Craft Beer Glasses

Craft beer is not just for the hipsters and beer savants. The microbrewery has taken off. A variety of beer options is a great way for guests to choose from, increasing profits. The glass in which you serve beer can make a big difference in how it tastes and smells. Each beer glass is designed to be used with a particular beer style.

It is important to have a good understanding of the types of beer glasses. To ensure guests have a great experience, it is important to understand the right type of beer glass for each style.

To enhance the guest’s experience, it is possible to offer a beer pairing recommendation for certain dishes, just as with wine pairings. While everyone’s preferences will be different, some common nuances can help to make a night of hard work more enjoyable. We offer common food pairings for each beer to enhance the overall dining experience.

Although the list is extensive, it’s not comprehensive. It would be almost impossible, given the growth in beer varieties year after year. A breakdown of the most common craft beer styles will help you choose the right craft beer glass. According to the yeast type and fermentation process, these beers are divided into three main categories: ales and lagers.

NOTE: Beer glasses must be clear and free from soap and chemical residues that could cause the beer to lose its heat, flavour and aroma.


Ale is a broad category of beer. It has a stronger taste than its sister beer, the Pilsner ( ). However, it has a lighter fruitiness which makes it easy to drink. Although it is not a strict rule, many beer connoisseurs recommend serving 50-60 degrees F.

American Wheat Ales

American wheat ales have a translucent, golden hue due to the ale yeast used during fermentation. Guests love the creamy texture, especially during warmer months. They are refreshing and crisp when served at the recommended temperature of 40-45degF. The alcohol by volume ranges from 3.5 to 5.5%.

A good pilsner, or Weizenbier glass, is a traditional way to enjoy wheat ales. Light salads, vegetable dishes, chicken and sushi, are all good options. Light desserts are not recommended, but fresh berries can be refreshing.

White Ales (Witbier).

The White Ale, also known as Witbier and a close relative of the American Wheat Ale, is a pale, golden, pale ale from Belgian farmhouse breweries. The main characteristics of the White Ale are crisp and dry flavours of fruits and spice. They are slightly tarter than American Wheat Ales and medium-bodied. However, they can still be refreshing when served at the same temperature of 40-45degF. The average alcohol per volume is 4.5-8.1%.

A good pilsner glass or Weizenbier glasses would make a great serving option, especially for Blue Moon, the most well-known White Ale in North America. Hoegaarden is another well-known White Ale, and they have their glass to serve it in, just like Stella or Guinness.

Try lighter seafood dishes, such as steamed mussels.

Amber, Brown and Red Ales

Red and amber ales, a darker version of the ale style, are distinguished by their deep, sometimes reddish colour. Medium-bodied, slightly sweeter, with caramel malt and burnt sugar flavours.

Brown ales hail from England and are darker than porters and stouts. They have a lighter colour, but they are more transparent than porters and stouts.

Serve at 50 to 55 degrees F in nonic or imperial style pub glasses, which bring out this style’s unique colours and characteristics. Traditional alcohol by volume is between 4 and 6 per cent. It’s great with various foods, including grilled chicken, burgers and more spicy cuisines.

Pale and India Pale Ales are (IPAs).

IPAs and pale ales have seen a surge in popularity over the years due to the explosion of craft breweries. These brews are more prominently brewed with hops than the other types of craft beer.

Pale ales can range in colour from gold to copper. The palate is medium-bodied and has a dry, bitter taste. A little bit of fruitiness is often added to the malt, creating a bready or nutty taste. The alcohol volume ranges between 3.8 and 6.2%.

India Pale Ales (IPAs) and Imperial IPAs were originally designed as export beers, which exported from England to India. These beers are dry and strong, with more bitterness from the excessive hops. The dry, clean finish is rounded out by balanced maltiness. The alcohol volume generally ranges between 4.5 and 7.5%.

Imperial IPAs are sometimes referred to by the name Double IPAs. They are stronger and were created as luxury beer for special occasions. The alcohol by volume ranges between 7.5 and 10.5%.

You can serve between 50-55°F with spicy, rich, or hearty meals like curry and lamb in pint, Pilsner, or stemmed beers.

Tripels and Dubbels

Both tripels and dubbels have Belgian roots, with many of them made only by Belgian monks. They are stronger than traditional ales and have higher alcohol per volume. Tripels are 7.5 to 9.5%, while Dubbels range between 6.8% and 7.8%. The unique characteristics of Tripels include their spicy, hoppy flavours, smooth texture and added sugar to make them drinkable.

These pours are typically smaller due to the higher alcohol content and intensity. They usually average around 10 ounces. We recommend that you serve in a stemmed glass or chalice. An all-purpose wine glass is also a good choice.

Pair it with heartier dishes like meat stews, roasts and grilled steaks.

Porters and Stouts

Porters and stouts are darker beers than the rest of the ale range, making them great winter libations. The original English black beer porters are known for their light bodies and dark shades. Porters can be characterized by soft roasted coffee or chocolate aromas. The alcohol by volume ranges from 4.5 to 6.5%.

Because of the many substyles available, stouts can be more complex. There are sweet London stouts and imperial stouts, and dry Irish stouts. They are dark, with many of them ranging from brown to black. They are opaque and dominated by bitter aromas from roasted malt. Many flavours include medium-roasted coffee and dark chocolate with a creamy texture. The alcohol by volume ranges from 3 to 12%.

The shade is the key difference between a porter and a stout. Porters tend to be slightly lighter than stouts. Both serving temperatures are 50-55degF in Imperial pint glasses and round, tulip stemmed glasses. These glasses are great with rich foods and smoked foods like barbecue, roast red meats, and chocolate desserts.


Lagers are different from ales in that they are made with yeasts that ferment at lower temperatures and for longer periods. Lagers have a distinct taste that is clearer and crisper than most ales. They are best served chilled at temperatures between 39-46 degrees F.

American Lagers and Oktoberfest

American Lager includes a variety of beers, such as the American Amber Lager and Oktoberfest Lager. Many beers have a sweet caramel taste or sweet roasted malt flavours as their primary feature.

The most important distinction between beers in this category is where they were brewed. Oktoberfest Lagers are made in Munich, Germany, Vienna Lagers, Austria, and Marzen Lagers, Bavaria.

The alcohol volume is between 3.5 to 6%. It’s best to drink between 45 and 50 degrees F. Beer glassware can vary due to the low hop content. Many establishments prefer glass cups. These styles of beer can be presented in a Krug or stein.

Pair spicy, hearty foods such as Mexican cuisine with it.


Pilsners are North America’s most loved lager. Their origins date to 1842 in Pilsen, Bohemia, where the first Pilsner was brewed. The flavour is pleasant, light, and hoppy, with pleasant aromas. Fresh malt balances the flavours. Large American breweries have attempted this style for many years.

They are best served between 40-45degF in, yes, pilsner glass. You can make it more interesting by using a stemmed chalice to create a unique setting at the table.

Drink with lighter foods such as chicken, salads, and salmon.

Speciality beers

Speciality beer can be made from ales or lagers and popular seasonal beers like pumpkin ales, spiced and fruits beers, etc. Kolsch’s, Cream and Blonde Ales are the most common.

Cream and Blonde Ales

North America’s favourite cream and blonde ales are the lagers, ales, and pilsners. These ales are popular in the summer months, and it is a good idea to include at least one cream ale on your menu.

These glasses are lighter in colour and body than traditional beer and have a slight sweetness and hop flavour. They can be enjoyed between 40 and 45 degrees F. Pilsner glasses are also good.

Use lighter foods such as salads or salmon to make this dish even more delicious.


Kolsch beer is a casual beer that can be enjoyed every day. It has a light, transparent golden colour and balanced, clean, and rounded flavours. Traditionally, the alcohol volume ranges between 4.3-5.3%. For 20-ounce glasses, a basic mixing glass or a pilsner glass is ideal. Lighter foods, such as salads, are preferred with cream ale.

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