People Holding Beer Glasses
14 Types Of Beer Glasses, Explained
Steins, Tankards, Mugs
Originally water carriers made of wood or pewter, steins, tankards, and mugs got repurposed as the OG beer-drinking paraphernalia around the 14th century.
Today, they're usually made from ceramic or glass, but often still carry intricate designs as nods to their heritage. They're great for enjoying your favorite ale, stout, or lager.
Shaker Pint
Shaker pint is a multi-tasker that can handle various brews. Its tapered, conical shape holds up to 16 ounces and is great for hues and bubbles of pale ales and lagers.
Its wide opening makes sipping a breeze but slightly diminishes the head retention of complex brews. Its shape forces you to hold it in your palm, which may slightly warm the beer.
Nonic Pint
A nonic pint has a unique, pronounced bulge near the rim. Created for bustling pubs, its curve helps the drip of bartenders and patrons and facilitates easier stacking.
This design can also improve aroma and keep the foamy head for longer. It's suitable for most beers with moderate ABV but is ideal for British-style ales, IPAs, and lagers.
Tulip Pint
The tulip pint has an iconic shape and holds up to 16 ounces. Its outward bulge and inward flare at the top help funnel the rich aromas of aromatic and complex brews.
It suits various beer styles, such as cream ales, brown ales, and IPAs. However, avoid high-ABV beers since this glass is meant for taking large gulps.
Belgian Hex Glass
The roots of this hexagonal glass trace back to 1445, when the people of Hoegaarden drank their brews in whatever was on hand, often recycled jars that held jams.
A tribute to jam jar roots, the glass's shape also keeps the brew cool. The light refraction from its angled sides highlights the sunny yellow of witbiers and other wheat ales.