Aside from upside down on top of a keg, I would argue that there is no wrong way to drink a beer. As long as the brew is good, I’ll take it in a tallboy or a frosty bottle or one of those tiny cañas that you get at bars in Spain. But if we’re talking about the best beer glasses for your home bar, the ones that will really let your craft beer be all it can be, there is a clear winner—Rastal’s Teku glasses.
What makes the Teku the best glass for beer?
The Teku glass was designed by Italian craft beer experts Teo Musso and Lorenzo “Kuaska” Dabove and is manufactured by the German glassware company Rastal. Here in America, we historically haven’t given much thought to our beer glassware. Shaker pints—which, from a form perspective, are essentially Solo cups, but made of glass—are ubiquitous in bars not because they’ve been designed to highlight the nuanced bouquet of an imperial stout. Rather, they’re hard to break, easy to clean, and can be stacked twenty high by a barback making the rounds after last call. Teo and Kuaska (TeKu, get it?) thought craft beers deserved better.
In a world of softly rounded tulip glasses and tall, willowy Hefeweizen glasses, the Teku is stemmed and angular, like a wine glass crossed with a witch’s cauldron. A good beer glass should trap the aroma of the beer so that when you go in for a sip, you’re smelling as well as tasting. To do this, the glass needs a body with a top that’s smaller than the base, so the aroma doesn’t leave your glass all at once. (This same logic applies to wine glasses.) You want your IPA’s notes of tropical fruit and pine needles and dank marijuana to sit at the top of the glass, not dissipate into the ether within seconds of being poured.
Then there’s the stem—same idea here as with a wine glass. I’m a slow drinker, and I’d like a perfectly chilled gose to stay that way until my glass is empty. One thing that doesn’t work in my favor? Perpetually sweaty palms. But with the Teku, I don’t have to worry about bringing my beer up to body temp because I’m only touching the stem.
Finally there’s that little lip, curving outward from the top of the glass. This is a thoughtful if not totally necessary flourish, but the slim rim of the glass nestles pleasingly along your lip when you sip—a contrast to a chunky pint glass.
Do I even need a glass?
If you’re headed to the beach or going camping or popping a Miller High Life at a backyard barbecue, no, you don’t need to bring along your fancy stemmed glassware. But pouring your beer into a glass does objectively allow you to better appreciate it. (The 14-ounce Teku is perfectly equipped to hold the contents of a 12-ounce can or bottle of beer.) You won’t be able to admire the tangerine hue of a hazy IPA through aluminum, and good luck trying to huff its juicy aroma through the mouth of the can. Drinking a great craft beer from a can is like when you hear the song of the summer blasting so loudly from a car across the street that you can hum along even though its windows are up. It’s still a banger, but wouldn’t you rather be in that car? (Don’t drink and drive.)
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