't serving extreme beer and I think customers at an inexpensive Mexican restaurant would be expecting a shaker pint (and certainly wouldn't be offended by it). Also, they're dirt cheap.

    Now for home drinking, the most versatile glass I have is the willi glass. I pretty much use it for everything that isn't a stout or belgian
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  7. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    From a former restaurant slave and taking into account the type of restaurant it appears you are currently in - These are your guidelines but not necessarily in this order:
    1. Whatever is the cheapest to buy
    2. Whatever is the most durable
    3. Whatever is the same size or preferably smaller than what you are currently using for BMC
    4. Whatever fits in the available space at your bar or service area

    If the craft beer sells well, then go for better glassware.
  8. lemongelo

    lemongelo Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2008 North Carolina

    I'm not saying go this far...
    Like this...out to eat at an amazing local, casual sandwich place enjoying my brew out of a proper glass and yes it fits a whole bottled 12oz. or is perfect for draft pours. I think its the right glass for the most amount of styles.
  9. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,309) Oct 24, 2010 California
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    I think the Luettich Balloon style is maybe the most versatile glass. Also, the Duvel Single tulip is the perfect size and shape and form, but I imagine it'd be pretty expensive to stock a bar with those.
  10. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer Champion (849) May 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Solo Cup FTW. You can use it for beer pong, flip cup, etc. also the little ridges on the side really allow for the aroma of any beer to be released
  11. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (580) Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
    Industry Beer Trader

    Keep it simple. At my bar we use shaker pints, 12oz basic tulips and 8oz snifters.
  12. Groenebeor

    Groenebeor Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2009 California

    I always thought the 12 ounce versions made my beer only taste worse.
  13. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Zealot (533) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    I'm still trying to figure out how I would fit that burger in my mouth. Did you eat it with a knife and fork? :slight_smile:

    I would go pint glasses if storage was an issue, otherwise some sort of specialty glass might be nice just to differenciate it from "non-craft" beer offerings, though if you are serving the BMC in frosted mugs I guess that is already accomplished with pints even.
  14. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Poo-Bah (1,807) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey
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    I am partial to a Pilsner class
  15. Drew26

    Drew26 Aspirant (217) Nov 2, 2012 Wisconsin
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    An empty one is most versatile :stuck_out_tongue:

    But, I'd vote for a pint glass, just because that is what the avg. patron would probably be used to/expecting. Tulips are better imo, but safer bet for a restaurant is a pint.
  16. lemongelo

    lemongelo Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2008 North Carolina

    No fork and knife! You just gotta go for it! That place is's called Sandwhich, if anyone is ever in Chapel Hill, NC.
  17. Danielbt

    Danielbt Initiate (0) May 4, 2012 Texas

    Houston is not in Europe. Marquis is being his typical, elitist self.

    Mexican restaurant, so I wouldn't go beyond a nonic pint.
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  18. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

  19. Jips

    Jips Aspirant (224) Nov 29, 2007 Illinois
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    Canning jars! Dirt cheap, come in 16oz like pints, durable! Like a proper tulip the opening is narrow. It'll more fully trap your nose as you sip thus trapping more aromas.
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  20. MarkJBurch

    MarkJBurch Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I vote Nonic and Snifter.
  21. elgiacomo

    elgiacomo Meyvn (1,150) Jun 28, 2007 Georgia

    Personally, I find the Allagash Large Chalice to be my most versatile beer glass (particularly awesome for IPAs):

    Or, if stemmed would be a bit too much for the styles served, perhaps a Willi Becher style glass would be a nice alternative to the standard shaker pint or nonic. They're pretty cheap if purchased in bulk as well.
  22. lemongelo

    lemongelo Initiate (0) Jan 14, 2008 North Carolina

    I agree. I would rather have a pickle jar than a pint glass.
  23. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    Based on what you said about your restaurant, I would use a cervoise glass, which I refer to as the "European Pint Glass".

    Easy to wash, strong, and unique looking compared to the US pint glass (also better for the beer with a somewhat enclosed top/slight curvature to the glass.
  24. pixieskid

    pixieskid Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2009 Germany

    they may call it a chalice, but it is a cervoise glass...agree with you as I posted the same thing.
  25. marquis

    marquis Crusader (744) Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    The OP was "most versatile beer glass"
    A glass which doesn't hold a pint isn't as versatile as one which does.A pint glass can also be used for smaller quantities.A litre glass is perhaps more versatile still but there are convenience issues with this size.But an ordinary straight pint glass can be used for most beer purposes.It's versatile though not decorative.
  26. jb123

    jb123 Initiate (0) Dec 3, 2012 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    snifters or tulip.
  27. njhopspop

    njhopspop Initiate (0) Oct 17, 2010 New Jersey

    Specialty glassware is obviously going to be more expensive. If you are going to go that route, plan to incorporate the extra cost into the price of the beer you're serving in it. Plus if you're using cooler glasses, prepare for a lot of them to walk out the door. Unfortunately, we are not all honest. That's just 20+ years in the biz talking.

    That being said, IMO the nonic is probably the best compromise. I'm guessing that if you're trying to introduce craft beer to a place that carries little if any, you will not initially have the customer base that will care or appreciate the appropriate glass for any given beer. So to your avg bmc drinker, a great craft beer served in a tulip would probably be wasted. If however over time you are able to build a loyal craft customer base, the tulip/teku/what-have-you specialty glasses might be worth another look.
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