|Left to right: tall Pilsner, lager, wheat beer glass, and stemmed Pilsner. And the "Joker" in the bottom left.|
The Spiegelau rep began with a (too) lengthy explanation about why glassware matters. Thin, tightly compacted glass is key to holding carbonation and an even temperature; cheap, porous glass seeps out temperature and carbonation like a sieve. The thinness of the glass and the unique lip of Spiegelau also allows for the beer to bypass the tip of the tongue and splash directly in the middle of the palate; in comparison, a pint inundates the mouth with a deluge and the body’s natural reaction is to lift the tongue and block the intrusion thus the beer is delivered under the tongue rather than on top. The bulbous silhouette of Spiegelau also does much to trap aroma and, because aroma and flavor are so closely tied, enhance flavor.
|The author & his friend since kindergarten (I'm not referring to the beer this time).|
|No sign can tell me what to do!|