Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sam Adams Glass, Grätzer and Belgium

I've been meaning to write a little note about these new Samuel Adams glasses for awhile and now is as good a time as any. Boston Beer released these glasses in 2007 after (supposedly) painstaking scientific research on what would be the best glass for their flagship beer. I received two of the glasses as a thank you for being a founding subscriber to Beer Advocate magazine.

I don't know if all the claims and marketing are accurate but there are two great things about the glass. First, it absolutely delivers the hop aromas to your nose better than most glasses, Second, it feels great in your hand, very ergo friendly. They are great glasses for any kind of lager (even doppelbocks) and light ales and since I was short on good lager glasses, they get quite a workout at my place. Recommended.


I can't say enough about how great it is to read the beery gems mined over at Shut Up About Barclay Perkins. I have always considered myself to be fairly knowledgeable about beer styles and the history of brewing but Ron keeps digging up new styles and redefining the old ones. I'm especially enjoying the posts about the Polish style Grodziskie/Grätzer.
Looks like Tim Webb will have a new edition of the Good Guide to Belgian Beer out soon. Now I have to get the new one!


Anonymous said...

I had my local pour a Guinness into a
Samuel Adams Glass....interesting results...try it....

David said...

It is good to see that a brewer is making efforts to create glasses, much the Belgians do, to show off their beers. Question is, does it improve the flagship beer?

Like the blog :)

hrb said...

"Question is, does it improve the flagship beer?"

If for no other reason than the hops are accentuated in the nose, yes it improves the beer. Also seems to allow better head retention. They did a good job.