While I’ve had some posts (and will soon have more, I hope) about the effect the style of glass may have on the flavor your beer, this is a neat solution that one bar went with to improve the social experience of drinking your beer.
I don’t long for the days before cell phones but I do think that there is something to be said for the movement that people shut off their phones and pay attention to the now. If nothing else, paying attention to the now is good practice for life, not just good etiquette.
I’ve made comment before about how I believe the ‘proper glass’ to be a bunk idea. And I have been called out on it.
So there’s only one thing to do: science!*
Here are four different glasses:
I chose these glasses because they’re pretty solid approximations of what might be used to present a beer in an actual pub. I will admit they are not be 100% accurate but my hope is that they’ll be close enough that my results will be credible.
What I’m going to do is get a commercial beer, pour it into each glass and try it, taking notes. Each beer will be drank it its entirety. The hope will be to determine if the glassware is impacting my drink and how much that matters to my enjoyment of the beer.
Some ground rules:
- Same set of glasses, every time. I have a lot of pint glasses but I’ll be using the same one every time in order to reduce variance. While I feel that a pint glass should be the same world over, the truth is that one pint glass may be a little different from another. I don’t want the results to appear tainted because I changed a glass.
- Commercial beers as samples. Homebrews, as consistent as they can (and should) be, cannot compare to the kind of near-certain quality of a commercial beer. Since the goal is to discover whether or not glassware impacts a beer and how that affects the experience, the base for that experience has to be the same and again, to avoid tainting the results I want that base to be built by a professional.
- Multiple beers will be sampled over the course of this experiment. There are just too many styles of beer out there. To run the experiment with an IPA and then presume those results would apply to all other styles is foolish. I won’t get to every style of beer but I will run the experiment multiple times with different beers, so readers can see how things play out.
- I will have at least one other person to try the beers with so we can compare notes. This will usually be my girlfriend. Beer judging has long been a collaborative thing and I see no reason to change that. Again: this will help refute any bias I may have and provide better results.
- All glasses will be cleaned prior to use. Just so we’re clear.
I think that covers it. I’ll have some results very soon.
*should not be taken for actual science