What the Glass Beer Mug Means To Us!

At its purest form the beer mug is a symbol for good times. We have all been there. The local pub, six pm on a Friday afternoon. Everyone just finished up a long week of work. The stragglers are just shuffling in the door clamoring at the bar to get their drinks. Once everyone has their mugs in hand the good times begin. I do not want to be mistaken; I do not mean everyone is getting drunk and sloppy. This is all about finally being able to joke with each other, good wholesome laughter and a time without E Mails, meetings and deadlines.

These times are some of the most basic of good times. Its times like that when the problems of the world melt away and they only thing that matters is what is going on right in front of you.

Another situation that outlines the power of the beer mug is the summer backyard gathering. More often than not these gathering are impromptu and not planned. Someone may have a few left over burger and hot dogs, someone else may have a few beers in the fridge, one other person may have some other BBQ elements and all of a sudden everyone is having a blast. The radio is playing your favorite tunes and that laughter is back. Maybe just maybe the host suddenly remembers the few beer mugs that are in the freezer just waiting for a time just like this.

Where I come from we have a phrase; “Porch Beers”. This is a phenomenon among a group of friends. On any given weekend day someone just needs to make the “Porch Beer” call and everyone is flocking over. We sit on the porch, laugh and joke about the past week and just enjoy our time together. We have even established a tradition of only drinking out of our own personalized beer mugs.

How often has the glorious beer mug been present in life’s major events? These celebrations such as a graduation or wedding or promotion all are usually celebrated with good beer. Have you even gone to a wedding that did not have a bar?

The beer mug is a symbol of good times. It is a way of life. Too often do people get so caught up in the routine of life that they don’t stop and appreciate the idea of life. So grab your friends and you mug and enjoy life!

Beer Mugs and Glasses

Using the proper beer glassware can make all the difference when enjoying your favorite brew. Most people associate beer glasses with just the common pint glass or beer mug. There is a whole world of different glasses for beer out there for each type of beer.  One other thing to keep in mind is some breweries actually make glasses specifically for the different beers they brew. Here you can find a basic idea of which beer glasses to use for which beer.

Mug or Stein
This drinking vessel is usually thick, sturdy and has a handle. The sizes can vary but most sill stick to the same basic shape.  This beer glass is most commonly seen in a local pub and usually can be heard being hit together for cheers. The Steins are usually made of stone or metal and have little lids that go over the mouth of the mug.  This lid was developed during the Black Plague as a preventive measure for not allowing flies to fall into the beer.

Pint Glass (Tumbler)
This glass is almost cylindrical in shape and usually tapers wider towards the top of the glass. The bottom is usually a think solid glass base. The Pint Glass is probably the most common of glassware next to the mug.  It is commonly used to serve drought beers in the U.S.A. This beer glass is usually 14 ounces but is known to come in a 20 ounce version to allow room for more head. Most light beers and ales are served in this glass.

Pilsner Glass
This beer glass is slender and tall. It opens more towards the top to allow for better head development.  It is commonly referred to as being shaped like a trumpet.  This glass provides a clear view to the beer so the drinker can enjoy the color and clarity of the beer. This glass is commonly used to serve a ale or lager.

Goblet
The goblet is a very diverse piece of glassware.  It can be plain glass or it can be ordained with silver or gold trim around the rim. It is a sturdy and often thick glass piece. It has a base which leads to a stem and then the cupped glass top which holds the beer. This beer glass is commonly used to serve IPAs or more fragrant ales.

Weizen Glass (Wheat Beer Glass)
This glass as you can guess is usually used to serve wheat beers.  The glass is somewhat similar to the pilsner glass but has a more open bottom.  The base of this glass is often thick glass to support the rest of the tall glass. It helps to convey the often fruity and floral fragrance of wheat beers.  The most common beer served in this glass is Blue Moon. This glass as you can guess is usually used to serve wheat beers.  The glass is somewhat similar to the pilsner glass but has a more open bottom.  The base of this glass is often thick glass to support the rest of the tall glass. It helps to convey the often fruity and floral fragrance of wheat beers.  The most common beer served in this glass is Blue Moon.