Frozen glasses are not cool!

May 13, 2014


Everyone out there has a “pet peeve,” the thing that makes them irrationally angry when other people seem to hardly notice. For some people, nails on a chalkboard is the worst thing that can happen around them; for others, it might be the stranger that lets a door slam in your face. Well here’s ours: frozen glassware.

You know how it goes. You’re a craft beer lover and you stumble upon a new beer that you have yet to try, so you find a spot at the bar and order one with a child-like grin on your face, this is better than Christmas. Then, your heart starts to break as you look over to see the bartender pouring that heaven sent IPA into a frozen glass. If you’re really into beer, you have two choices: You either look like a jerk and ask the bartender pour you a new beer into a room temperature glass, or you suck it up and drink your beer with subtle disappointment.

Every day people are becoming more and more educated on craft beer, but the world is still full of light beer drinkers who want to have those ice rings floating in their glass. You might know the intricacies behind proper beer service, but there are many people out there who don’t. Take a look at some of the advice from the experts and help spread the wealth of knowledge of this basic step to enjoying more of the flavors that your beer has to offer.

frosted glassware

“Frozen glasses result in ice crystals that cause foaming problems during filling. If you chill your beer glasses, be sure to avoid frosting. And beer served at near-frozen temperatures blinds the taste experience (taste buds are “numbed,” resulting in a bland taste experience) in comparison with beer served at recommended temperatures.”
Draught Beer Quality Manual

“In a freezer, frost picks up the flavors of other things in the freezer, or in the air which can get into the beer. Don’t believe me? Chip some frost off the wall of your freezer and melt it in a glass and drink it. When serving craft beers, a room temperature glass is always more desirable.”
– Joe Katchever, Founder & Brewmaster at Pearl Street Brewery

It’s more than just glasses too, the beer itself has a small window of the temperature it should be served at for proper consumption (depending on beer style). According to The Brewers Association, between 40 – 50°F is a very common temperature for many styles of beer. Anything colder is typically a temperature that you would like to serve a beer that you would not like to actually taste. Warmer beer temperatures bring out desired flavors in your beers.

Need more convincing? Check out this video by The Brewers Association about frozen glassware.

The truth is: your beer doesn’t have to be as cold as the Rockies! Try throwing out that frozen mug and replacing it with a room temperature glass and notice the flavors that come out in your beer. After we master this, we can move on and master the proper glass style for serving.