Beer Glassware

Speiglau Glassware

The Right Glass for Your Craft Beer

Most people don’t fully understand the significance of using the right type of glassware for a particular style of beer. It’s more than just marketing at play here. The moment a beer is poured, it’s color, aroma and taste changes. To appreciate the bouquet of flavors, you must select appropriate, clean glassware. Head retention is altered by the type of glass used – a glass with a healthy head will promote a better tasting brew. Dirty glassware can ruin a perfectly poured pint.


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It’s best to stick to the simple chart I’ve posted above – the name of the game is head retention so choose wisely and enjoy a perfect pint!

Glassware choices are limited in India but  you can still find them online, some brewpubs offer glassware for sale and better yet try and pick some up from abroad, if possible. This has worked for me and I know have a growing collection. Here’s a sampling of what I currently own:

John's Beer Glassware

L to R – Mug, Mug, Pilsner, Pilsner, Hefeweizen, Wit, Irish Pint, Tulip, Balloon, Teku, Goblet.

Essential Glassware to Own:

  • Standard Mug – Any Beer
  • Pilsner – Pilsners/Lagers/Kolsch
  • Hefeweizen Glass – Wheat/Wits
  • Irish Pint Glass – IPA’s, Ales, Stouts
  • Tulip – Specialty Beers (Tripels/Dubels,Saisons), Ales
  • Balloon – Lagers, Ales
  • Teku -IPAs
  • Goblet – Belgian Speciality Beers
  • Snifter (Stronger/Robust Ales/Porters/Barley Wines)

Hold on  a minute! You’ve got the perfect brew, the perfect glass but now you’ve got to learn the art of pouring a perfect pint. If your bartender is doing it wrong, step up to the plate and show him how it’s done! Don’t settle for less. Remember the 2 finger rule – you need at least an inch of head or 2 fingers worth.

Pouring the Perfect Pint 

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Lagers, Pilsners & Ales


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Source: Heineken

Stouts – For all you Guinness lovers, this one is for you.


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Source: Guinness

Weiss Beers/Belgian Wits – Make sure you swirl that bottle to get the perfect head.


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Step 1 – The normal 45-degree pour till 3/4 full.

Step 2 – Give the bottle a swirl.

Step 3 – Pour directly over the glass.

Step 4 – (optional) – Add a slice of lemon or orange (Belgian weiss) and serve.

World Famous Beer Glass manufacturers

Sahm Toit Glass


Have you ever noticed this logo on the side of your beer glass at one of the brewpubs here or on beer branded glassware you bought or received as a promo from a brewery?

It’s from the famous German company Sahm.

Take a look at their products on their website:


Speiglau Glassware

These are definitely the best Craft Beer glasses in the market. Speigelau from Germany have 3 different types of glassware – Stout, IPA and Wit/Hefeweizen. These glasses were designed in collaboration with some of the best Craft breweries in America.

The IPA glass was designed by Sam Calagione from Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman from Sierra Nevada – two of America’s top Craft Breweries. With a wide mouth and narrow stem that has plenty of nucleation sites in the form of rings around the stem (encourages formation of bubbles/carbonation), you can be sure that this glass gives you better froth stability and ultimately enhance aromas, flavor and mouthfeel in the process.

Speigelau’s Sout and Wheat Beer glasses are equally well designed to promote optimal taste, aroma, mouthfeel and head retention.

We put the IPA glass to the test at Big Brewsky- a local brewpub. We poured an IPA into a regular Beer mug and the same batch into a Speigelau IPA glass. Using the same pour technique, we immediately found that the head on the Speigelau was more stable and we could see a lot more carbonation especially around the nucleation sites. Without a doubt, the bouquet and flavor of the IPA in the Speigelau was far superior.

Speiglau IPA

Next up the Stout glass. Once again the Speigelau glass excelled in terms of really pulling together the rich coffee, chocolate and roasted malt aromas.

Spieglau Stout

The Hefeweizen/Wit glass also worked remarkably well giving you a nice collar of foam and all the aromatics you would come to expect from a Hefeweizen/Wit.

Spieglau Wit

These glasses don’t come cheap – an assorted set of 4 glasses  will set you back Rs. 5,400. available on Amazon India. A set of 2 IPA glasses sells for around Rs. 2,830.

For wholesale enquiries, please contact Brew Nation – they distribute Speigelau in bulk for retail outlets.

If you’ve got the money, then invest in these glasses – they are truly worth the investment!

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  1. […] You pay by what you actually drink and not by the glass. Each table has its own tap system and the fun part is you get to pour your own Beer! The system maintains proper temperature for a lager – (4-7 Deg centigrade). Don’t forget the 2 fingers or an inch of Froth for that perfect pour every single time. Find out how to do that HERE. […]

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