How many beer glasses do you need? As many as you can possibly fit into your cabinet, that is how we do it here at Real Art is Better! I found that having the right glass for the beverage you are consuming makes the whole experience that much better. When I was looking for subject matter for this week’s Thirsty Thursday beer painting I thought about a series of different beers with different glasses. I remembered how fun it was to paint the Kandinsky-inspired Teku glasses painting, and bada bing, bada boom I arrived at this composition. This one took a lot longer than usual, due to all the details, and the larger size (24″x12″). Let’s name the glasses and types of beer I would put in them for fun. Left to right:
- The classic beer mug. Good for any style of normal beer, pilsner, lager, stout, amber, or Irish Red. Mostly a 5% alcohol by volume type of beer.
- Next is a snifter. I would put a high ABV brew in this type of glass, a Belgian double or triple, an imperial stout, a barleywine, or something barrel aged would be perfect.
- The next one is obviously for hefeweizen, or maybe a Belgian witbier.
- The Teku tulip glass is good for just about anything, but I would put sour, or funky beers at the top of the list.
- The Shaker pint is an all-around crowd pleaser, a jack-of-all-trades-but-master-of-none type of glass. I would not pour anything over 8% alcohol in this glass as it will just get you too drunk too fast.
- The Spiegelau IPA glass is obviously for India Pale Ales. Might you wonder why I put a rainbow in this glass? It is to show the diversity that IPA as a style represents from English, Black, West-Coast, Belgian, NEIPA, DIPA, Imperial, Milkshake, coffee-infused IPA, and on and on. Really, there are so many styles of IPA.
- The last glass on the right is a Speigelau Stout glass. I didn’t mention how these glasses are made from really amazing quality of crystal. My Aunt Barbara in California won’t drink wine from anything but fine crystal. Maybe you should do the same for your beer? Anyway put a stout in it.
Whatever your glass and whatever your style, remember to love it, or leave it. Don’t drink all 7 in one night, it is way better to enjoy beer moderately. There are diminishing returns when it come to fine ales!
Cheers to your favorite beer! May you always have the correct glass for your enjoyment!