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Your Beer Glass Type Matters

Any beer connoisseur should know that you can’t get away with pouring some beers in just any glassware. Pouring your brew in the wrong beer glass types can throw off the experience by altering head size (foam), aroma, and even the taste. There’s no sense in wasting a beer, so consider these different beer glass types before pouring up!

The Pint Glass

Your typical pint glass.
Source: Flickr | Michael Fajardo

The most common beer glass that you’ll find at a bar is probably the pint glass. This beer glass type is perfect for most beers because the thicker glass holds the cold temperature longer than other glass types. The cone shape of the pint glass provides a wider opening that allows a thicker foam head to form and produce a stronger aroma. A slight variation is the “nonic pint,” which features a bulge near the glass opening. The nonic glass is supposed to help the drinker grasp the beer better. A pint glass is most commonly used when pouring a lager, IPA, stout, or porter.

The Pilsner Glass

A pilsner glass tapers off at the bottom.
Source: Flickr | Seth Woodworth

One of the taller beer glass types, the pilsner glass helps the beer maintain it’s carbonation longer and also enhances the beer’s aromas. The glass is perfect for pilsners, and some lager beers. You’ll notice that most pilsner glasses taper off at the bottom forming a stem. This may make the glass easier to handle, but ultimately means less beer per serving.

 

The Weizen Glass

A Heffeweizen beer with a heavy head.
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The weizen glass is quite similar to the pilsner glass, but the tapering at the bottom thins the glass a tad bit more. This beer glass type is perfect to show off the coloring of your beer, especially if it is cloudier than others. You won’t find anything else in a weizen glass aside from a weizen, hefeweizen, or witbier. Your weizen beers are wheat ales, rooting from German and Bavarian culture.

 

The Goblet Glass

A goblet can hold a larger volume of beer.
Source: Wikimedia

The goblet glass type can hold a larger amount of beer per serving and resembles the shape of a bowl with a stem at the bottom. Most Belgian ales, bocks, stouts, and Imperial IPAs are best served in a goblet (or chalice). Essentially any beer that has a higher ABV should go in this beer glass type.

 

The Snifter Glass

The snifter glass allows for the beer to release more aromas.
Source: Flickr | Steven Depolo

Not to be confused with a goblet, the snifter is slightly unique in how it holds beers with a heavier ABV. This type of glass fits perfectly on one’s hand, which should gently warm the beer to a pleasant level. Snifters are a special beer glass type that releases the strong bouquet aroma of the heavier beers. One could also compare these to cognac glasses.

 

The Tulip Glass

Tulip glasses allow for a thicker head to form.
Source: Flickr | Adam Barhan

The tulip glass obviously gets its name from the striking resemblance to the flower. The beer glass’ lip allows a thicker head to form and is perfect for hoppy beers (like IPAs). This glass also features a stem to prevent you from warming the beer glass.

 

The Mug/Stein Glass

The mug is the perfect beer glass type for a cheers!
Source: Pixabay

This beer glass is perfect to hold higher volumes of brew. You’ll notice the durability of the glass protects temperature and the handle allows for easy holding. The mug is perfect when drinking numerous rounds.

Identical to the mug is the stein, with the only difference being an affixed lid to the glass type. In the 1400’s, the stein was designed by Germans to help prevent spread of the Bubonic Plague that killed thousands throughout Europe.

The Boot

Das boot! The perfect beer glass type for any celebration.
Source: Pixabay

A more comical and novelty glass type, the boot also designed by the Germans, is perfect to use when drinking large quantities in time of celebration. The uniquely shaped beer glass comes from German military tradition. You can drink essentially any beer type in this glass, but lighter beer is recommended for faster drinking.

 

 

(Main Image Sourced by Alexander Baxevanis | Flickr)

Other Image Sources: Flickr | Michael FajardoFlickr | Seth Woodworth, Pixabay (Weizen, Mug, Boot), WikimediaFlickr | Steven DepoloFlickr | Adam Barhan

8 Great Pumpkin Beers for Fall 2015

Between whey protein and Oreos, the pumpkin spice craze has reached new heights with its latest vehicle, pumpkin beer. That is, if pumpkin-style ales weren’t already over 400 years old. That’s right, despite their recent resurgence in the American beer market, pumpkins have been used in the beer brewing process as far back as 1643 when colonists discovered that their natural fermentable sugars could be used in place of malts, which were scarcely available in early America. While the use of pumpkins in beer waned through the 19th century, the recent resurgence of the style harkens back to the beers our founding fathers drank and should be considered anything but basic. Here are 8 pumpkin beers that you need to have in 2015:

 

Ballast Point – Pumpkin Down – San Diego, CA

Style: Scottish Ale, ABV: 5.80%

A play on their Piper Down Scottish ale, Pumpkin Down boasts Ballast Point’s signature toasted malt flavor with hints of pumpkin and spices to create a drinkable fall brew.

“The caramel and toffee maltiness of our Piper Down Scottish ale is the perfect backdrop for a boatload of roasted pumpkin. Just before bottling, we add a subtle amount of spice to complement, but not overwhelm, the earthy flavor.”

 

Cigar City – Good Gourd – Tampa, FL

Style: Imperial Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 8.50%

With a pumpkin taste as high as its alcohol by volume, Cigar City’s Good Gourd delivers an ale that’s not afraid to treat the pumpkin as a vegetable and let its natural flavor shine above a bed of malts and medium spices.

“Bursting with real pumpkin flavor and yummy pumpkin spices including Ceylon cinnamon, Jamaican all-spice, Zanzibar cloves and nutmeg, Good Gourd is a celebration of Fall and that spookiest of holidays, Halloween.”

 

Dogfish Head – Punkin Ale – Rehoboth Beach, DE

Style: Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 7.00%

Named after the annual Punkin Chunkin pumpkin launching championship in Nassau, Delaware, Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale delivers a smooth taste with a sweet brown sugar finish.

“A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, brown sugar and spices. As the season cools, this is the perfect beer to warm up with.”

 

New Belgium – Pumpkick – Fort Collins, CO

Style: Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 6.00%

An unusual, but satisfying take on the popular ale style, New Belgium blends cranberry juice and lemongrass with their pumpkin and spices to create a tartness not found in any other beers.

“What’s that bite of tartness doing in a pumpkin beer? Adding the unexpected kick of cranberry juice to brighten this traditionally spiced seasonal ale. Pumpkick is brewed with plenty of pumpkin juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, but it’s the cranberries and touch of lemongrass that send your taste buds sailing.”

 

New Holland – Ichabod – Holland, MI

Style: Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 5.50%

You’ll lose your head for this drinkable session beer. New Holland’s Ichabod brings together pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg to create pumpkin pie in a bottle.

“Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. After dinner, try it with your favorite dessert.”

 

Samuel Adams – Fat Jack Double Pumpkin – Boston, MA

Style: Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 8.50%

Where similar beers often draw their sweetness from brown sugar, Sam Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin draws its from the natural sweetness of its malt to create a hard hitting stout with a mild pumpkin taste.

“This rich and luscious brew indulges in flavor with over 28 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel, for a full bodied sweetness and deep russet color.  Classic pumpkin pie spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice ignite a warmth and spark that’s deepened by an undercurrent of roasty smoked malts.”

 

Schlafly – Pumpkin Ale – St. Louis, MO

Style: Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 8.00%

Schafly combines a well balanced mix of spices with pumpkin and butternut squash to create a very drinkable ale despite its high ABV.

“Our Pumpkin Ale blends the spices of the harvest with full-bodied sweetness for a beer that tastes like pumpkin pie. Pounds of pumpkin form a malty foundation that supports the fall flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.”

 

Elysian – Punkuccino – Seattle, WA

Style: Coffee Pumpkin Ale, ABV: 6.00%

Described as an alcoholic Pumpkin Spiced Latte, Elysian’s Punkuccino is a coffee infused beer mixed with spices, toffee and caramel malts, and subtle baked pumpkin.

“A pumpkin ale with the attitude of a world-weary barista, Punkuccino packs a short shot of Stumptown coffee toddy in your pint with just a shake of cinnamon and nutmeg.”

 

Terrapin Beer Company Launches The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA

(Athens, GA) Just when the world was getting sick of zombies, AMC acquired the rights to the cult classic graphic novel The Walking Dead and reanimated the genre for television. Set in Atlanta, GA, the new show follows a group of survivors as they battle their way through zombies and the often more dangerous remnants of humanity.

Now, it appears those zombies are invading the craft beer industry. Deemed as the official beer of the undead, Terrapin Beer Company has partnered with The Walking Dead to launch an IPA that allegedly “will have you prepared for the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse.” The Athens brewery has described its new beer as “made with blood orange peel, and a horrific amount of hops” as it boasts a 6.7% ABV, 73 IBU, a blend of 8 different hops, and the ever so special blood orange ingredient. The new IPA is said to pair well with sweetbreads, chitterlings, and all other finger foods.

While this is not the first time a hit TV show has teamed up with a brewery to release a new beer, The Walking Dead’s partnership with Terrapin Beer Co. feels the most natural of all with their strong Georgia ties, and Terrapin’s numerous appearance within The Walking Dead (seen here below a collapsed zombie).

The Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA hit the shelves on October 5th, 2015 and it is sure to delight craft beer loving fans of the hit series, as it will provide them with much needed comfort while watching their favorite characters fight for survival.

Founders Brewing Co. Forced To Relabel Breakfast Stout In Michigan

(Grand Rapids, MI) As of August 26th, 2015, Founders Brewing Company has officially moved to relabel their Breakfast Stout…at least in Michigan, that is. The label of this ever popular beer has recently come under fire as it was discovered to not have been registered with the state for many years. This, combined with Michigan’s new law prohibiting the depiction of minors on alcoholic beverages, has led the Grand Rapids based brewery to relabeling their Breakfast Stout and removing the iconic imagery.

While craft beer advocates have been whipped into a frenzy, Founders has taken the high road with a simple post on their website reading, “The baby of Breakfast Stout is taking some time away from his crib after being booted from the label in our home state of Michigan.“ The post, along with a new baby-less label, offers a tongue in cheek response to the local law change.

The new label, by original artist Grey Christian, features a note reading, “left the crib for a bit, call me if you need me 616-522-2720.” When dialed, callers receive the message:

“Hey, thanks for calling and checking up on me. I’m currently not allowed in my home state of Michigan, so I’m hanging in the rest of the Founders distribution footprint this fall. Leave me a message to let me know how much you love double-chocolate coffee oatmeal stouts, where you’re drinking your beer, or, how badly you want me to come home. My Founders family may even use your voicemail for something fun. Maybe I’ll see you again next year. Then again, maybe not.”

While it may be some time before we see the iconic baby return to shelves in Michigan, the original label will still be shipped to all other states within the Founders distribution footprint, and it will continue to be available from September through December.

Ann Arbor Welcomes The Trolley Pub

(Ann Arbor, MI) If you love bar crawls, but hate the downtime between stops, Trolley Pub is the right thing for you. Founded in Raleigh, the Trolley Pub offers a unique experience with pedal-powered tours that allow riders to enjoy beverages between stops on a fixed route of local breweries, pubs and restaurants.

Trolley Pub launched in Ann Arbor in September 2015 after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation to allow pedal trolley passengers to consume alcohol they bring on board earlier in the summer. The only requirement is that the operator is not under the influence and has proof of liability insurance. Local ordinances still have the power to prohibit onboard alcohol consumption, but, as of now, Ann Arbor city officials are still reviewing the matter.

Amanda Swan, Managing Partner of the new branch, is very excited to grow the business in Ann Arbor, as a new form of sustainable tourism should be highly appealing to the local community. “It will be a great fit in terms of personality,” Swan asserts. Her team is even looking into opportunities to winterize their trolleys and hopes they can have a solution ready for next winter.

The trolleys are capable of transporting up to 14 passengers and are powered by foot pedals under each of the riders, with steering left in the hands of the designated driver. Customers are allowed to bring whatever beer and wine they would like along for the ride, but liquor is not permitted. There are two types of tours available: private ones for 6-14 people at a flat rate of $375, and mixers for 1-14 people at a price of $30 per ticket. Both types of tours last two hours, and the mixers provide an opportunity for smaller parties to meet new people along their journey.

 

Sierra Nevada, Brauhaus Riegele Partner for New Oktoberfest Beer

Every autumn, thousands of beer drinkers across the world come together to celebrate the high holiday of Oktoberfest. Originating in 1810, Oktoberfest has become one of the largest festivals in the world with over 7,200,000 visitors in attendance and approximately 6,900,000 litres of beer being consumed over the course of the 16 day Volksfest in Munich, Germany.

While it is celebrated on a significantly smaller scale in America, the USA has become a staple celebrator in the last weeks of September with many domestic brewers making their own attempt at producing the traditional Märzen style beer. The standard of the Märzen style is so heavily scrutinized that some brewers have even gone so far as to import German grains, malts, and hops just to try and duplicate the unique amber lager. One of the more popular American microbreweries has taken things to new heights by not just importing the ingredients, but incorporating the traditional brewers themselves.

Looking to produce America’s best Oktoberfest beer, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company worked in close collaboration with 600-year-old brewery, Brauhaus Riegele to create a traditional Märzen style beer that is held to the highest standards of the German brewery. Sierra Nevada founder, Ken Grossman, said of the project, “We’re honored that Brauhaus Riegele, is kicking off this Oktoberfest collaboration with us. We’re both family owned, our children are hands on, and we share a passion for great beer. We’re aligned in so many ways, and we’re excited about the outstanding beer that’s emerged.”

Hailed as “The World’s Best Oktoberfest” by Men’s Journal, Sierra Nevada’s 2015 Oktoberfest will be the first in a line of yearly collaborations with different German breweries, and will be made available in stores throughout the month of October.

Sierra Nevada hosted a three-day Oktoberfest celebration from October 2nd to the 4th at their brewery in Chico, CA, featuring a traditional German feast, all day music line-up, and, of course, Sierra Nevada’s 2015 Oktoberfest beer!

Louisville’s Top 5 Best Breweries

Kentucky may be known for their bourbon trail, but Louisville is quickly becoming a hotbed for breweries with more opening every year. With over a dozen to choose from, the beer scene downtown has never been hotter. Here are 5 of the top breweries in Louisville, Kentucky.

1. Goodwood Brewing Company – Sticking with its state’s traditions, Goodwood Brewing Company has taken to applying bourbon distilling techniques to their signature beers. By combining wood barrels and limestone water, they’ve created a line of beers like no other and with Taproom weekly specials you’ll be guzzling down Kentucky tradition all week long.

2. Bluegrass Brewing Company – One of the highlights of craft breweries is the variety and exclusivity of their beers. With seasonal and limited drafts, breweries become packed with patrons waiting to rekindle their relationship with past brews. BBC has turned this approach on its head by offering different draft selections at each of their three locations. This variety combined with a history going back to 1980 makes every visit to Bluegrass a little different than the last, and will keep you coming back to try them all.

3. Against the Grain Brewery & Smokehouse – Located inside the Louisville Bats Baseball Club, Against the Grain is a top notch destination whether you’re heading into the game or just looking for a cold one and a pulled pork sandwich. With a massive selection of beers available in bottles, you’ll be able to bring your favorite beer home or find that perfect gift for the beer lover in your life.

4. New Albanian Brewing Company – An offshoot of NABC’s Public House & Pizzeria, Bank Street Brewhouse brings a, “beer infused menu of a local food concept (EFC) with the pioneers of the local craft beer movement (NABC).” With a variety of seasonal and session beers and gluten-free options, New Albanian has become a staple of the area and popular watering hole for locals.

5. Great Flood Brewing Company – One of the latest additions to Louisville craft beer scene, this brewery was born out of the backyards of University of Louisville students looking to turn their passion for homebrewing into a profitable business. With 8 beers on draft and cheap growler fills from 4-6pm on the weekdays, Great Flood pays tribute to the breweries that inspired them with quality brews at prices even the brokest college students can afford.