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Serving Beer: The Glass
Use of an appropriate glass is key to proper presentation of a well-made beer. It conveys the beer's appearance, aroma, and flavor nuances and control portions for stronger brews. Also, pouring the beer into a glass before drinking it serves to warm it from the refrigerator's temperature to that where it can be fully appreciated.
As for the type of beer glass to use, there are many possibilities. Belgian brewers, who produce an astonishing variety of beer styles, have assigned a different glass to almost every one of their beers. Here are some general guidelines:
- Pair the glass's complexity with that of the beer: simple glasses for simple beers and complex glasses for well-aged and complex beers.
- Match the glass's shape with the expected aroma profile of the beer: deep or inward-curving glasses concentrate a beer's aromas.
- The size of the glass should be inversely proportional to the strength of beer and able to handle the portion size in the bottle, that is, use smaller glasses for stronger beers.
A final important point for beer service to consider is glass cleanliness. Keep the glass clean and thoroughly rinsed as soapy residue or fingerprints can inhibit head formation and detract from the appearance of the beer.