It’s National Beer Day and hundreds of thousands of people are enjoying their favorite brew in honor of the holiday. The problem is, they’re probably drinking out of the wrong glass. I know, I know, it probably sounds like I’m being a beer snob but the shape and style of your glassware plays a big role in the aroma and overall taste of your beer.
Luckily, Spiegelau knows a lot about glassmaking and the way it impacts a pint of beer. The company started to create revolutionary beer style-specific glassware like the IPA glass last year in a special partnership with Dogfish Head Brewing and Sierra Nevada. This year it has teamed up with Rogue Ales and Left Hand Brewing to create the ultimate vessel for stout.
After a yearlong series of design work and hundreds of shapes the brewers and tasters agreed upon ‘Prototype C’, which consisted of eight custom-made Spiegelau shapes. The precision is impressive as even a millimeter in height or a slight change in capacity or angle can change the taste entirely.
Do yourself a favor and try the stout glasses out. The IPA glass was an eye opener and it’s no surprise considering Sierra Nevada and Dogfish had a say in its creation. With Rogue and Left Hand behind this edition (two masters of stout) I expect the same level of craftsmanship and quality. You can purchase Spiegelau’s Stout Glass through SpiegelauUSA.com and retailers nationwide. Branded versions with brewery logos are available through rogue.com and lefthandbrewing.com, respectively. - $24.90