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Why can't I decide what glass to use?!?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Gregfalone, Dec 29, 2012.

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  1. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Sep 5, 2012 California
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    Does anyone else have this problem? I've accumulated so many glasses in the past couple years that its become a pain in the ass just deciding what glass to use! I stand there looking in my cupboard just staring... It's just like the problem I have at a good beer stores stand there like a deer in the headlights looking at the glasses, for half an hour sometimes. It's easy when I have a glass from the brewery in which the beer came from, but for the millions of others I sit and hesitate... I don't have this issue in other areas of life, I'm usually very decisive. First world problems man... First world problems...

    Sometimes I think about just swiggin' from the bottle/can
  2. Mgm54

    Mgm54 Apr 7, 2011 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I have a good number, but glasses usually fall in and out of favor with me. I will drink out of one glass a lot (as long as it is for the style I am drinking), then get board of it and grab a new glass. I usually use a Dales Pale Ale pint glass or a SN snifter these days.
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  3. stonermouse

    stonermouse Aug 16, 2006 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Default to the Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Can't go wrong.
  4. beercanman

    beercanman Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    If I've had the beer several times before I usually go right from the bottle. If its a whale I use a giant snifter. Any beer that's new will go into a glass, my go to is a tulip.
  5. stealth

    stealth Dec 16, 2011 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    What is this I don't even...
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  6. Prh27

    Prh27 Apr 24, 2012 Virginia

    I used to do the same thing. I feel that I go through phases of glasses just as I do with styles of beer. Lately, I've found myself coming back to the trusty pint glass unless it's a beer I haven't had before. Then it's a tulip or snifter to really capture the aroma.
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  7. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Try to match the style of beer to the glassware ... Simple solution period !!
  8. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Snifter, tulip, nonic.

    I left out thistle :eek:
  9. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Mar 13, 2011 Illinois

    A tulip will treating anything with respect.. You can never be faulted for drinking quality beer from a tulip.
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  10. fox227

    fox227 Nov 19, 2010 California

    A huge factor for me would be: which glasses have been more recently washed? Any glass that doesn't look pristine in cleanliness isn't getting a pour.
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  11. beerloserLI

    beerloserLI Apr 2, 2011 New York
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    I'm not sure when drinking beer became so complicated. Proper glassware is cool and all, some of you dudes use it as a fetish, but the beer is and always has been about the beer. Open it and pour it into whatever container you like but for fucks sake drink it.
  12. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Sep 5, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    That's what I used to do, but now I have a few of every type of glass. Maybe ill just rotate them.
  13. hannydawg

    hannydawg Apr 4, 2010 Illinois

    I have over 50 glasses, but use my Duvel Tulip, DFH signature, or SA perfect pint 90% of the time.
  14. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I'm pretty sure Kenny Powers said this.
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  15. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Sep 5, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    Truth... Can't say I love thier beers, but I LOVE that glass
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  16. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Sep 5, 2012 California
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    I ALWAYS drink it! Maybe the time taken selecting is for the best. By the time I decide the beer has warmed up to drinking tempurature
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  17. beerloserLI

    beerloserLI Apr 2, 2011 New York
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  18. Gregfalone

    Gregfalone Sep 5, 2012 California
    Beer Trader

    Good point... On my way to the bar to drink newcastle and shoot pool...
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  19. gpawned

    gpawned Jun 5, 2012 Illinois
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    Problem solved, just don't acquire any more glasses or you'll end up drinking everything at room temp.
  20. DrLasers

    DrLasers Apr 18, 2011 California

    This is what my wife refers to as "White People Problems".

    It never gets old.
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  21. DrLasers

    DrLasers Apr 18, 2011 California

    Except your dignity while in public.
  22. djaeon

    djaeon Oct 2, 2006 California

    Just close your eyes and grab one! As long as it doesn't leak, it's a winner;)
  23. frognot

    frognot May 20, 2009 Texas

    Red Solo cup. Mark your name on it with a Sharpie.
  24. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    Go buy yourself a rather large Lazy Susan. Arrange your glassware around the edges of the apparatus. Slowly spin it and then close your eyes. Gently place your index finger near the edge of the device and slow it down with your fingertip. Whichever glass your finger ends up on is the glass for the night. Think of it as The Price Is Right for glassware.
  25. chumsnards666

    chumsnards666 Dec 11, 2012

    Hollowed out skull.

    At least that's what I use.
  26. jbertsch

    jbertsch Dec 14, 2008 Massachusetts

    The correct answer is tulip.

    When in doubt....tulip.
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  27. Beerisheaven

    Beerisheaven Dec 5, 2007 Pennsylvania

    I have the same problem on the weekends with women.
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  28. Porkhustle

    Porkhustle Dec 6, 2012

    Lately I've been using my Samuel Adams Winter Lager Nonic, which is smaller than other Nonics that I have. Also love my Saison DuPont slender pint
  29. acevenom

    acevenom Oct 7, 2011 Louisiana

    The Samuel Adams perfect pint, a simple glass mug, or a shaker pint are usually enough for me. I will break out my large snifter for some beers, but I have used a Duvel tulip and my new pokal glass lately.
  30. BlueRogue

    BlueRogue May 1, 2011 Maine

    I have more trouble deciding which beer to drink. I try to go a week or two without buying more beer but new stuff keeps coming out.
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  31. JimKal

    JimKal Jul 31, 2011 North Carolina

    While I often use a Shaker Pint glass because I like the way it feels in my hand, I've noticed that drinking the same beer our of one of my tulips is more enjoyable in a number of ways - head formation and aroma are just better with the tulip. And, surprisingly, it seems to have more taste out of the tulip (perhaps due to the concentrated aroma).
  32. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

  33. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    New belgium globe is my go to. It holds 20 oz if you're careful with your pour, but if you get a lot of head you don't have to worry about space either. Beers look beautiful in it, and it enhances aroma and flavor as well as any of my tulips. My duvel tulip is a close second.
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  34. jroberge1981

    jroberge1981 Apr 4, 2009 North Carolina
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    I let my cupboard decide for me. I tend to use my Portsmouth tulips or DFH signature, so everything else gets pushed to the back. Therefore it's too much effort to get anything else! I'll make exceptions if I have a matching brewery glass.
  35. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish May 11, 2012 Missouri
    Beer Trader

    Once I get a teku I think my personal glassware conundrum will be solved
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  36. RDMII

    RDMII Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    I have over 200 beer glasses.

    I use one. The same one. Always. And there's no logo on it either. I must be going to Hell for using glassware 'wrong'.

    Seriously, just use a glass and drink it. It's not rocket science.
  37. RyanMM

    RyanMM Mar 12, 2009 Michigan
    Beer Trader

    I have a policy that I only have one style of socks. That way, I don't have to "pair" socks after doing the laundry, because they're all the same. No matter what socks I grab, they'll match. Every couple years I throw them all out and get a bunch of new pairs.

    I try and carry that philosophy over into glassware. I use the multi-tasker of beer glasses. Fuck unitaskers.

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  38. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
    Beer Trader

    I use a coffee mug now so my boss will get off my case every morning.
  39. Bonis

    Bonis Jul 28, 2010 Ohio

    99% of the time it's a pint glass or tulip, never a difficult decision. I might use a weizen glass if it's a wheat or snifter if it's something really strong or hoppy. I definitely don't see how choosing a glass would really be difficult. Maybe you're more into the glassware than you are the beer, and that is not cool.

    I think drinking a particular beer out of a certain type of glass is overrated. Does it really matter? I know some believe the nose can come out better with certain glasses, but i've never confirmed this is true. I personally don't think it makes a world of difference.

    First world problems? I don't even think that's the descriptor. The word "problem" doesn't belong.
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