What do you call "proper glassware"?

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  1. JamFuel

    JamFuel Poo-Bah (8,351) Mar 26, 2009 Sweden
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    As someone who enjoys glassware, both of the novelty and serious kind, I'm very curious as to what people deem "proper". I've seen many differing opinions, but what do you think? Is glass type to beer style most important? The branding of the glass? General look of the glass? Or don't you give a crap?
  2. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (4,171) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    The glass should match the style, but it needs the branding to get the "proper" designation.
  3. JamFuel

    JamFuel Poo-Bah (8,351) Mar 26, 2009 Sweden
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    So what's better, a branded glass of the "wrong" type, or an unbranded glass of the "correct" type? :slight_smile:
  4. Hoppsbabo

    Hoppsbabo Champion (881) Jan 29, 2012 England

    A solid British Pint glass! (he says with a heavy glottal stop, completely belied by his vast glass collection)
  5. JouerAvecLeFeu

    JouerAvecLeFeu Champion (800) Apr 17, 2015 Washington

    Lately, I've been trying to track down the glasses from the breweries that I drink the most from. But for those that I don't, it's usually a snifter for the high ABV porters and stouts, a flute or tulip for the lighter saisons and sours, and a pint glass or mug for the German styles I occasionally will have.
  6. skleice

    skleice Disciple (300) Aug 6, 2015 Connecticut

    I try to stick with style within reason. I don't want to buy a glass for every style, or one that i don't drink that often. Therefore, I don't own or plan to buy a thistle, stange, chalice/goblet, etc.

    As far as branding, I choose to represent the breweries closer to me that I drink the most of and feel a loyalty to like Tree House & Trillium.
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  7. Beersnob724

    Beersnob724 Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2016 Ohio

    Don't give a crap.
  8. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,986) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I don't doubt for a minute that glassware suited to a particular beer style enhances the drinking experience. If I have a world-class beer, it's going into a glass worthy of it. For example, my go-to glassware for IPA's/DIPA's is an oversized Riedel stemless wine glass, a Spiegelau IPA glass, or an oversized tulip, in no particular order. I'll usually break out an oversized snifter for a good stout or barleywine. These are what I'd consider "proper" for the styles.

    That said, I think it's pretty well documented that I'll drink out of just about anything that will hold liquid. Vases, candle holders, jelly jars, and hobnail milk-glass goblets are all fair game. I like the offbeat and whimsical as well as the classically beautiful. Although I'm not a huge fan of branded glassware (unless it's vintage), I am a huge fan of visual appeal. I think mugs, seidels, and shaker pints demand some sort of embellishment. My glassware collection, which takes up pretty much every available square inch of space in my humble abode, boasts all of the aforementioned.

    One thing is for certain: I DO give a crap. Beer should be fun. :slight_smile:
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  9. JamFuel

    JamFuel Poo-Bah (8,351) Mar 26, 2009 Sweden
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    I think your glassware track record speaks for itself, my friend! If I could only have one glass, I think the snifter works well for most styles.
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  10. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (3,234) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    Couldn't care less about the "brand". I use tulips and snifters for pretty much everything.
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  11. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (8,349) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Beer glass to style, branding is secondary for me unless it's Belgian.

    Many domestics here use the same glass anyway.. It's fun to have one and a nice thing for a fav brewery but it's not absolutely the be all to end all.
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  12. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (4,171) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    "Proper" is an honorific that, IMO, goes to using the branded glassware within the style of the beer. Doesn't mean it's "improper" to use whatever the hell you want.

    I'd choose the "right" type of glass over a branded glass 99 times out of a hundred. That said, I don't obsess over the "right" glass all that much either. Certain glassware can absolutely show off the look and aroma of a style better than others. But I've got no problem drinking from a bottle or can; a shaker pint; a frosted mug; or even a plastic cup, if that's the only option.
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  13. rozzom

    rozzom Meyvn (1,059) Jan 22, 2011 New York

    I use what Spieglau call on their website the "beer tulip" but which I swear was called the pilsner glass when I bought it a few years ago, and my Hill Farmstead glass, for pretty much anything
  14. guinness77

    guinness77 Poo-Bah (2,113) Jan 6, 2014 New York

    My "go-to" glass has definitely become my Willi Becher glass. It's perfect for 16oz cans and a finger or two of foam. I think it also captures the aromas of whatever beer I'm drinking the best.

    I probably use the tulip (16oz or 12oz) the second most and I use the snifter or an over-sized wine glass for stouts.

    I drink a lot of different styles so I do have pilsner, hefe, nonic, chalice, etc glasses too. As far as branding, I do have some that were either gifts or some I bought while on a vacation but that really isn't important to me.
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  15. DoctorZombies

    DoctorZombies Poo-Bah (4,369) Feb 1, 2015 Florida
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    Snifters and tulips, but the SAPPs are the workhorse of my (mostly in storage) glassware - Cheers!
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  16. Iamjeff6

    Iamjeff6 Initiate (0) Sep 9, 2013 Virginia

    To me this could go both ways really, but I think you see more people with branded glassware (whether it be correct for the style or not) posting #properglassware.
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  17. emount91

    emount91 Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2015 Connecticut

    brewery/beer branded
  18. Harrison8

    Harrison8 Poo-Bah (5,380) Dec 6, 2015 Missouri
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    I drink most everything from a snifter. It gives an even playing field for all beers, at least in my opinion. Kinda like if I wanted to see how well a variety of road cars perform, I'd test them all on the same track that had a section for each attribute (speed straightaway, tight turns, long turn, etc.)

    I wouldn't consider matching the branding of your glass to your beer to be proper, that's just doing a good job of matching. Not to say I don't enjoy matching my beer to my glass, but it doesn't make the beer perform any better except in a picture. So if you're going for WBAYDN or Instagram credit, buy more branded glasses and start snapping photos.
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  19. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,803) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    A footed, stemmed glass with what is generally called a tulip shape bowl. Substantial enough that if the cat knocks it off my desk the stem doesn't snap in half.
  20. papposilenus

    papposilenus Poo-Bah (2,070) Jun 21, 2014 New Hampshire

    This is the correct answer.

    With everything being being canned 16oz, a sturdy 19/20oz nonic is de rigueur.

    Frankly, if I could find an etched glass 5-gallon bucket, I'd go with that. I hate getting my ass up off the sofa for refills.
  21. akolb

    akolb Initiate (0) Aug 8, 2015 Colorado

    As long as it's clean, its okay. But I prefer pint glasses for easier drinking, less complicated beers and tulips/snifters for more intensely flavored beers. The only glass I always pair with a specific style is my tall pilsner glass, and that's just because it's fun.
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  22. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,986) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Oh, one more thing: Never plastic.
  23. jkblr

    jkblr Poo-Bah (3,377) Nov 22, 2014 Indiana
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    I think using the correct glass for the style comes first with company or specific beer labeling as "extra proper." This may be most true for historical styles for me. Drink a west coast or NE IPA out of what makes you happy. I'm going to pour an Marzen into a krug every single time, if I'm at home. Same thing goes for Belgian & English styles going into "historically accurate?" glassware. All that said, maybe proper is what adds to your enjoyment. I won't judge.
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  24. RBassSFHOPit2ME

    RBassSFHOPit2ME Initiate (0) Mar 1, 2009 California

    I'd say this is subjective, but I think all IPAs belong in the Nonic Pint Glass.
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  25. Blinkyoureyes

    Blinkyoureyes Aspirant (208) Aug 28, 2015 Tennessee

    For me proper glassware is defined by type of glass by style, but also with the appropriately branded glass.

    - 3F Geueze in a 3F Geueze glass
    - Founders KBS in a Founders snifter
    - Yazoo Embrace The Funk beer in Branded tulip
    - Hofbrauhaus in a 1 litre mug

    You get the picture.
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  26. Wolfhead

    Wolfhead Initiate (0) Sep 1, 2009 Illinois

    Clean without cracks, chips or holes and big enough to hold a pint and get my honker in there
  27. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Initiate (0) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

    I call it overrated. If you feel the need to enhance the beer just use a white wine glass.
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  28. jparizo

    jparizo Initiate (0) Jan 16, 2011 Indiana

    As long as it's made of glass, it's proper.
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  29. Soneast

    Soneast Champion (876) May 9, 2008 Wisconsin

    Basically any glass that's clean fits the bill for me. That said, at home I typically use my Duvel Tulips, or some other random branded tulips/snifters.
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  30. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (2,073) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    I use a can glass because I like canned beer better. This way every beer I drink is in a can technically.
  31. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    An unbranded glass of the correct type is the right choice..
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  32. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    I much prefer Imperial pint glasses. Even with a short pour (for big beers), the Imperial pint gives you room for plenty of head and lots of space above for presenting the aroma.

    Most of the time I use Imperial pint pub glasses, either the English nonic-style or the Irish sort-of tulip style (similar to the Guinness glass, but not branded). (As an aside, I've read that the "nonic" name originally was "no nick" - a bar glass that would be stacked without nicking the lip... IDK if that is more-or-less true or just a fanciful tale...)

    I have some pint-sized wine glasses that I will use for BA beers and other highly aromatic stouts and the like. These are fairly rugged glasses.

    I have some Total Wine-branded pilsener glasses (free with the store opening) that I will use occasionally for lagers. They are pint size, and as said by @akolb, it is fun (and pretty) to put a pilsener or other light-colored, highly carbonated lager into the tall pilsener glass.

    I have a few branded shaker pints that don't get used, a branded modified shaker pint (it has some curve to the sides... I don't know if this style has a name) that I will use with that brand of beer sometimes, and I have a couple of branded Stella Artois stem glasses that I rarely use.
  33. Blinkyoureyes

    Blinkyoureyes Aspirant (208) Aug 28, 2015 Tennessee

    If you go to any bar in Europe they all (for the most part) use the correct style and branded glass for each beer.
  34. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (2,412) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    JMO, but as with the pilsener glass, I think most of the "style-specific" glassware is more for visual appreciation than anything else. This is especially true of the thistle for Scottish ales - a national symbol in a glass - and the Spiegelau glasses for specific styles (e.g. the IPA "Michelin Man" glass, the stout wide-bottom glass, the wheat beer glass - basically a bigger top and smaller bottom stout glass...). They are very visually attractive with the "proper" beer in them, but the arguments made about how they improve the drinking experience itself beyond visual appeal is, well, mostly nonsense compared with style-generic glassware (such as tulip, snifter, nonic, etc.). Again, JMO.
  35. Andy1010

    Andy1010 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2016 Indiana

    The one with beer in it
  36. Maestro0708

    Maestro0708 Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2015 Kentucky

    Most of my beers get poured into a tulip or a nonic pint. On the off chance I drink a pilsner I use the style-appropriate glass. My lone snifter was recently broken and I've yet to replace it. Matching brand to beer is fun but non essential, of course.
  37. Dutchcraftbeergeek

    Dutchcraftbeergeek Savant (936) Nov 21, 2015 Netherlands

    Most of all tulip glasses, sometimes a snifter.
  38. PrimustheOne

    PrimustheOne Initiate (73) Nov 23, 2016 New Hampshire

    A standard pint glass is the "proper" glassware for 90% of the beers I drink. A tulip glass for the rest.
  39. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

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    mudbug Defender (622) Mar 27, 2009 Oregon

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