February 15, 2013 by 250 Beers
Last Thursday, 7th February, saw the launch of a beer glass specifically designed for one of my favourite types of beer – IPA.
The world’s oldest glass manufacturer, Spiegelau, along with significant input from US craft brewing giants Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head (both renowned IPA brewers), launched their latest vessel to a bunch of beer buffs at a function in New York.
The IPA glass is the newest release in Spiegelau’s ‘Beer Classics’ range. It becomes the fifth in the suite along with their 500ml Wheat Beer, 400ml Stemmed Pilsner, 330ml Tall Pilsner and 500ml Lager glasses.
A quote from Spiegelau’s website reads:
“Designed to showcase the complex and alluring aromatic profiles of American “hop-forward” IPA beers, preserve a frothy head, enhance taste and mouthfeel, and present a comfortably wide opening for the drinker to savor each beer, Spiegelau’s latest design is the go-to vessel for enjoying IPA beers.”
The obviously written by a marketing department press-release that accompanied the launch attributes the wide mouth of the glass to allow the drinker to get their nose right in there (my words, not theirs) and the bow is there to let the pungent whiffs of the hops ‘billow from within’. The actual glass itself is thin to ‘maintain a better temperature’ and as much as you’d think that the bottom half of the glass has been designed with grip in mind, Dogfish Head claim that it’s there to help aerate the beer whilst drinking. Cool. I guess.
I was sceptical of its appearance at first but like any beer-drinking human being, the more I looked at it, the more intrigued I became. You can’t blame me and, if it’s the first time you’ve seen the glass, I bet you’re a little bit doubtful too.
Many beer drinkers couldn’t give a damn about what type of glass they pour their beer into as long as it’s, well, a glass. I was like that once however, since I resigned from solely drinking commercial/mainstream beer, my appreciation for a glass made especially for the type of beer that I’m drinking has grown.
For example, I now understand the need for a tulip-shaped glass for Belgian ales, stouts and porters. The wide mouth allows those aromas and flavours to be set free. I get why drinking a pilsner from a tall, slim glass enhances hoppy bitterness. I’ll stop there because I’m beginning to sound like a brochure.
One glass that I always keep close by when entertaining at home is this one…
…because you just never know when a guest is going to request a pint of horse urine and it’s my desire to accomodate such a request with approriate glassware.
Spiegelau say that their new IPA glasses will hit Australian shores mid-2013. One will be landing on my doorstep (softly I hope) and I’ll follow this post up with a review as soon as it arrives.
The question is…which lucky Aussie IPA shall I let test-drive my new glass?