Ok, time for a pet peeve: beer clean glassware.
We’ve chatted a bit over the past year or two about proper glassware and how it can enhance a beer style, but far too much attention is paid by many places nowadays to beer CLEAN glassware. Too often, one gets a pour with a non-existent head or perhaps big, loose bubbles…or large bubble on the side of the glass that quickly rise to the top. That’s often a sign of a dirty vessel, where dust or sediment attracts the CO2 released from the bottle or draft line.
Here’s a nice little PRIMER on the topic.
Once of the positive trends we’re seeing in tap houses is the glass rinser, such as the one pictured here. This is common in Europe, or at least in Germany, and I’m starting to see places utilize them more often on these shores. It’s a quick, easy way to remove any “gunk” or soap residue as a glass is placed upside down over the spray nozzle, which squirts a little stream of water up into the inside of the glass when pressure is applied. The water then turns off as the glass is raised and drains right back down the grates. The glass is now beer clean for the draft beverage or a bottle pour. Easy and kind of cool.
The next time you’re in your favorite watering hole, make note of the bubbles and ask yourself – particularly on the lighter beers – if you’re tasting anything that isn’t supposed to be there. It could be dirty glassware…