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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:

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.

Serving Beer: The Glass