What are you drinking out of?

By Rachel Renfrew

Glass boots are scattered all around our brewery. In a safe fashion, mind you, but they’re everywhere. Of course, our Big Boot Hefeweizen gives us a sane reason to explain the fairly odd occurrence—it’s all in the name of brand consistency. Right?

Well, it also touches on the tradition of drinking Hefeweizens out of a glass boot—150 oz of beautiful, cloudy wheat beer for sharing. It gets passed around the circle and everyone drinks until it’s gone. The fun part? Avoiding a tidal wave of beer rushing into your face when you get to the toe!

While it’s all fun and games—and a highlight of brewmaster Lon Ladell’s time galavanting through Germany in the 90s—it got us thinking about the different variations of beer glasses and how they enhance specific styles.

We’re about to join Phil (who starred in the video below!) to help him out with that boot of Big Boot. In the meantime, enjoy!

The Glass: Pint Glass

The Pairing: Stouts/Porters

The pint one of the most common, with thick glass to keep the beer cold and easily stackable for your convenience. It tends to come in two different sizes: the traditional British pint (20 oz) and the American pint (16 oz).

The Glass: Weizen

The Pairing: Wheat Beers (although, never disregard a glass boot!)

This German-style glass’ main purpose is to capture the wonderful fluffy head and colour associated with wheat beers. It is much taller than a pint glass and tends to hold 16 oz.

The Glass: Pilsner

The Pairing: Pilsners/Light Beers

Pilsner glasses are ideal for lighter beers—the pilsner-style for example, after which it’s named. These glasses are tall and slender to highlight the colour and clarity of beer while maintaining a nice level of head.

The Glass: Snifter or Goblet

The Pairing: Belgian Ales/ IPAs/Saisons

These large, stemmed, bowl-shaped glasses are designed to accentuate the aromas of the beer, making it perfect for anything Belgian or such styles as IPAs and Saisons that feature a fragrant nose. They also provide room for swirling to agitate the volatiles and enhance the aroma.

The Glass: Stange

The Pairing: Kolsch

Stange glasses (sometimes called pole glasses) are slender and very cylindrical. Designed to accentuate the malt and hop notes, they are perfect for a German Kolsch.

The Glass: Tulip/Thistle

The Pairing: Scottish Ales

One of the most recognizable beer glasses, this stemmed tulip glass is designed to trap the aroma while allowing for good head retention. The Thistle glass is a tulip that’s been modified to resemble the thistle blossom—Scotland’s national flower.

The Glass: Mug

The Pairing: Everything

The heavy-duty mug is one of the most traditional glasses. It evolved from the German beer stein and can be used for almost any type of beer, plus it comes in an array of shapes and sizes. The handle keeps beer cold, while allowing for you to “Cheers!” with ease.