When it comes to serving beers, it is fair to say that the UK has a long way to go. In the past it was perhaps a given that beer was there to be drunk in quantities, the shape or size of glass didn’t matter other than it had to be a pint. This view is still widely held.
We at Ridgeway believe that enjoyment of beer should come from not just the taste but also from the smell and the appearance of the beer. As with food, presentation is important to the overall experience and how the beer is served deserves attention.
Before you start thinking of what glass to use, it’s best to think of what the occasion is. Is food and drink the main focus or is it there as a background to other things going on?
A summer’s BBQ with friends? Drinking directly from the bottle, especially if it’s a 330ml bottle, is perfectly fine. It’s easy and makes the subsequent washing up a non-event. Plus there is no danger of losing your glass again and again…
A dinner party where beer is paired with food in a similar way to food/wine pairing? Or a quiet night in watching a good film/TV? This occasion definitely merits beer being served in glasses…. It’s perfectly OK to use your imagination. We recommend drinking anything stronger than 6% from a stemmed red wine style glass. Others may have other preferences. The stronger the beer, the smaller the glass. And it’s OK to share a bottle between two or three of you. This way you can have fresh, chilled beer at all times.
Would you ever serve yourself a ½ pint of wine in a beaker? Possibly not. Why do this with beer? A 10% Imperial Russian Stout, complementing a desert or a cheese course, should be served in a size of no more than a large wine glass. I personally preferred it served in a stemmed medium size glass of cca 200ml. You’ll enjoy the taste more and your head will thank you in the morning…..
Please let us know on our FB page your favourite ways to serve beer and have it served to you.