The following guide is designed to provide you with the basics of glassware that is available today. Historically Belgians believe that each beer should have a custom-made glass whilst here in Australia it is practice to have a Schooner or a Middy branded 'Headmaster' or one of the Top Breweries logos.
Fortunately if you are viewing this website it means that you have a respect for beer, much the way some people do about wine and you are not simply one to over induldge on the cheapest beer at hand.
Every Beer style is uniquely different and has a different set of characteristics and accordingly some of these unique styles demand a certain type of glass.
Incorrectly using the wrong glass can result in poor head formation, a poor aroma release or a failure to produce the brewers desired clarity or cloudy nature. Yes, Brewers can brew to this degree of customisation - therefore we as drinkers should meet their wishes and enjoy the beer the way it was designed to be.
As such below you'll find a summary of the commonly used glasses for the styles available on the Australian Beer market.Flute Glass
Never chill your glassware, and decline if served a frosted glass in a pub or club. Why? As the beer hits the frosted glass condensation will occur and dilute your beer, while at the same time alter the serving temperature, which can be alter the flavour with some beers designed to be served warmer.
Hand-wash all beer glasses. Some dishwashers will leave a soapy residue, which may effect the head retention as well as the flavor (soapy, slippery taste) and aroma. Use a mild dishwashing soap/liquid. Let them air dry, do not hand dry because the towel may leave dust particles which will also affect the head retention. Caring for you glassware in this manner will also protect gold- or silver- rimmed glasses and glasses with brewery logos screened or embossed on them.