Monday, February 28, 2011

Glass in the attic

I brew beer. I like to drink beer. I am in fact... A Beer Guy!
There are plenty of things that I love about beer... Mostly brewing it. I would rather brew than about anything else. I can't explain it, and quite frankly, I don't feel any need to. Those who brew understand, and those that don't are just plain missing out.
I put a lot of effort into each brew.
From the hours obsessing over what style will be made to the days researching recipes and the sleepless nights thinking about the difference a yeast or grain bill addition will make, to the actual brew day when sanitation and details rule the day, there are plenty of steps that go into every beer that I can not even list.
When you pour your heart and soul into a fermented concoction, you want to pour that concoction into the proper glass.
I like to make wine and mead, but it takes 1/10 the planning and execution of beer. I make wine like I make Kool Aid. Mix, forget, rack, forget, bottle. It's pretty much that easy.
People would never think of drinking wine from a bottle, and I just described my wine method. The fact is, I pour wine into any wine glass that is handy and call it good.
Why in the world would you drink a beer with any less attention to detail?
I DON'T!
In fact, I obsess over beer glass! I hand wash them. I polish them with a linen towel, and I store them in a separate cupboard. I would probably take them into the bedroom and set them safely on the dresser at night if SWMBO would let me.
I don't think that is normal, but nothing I do is "NORMAL" so it's OK!
The good folks over at BeerPHXation do a good bit of posting about properly serving beer. David
There is no headspace for any beer foam, which means either a short pour with head, or a full pint with absolutely no head. Anyone who has enjoyed a properly poured heffeweizen in a traditional weizen glass with a three finger head on it will know what proper beer foam brings to the craft beer experience.

I have even heard Vinnie Cilurzo, Brewmaster at Russian River Brewing Co. say that a shaker pint is one of the worst ways to serve beer. His beer, centering around barrel aged sour and what I would call "Exotic" brews... benefit more from proper service than the average
While I think that even a plastic cup is better than a bottle, there are a lot better ways to serve beer than a shaker pint. Most of my beer drinking happens at home, so I am ultimately responsible for how my beer is served.
Confession time: I own a few shaker pint glasses. But I certainly haven't poured beer into any of them since reading David's post.
I have relegated my shaker pints to the bottom cupboard where they are used for Rum and Coke, Water, Iced Tea, Milk, and the occasional Four Loko or Rum and Red Bull.
There are better beers than Bud, Miller and Coors! There are better ways to serve it than a shaker pint!
If I don't know what to use, or don't have the optimum glass clean, I will use a wine glass. It's always a better choice than a shaker!
Won't you all join me in the quest to invest.... Invest about $3 in an adequate glass for your beer?

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