The Beer Anorak glass - a little review…
I’m not sure I’ve ever actually reviewed a wine glass, let alone a beer glass but you can’t live in your comfort zone forever can you?!
As many people willl hopefully by now know Jamie Goode (wine writer and wine judge) and Daniel Primack (of Eurocave UK and glassware expert) have recently formed “Beer Anorak”, a blog featuring their reviews of, well, beers (mainly craft ales). Not content with that though they also decided to design their own glass. As you do.
Keen to try out their creation I sat down recently with three different glasses and a few ales. Truth be told I’ve had worse evenings…. Two of the glasses I’ve used for craft ales for a while, my old trusty Spiegelau beer glass and the Olly Smith glass by Zalto which is intended as a universal wine glass but works well with craft ale. For the purposes of variety I then decided to add a traditional pint glass too.
For the beers I decided to stick to beers I’m used to drinking to aid my experiment. The first was the Beavertown Gamma Ray (an American pale ale which I’ve been drinking lots of late) and then also a Brewdog Punk IPA on the basis that it’s a bit of a stock ale (thanks to its easy availability) and I know the taste well.
The pint glass was very quickly discarded. The ale seemed limp compared to the others. One down. Next to go was the Olly Smith glass which for some reason seemed to mute slightly the flavour of the ales and just doesn’t sit as well in your hand when filled with beer as the others do. It took me a while to then determine that on balance I’d pluck for the Beer Anorak glass over the Spiegelau. The flavours are more pronounced (without being overly so) and it feels great to hold. It also looks brilliant. I don’t understand quite how but the ale looked much more vibrant in the Beer Anorak glass too.
There is a price difference, The Spiegelau glasses retail at £30 for 4 whilst the Beer Anorak glass will set you back £25. Given how pricey properly good craft ales can be though surely it makes sense to treat them to the best possible vessel to find their way to your mouth and increase your enjoyment of them.
The Beer Anorak glass is therefore heartily recommended. Available from www.aroundwine.co.uk.