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Beer Glass Types & Sizes Explained

Beer glasses are more complicated than just having the job of getting beer to your mouth. Surprising, we know. What more do you really need?

Well, it turns out that all those cool glasses you see in the pub (you know, the ones that end up in your kitchen cupboards after a night out) are actually designed to enhance the different flavours of the beers you drink out of them. Cool right?

Does the Type of Beer Glass Matter?

There is a reason for all the wacky-shaped beer glasses around. Different types of beer are often served in different glasses. These glasses actually help to enhance the flavour of different beers. 

The different shapes are designed to enhance the aromatic compounds (ooh fancy) of your beer. And smell is important for taste. So the right shaped glass makes a beer taste better. 

Types of Beer Glasses

Pint Glasses

Pint glasses are the OG. The best way to enjoy your favourite beer. Especially when it comes in a Beavertown glass. Fun fact: different places measure pints differently. So don’t be too sad when you get a smaller glass when you’re in America. 

Imperial Pint

Beavertown pint glasses are Imperial pint glasses. They are fairly tall and have a bump around the top. They can also be called Nonic glasses because the bulge protects the rim from cracking if it tips over, so it won’t nick your lips. 

They hold a British pint. Which is 568ml of beer. That’s a little more than your standard tub of rocky road ice cream. And way much too ketchup to eat in one sitting, even if the chips are incredible. 

Imperial pint glasses are the best way to enjoy a good pale ale, IPA, and stout.

American Pint

A bog standard glass design, the American pint glass is smaller. And typically has straight, tapered sides. They hold 473ml of beer. Or about 500 M&Ms (we’ll leave the maths to you though). 

They’re also called shaker glasses sometimes as they are often used in cocktail shakers. 

Tumbler Glasses

A bit smaller than their cousins, tumbler glasses, are the Hobbits of the glass world. They perfectly hold any 330ml can of Beavertown beer (or any other beverage, we suppose). 

Pilsner Glasses

These glasses are tall and thin with a slightly tapered edge. And are designed to make a pilsner look and taste better.  And the height makes sure the head sticks around longer. They usually hold about 400ml. Which is about the same as 2 juice boxes.

Beer Mugs

A classic piece of pub glassware. Or something the vikings liked to use. Beer mugs have thick walls (to keep your beer colder) and a handle on the side (to stop you from handling the glass and help keep your beer colder). They come in a bunch of different sizes. And are usually used for American, German, English, and Irish beers of all kinds. 

Tulip Beer Glasses

Also known as Belgian beer glasses, tulip glasses have a curvy, bulbous shape and a short stem like a wine glass. They’re designed to enhance the flavour of hoppy beers like IPAs. And they’re pretty good at giving a good head… of beer. (Minds out of the gutter!) And the steam makes you feel fancy as you swirl the glass around to kick up all the aromas. The perfect glass for winning at the pub quiz. 

Beer Boots

Ever been so desperate for that end-of-the-week pint than you’d be willing to drink it out of a boot? No? Well we don’t blame you – the essence of sweaty socks probably isn’t a good beer pairing. But drinking beer from glass boots stems from Bavarian drinking culture – some story about a general who told his army he’d drink beer out of his own boot if they were victorious. Spoiler alert: they won. And the glass boot was born. You’ll most likely find these at Oktoberfest or Christmas markets. And doesn’t do a lot for the flavour of your beer. But now you have a fun fact to share with your mates. 

Beer Tastes Better in Beavertown Glasses

So as you can see, a beer glass does more than just act as a vessel for getting beer into your mouth. A good beer glass brings the pub home… especially if you nicked it. And we happen to know that beer tastes way better from a Beavertown glass (totally scientifically proven). 

You probably already have a Beavertown glass in your cupboard. Or know someone who does. But if not:

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