Aside from being upside down on a barrel, I would argue that there is no wrong way to have a beer. As long as The brew is goodI put it in a big boy or a frosty bottle or one of those tiny cañas you get in bars in Spain. But when we talk about the best beer glasses for your home bar that really make your craft beer as good as possible, there is one clear winner – Rastals Teku glasses.
Teku beer glasses (pack of 6)
What makes the Teku the best glass for beer?
The Teku glass was designed by the Italian craft beer experts Teo Musso and Lorenzo “Kuaska” Dabove and is manufactured by the German glassware company Rastal. Here in America, historically, we haven’t thought much about our beer glasses. Shaker pints – from a formal point of view essentially solo cups, but made of glass – are ubiquitous in bars, not because they are supposed to highlight the nuanced bouquet of an empire stout. Rather, they’re hard to break, easy to clean, and can be stacked high by a barback 20 that does the rounds after the last call. Teo and Kuaska (TeKu, got it?) Thought craft beers deserved better.
In a world of softly rounded tulip glasses and tall, willow-like Hefeweizen glasses, the Teku is stalked and angular like a wine glass that is crossed with a cauldron. A good beer glass should capture the aroma of the beer so that you can both smell and taste it with one sip. To do this, the glass needs a body with a top that is smaller than the base so that the aroma doesn’t leave your glass all at once. (The same logic applies to Wine glasses.You want the IPA notes of tropical fruits, pine needles, and damp marijuana to sit on top of the glass and not dissolve into the ether within seconds of pouring it.
This is fruity beer! No wine!
Then there is the stem – the same idea as a wine glass. I drink slowly and I want a perfectly chilled gose to stay that way until my glass is empty. One thing that doesn’t work in my favor? Always sweaty palms. But with the Teku, I don’t have to worry about getting my beer up to body temperature because I just touch the stem.
Finally, there is this little lip that curves outward from the top of the glass. This is a thoughtful, if not strictly necessary, flourish, but the sleek rim of the glass hugs your lip comfortably when you sip a sip – a contrast to a chunky pint glass.
Do I even need a glass?
If you go to the beach, go camping, or attend a Miller High Life with a BBQ, you don’t need to bring fancy stemmed glasses. However, if you pour your beer into a glass, you can objectively assess it better. (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 tease it juicy Aroma by the mouth of the can. Drink a great craft beer From a can it is like hearing the song of summer from a car on the other side of the street so loud that you can hum along even though the windows are high. It’s still a blast, but wouldn’t you prefer to sit in that car? (Don’t drink and drive.)