Besides beer, of course.
Even before I began my odyssey of beer, I loved bar ware. I liked the variety of styles and the design of the labels. Once I began to enjoy beer, I learned that the type of beer glass you choose for the beer style you are drinking really does make a difference. At least that has been my own experience, but a quick search of the Internet gives you just as many opposing view points. I enjoy bar ware for a lot of reasons.
Over the last couple of years we have put together a lovely beer glass collection. Most of them are free because one of our local bars has Pint Night event weekly. There you can get a free glass for the beer of the month with purchase of said beer, while supplies last.
The first beer glass in our collection was actually for the British beer, Boddingtons. My husband began to drink Boddingtons and since it is sold in the pub cans, he wanted to drink it from the proper glass once it was poured. They are a tulip pint glass which is also used often for Guinness (which we also have).
Chimay glasses. The goblet style is intended for heavy Belgian beers which are usually sipped more like wine.
Lambics. While I can't drink them often any more because they are crazy sweet, they were a reasonable introduction to beer. I got a set of lambic glasses for Christmas one year. The style is intended to maximize the fruit aromas and flavors.
That is when I started to learn more about how beer glasses affect the way the beer is experienced. One of the most interesting glass styles we found were designed for Samuel Adams brewery.
Wheat beers are also served in a different style of glass. We have Paulaner and Warsteiner glasses. They are narrow at the bottom with a wider mouth and are usually larger to make room for the fluffy, creamy head a good wheat beer should have.
I also enjoy collecting beer glasses from local breweries that I enjoy. First, it is great to support the local beer industry where you live but also it is a cool keep sake if you eventually find yourself out of that area. We spend a lot of time in Asheville North Carolina so we are starting our NC Brewery glass collection.
Red Brick Brewery glass with the US map indicating "Us" and "You All". The ones you can't see as well are Terrapin Brewery out of Athens and Sweetwater which is here in the city.
Great Decatur Beer Festival. We enjoy attending that with some friends every year. Collecting these glasses is sentimental.
Canada Day Celebration with a friend of ours who is Canadian. Each year they give out beer glasses, which supplies last.
PS: Check out the awesome hand knit beer hat that I used in my photo vignette. It was made for me by a dear friend for the Decatur Beer Festival. I hope to share more about it. Perhaps I can encourage her to share it in a guest post.