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Title: OT: Where can I find affordable beer glasses?
Post by: arsenal610 on June 01, 2011, 11:36:57 PM
I didn't know where else to post this in the forum.  I hope I'm not breaking any rules. If so, please move or lock it up.


All I have right now is Pint and Mug. For now, I want to get a Goblet,Pilsner and Weizen Glass.

Anybody know of good websites/stores I could find affordable beer glasses?

Also, I’m a beginner when it comes to beer tasting, so any other recommendations on what type of beer glasses a beginner should always have handy would be appreciated.

Thank you!
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Post by: EHall on June 02, 2011, 12:13:40 AM
beer glasses?! just head down to the local bar, drink yourself silly then go for the most beautiful woman in the room!
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Post by: Hokerer on June 02, 2011, 12:23:32 AM
I got a set of tasting glasses from here and was pretty happy with them...

http://www.superprod.com/nav/p/category/bar/glasses/r/style+-+type/beer+glass/n/4294967214.do?sortby=ourPicks&page=all (http://www.superprod.com/nav/p/category/bar/glasses/r/style+-+type/beer+glass/n/4294967214.do?sortby=ourPicks&page=all)
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Post by: tygo on June 02, 2011, 02:00:03 AM
I haven't ordered from this place yet but I've got my eye on a couple things when the funds become available:

http://www.webstaurantstore.com/4653/beer-glasses.html

Title: Re: OT: Where can I find affordable beer glasses?
Post by: arsenal610 on June 02, 2011, 08:04:56 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check them out.  For now, my pint and mug glass will be my only options.
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Post by: gymrat on June 02, 2011, 05:54:03 PM
I got a lot of really nice glasses from Bed Bath and Beyond on the cheap.
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Post by: Slowbrew on June 02, 2011, 05:59:13 PM
World Market always has a wide selection at fairly reasonable prices.

Paul
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Post by: theoman on June 02, 2011, 06:12:12 PM
Maybe not the cheapest, but Crate & Barrel has some decent glasses.
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Post by: richardt on June 02, 2011, 06:16:08 PM
If you're not picky about having matching glasses, then you can often find surplus Libbey barware and glasses at stores like Marshalls, Ross, and TJ Maxx.  It is kind of hit-or-miss, so it takes some time to accumulate the various glasses in the quantities that you may need.
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Post by: morticaixavier on June 02, 2011, 07:48:19 PM
beer glasses?! just head down to the local bar, drink yourself silly then go for the most beautiful woman in the room!

no no those are beer GOGGLES, close though


to the OP, don't forget garage sales, first round should be coming up pretty soon.

Personaly I use either a pint glass or a mug for drinking and a wine glass for tasting. Get the biggest red wine glass you can find. It concentrates the aroma nicely and the shape gives you a range of depths to check out color, clarity ect.

Title: Re: OT: Where can I find affordable beer glasses?
Post by: arsenal610 on June 02, 2011, 10:30:29 PM
Love the suggestions. Definitely going to checkout those places you guys have mentioned.   
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Post by: tonyp on June 03, 2011, 01:21:33 AM
I would check your local Dollar Store, I've found 3 types of beer glasses there and I've been really happy with them, all Libby Glasses too!

This is the store we have locally (http://www.dollartree.com)

I picked up a big mug, a stout glass and a belgian curved goblet-type glass so far. They also always have some wacky glasses too like the green coca-cola replicas and glasses shaped like cans.

Cheers!
Tony
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Post by: jaybeerman on June 03, 2011, 03:48:36 AM
http://www.pubglasses.com/ (http://www.pubglasses.com/)

I don't think the glassware was TOP quality but it was cheap.  Every now and then they have clearance items for way cheap.

A few months back I was at a liquor store that I don't frequent that much, in the back they had the sam adams perfect pints for 99 cents a piece.  woohoo!
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Post by: thomasbarnes on June 03, 2011, 05:30:00 AM
Find your local HB club. Join. Make it known that you're looking for glassware. Politely turn down 90 of the 100 offers you get to take glassware off peoples' hands.

Alternately, haunt Goodwill and other thrift stores.They're not so good for specialty beer glasses, but are very good for wine glasses and brandy snifters, as long as you don't mind mismatched glasses. Occasionally, you'll luck out and find an old style pilsnener flute, although it probably will advertise a brand of beer you'd never willingly drink.

I haven't done it, but I'd also imagine that flea markets and Craig's List might be good sources to get cheap glassware.

My "go to" beer glasses are:

1) Sam Adams "nonick" glasses. I like these because they're a good compromise between the standard shaker glass and a weizen "vase", fit nicely in my hand, and have etched nucleation points which helps head development. Sometimes these are given away by SA brewery reps at events. If you see them in your local good beer bar, you might also be able to sweet talk the management into giving or selling you a couple.

2) An assortment of 2-oz taster glasses. Nice for when you want to do parallel tastings, share out beer samples among friends, or if you're wanting to practice BJCP-style beer judging. Also good for HB club meetings when you don't want to drink too much. I've gotten way too many of these by volunteering at/attending beer festivals over the years.

3) An assortment of 6-8 oz. taster glasses. Ditto.

4) 6 or 8 oz. stemmed tulip glass. Good for bigger, fuller-bodied beers where you don't want a full serving, or for splitting a bottle of beer with a friend. The bell helps retain aroma and head. A friend of mine uses a small (4-6 oz.) spirit snifter as his preferred testing glass for this reason.

5) 12-16 oz. brandy snifter, goblet or tulip glass. Good for Belgian strongs, Berlinerweisse, Saisons and other aromatic, big-headed beers. These are commonly used to serve Abbey/Trappist beers in good beer bars. Again, you might be able to sweet talk the management in to giving/selling you one or two. Some champagne glasses you see in stores might also fit the bill.

6) 16 oz. hefeweizen glasses. Good for all beers with big frothy heads, not just hefe.

7) 12 oz. lidded ceramic "maas" mug. Mine was originally sold by Avon and had aftershave in it. I bought it at a flea market (sans aftershave) years ago. Good for outdoor drinking when I don't want critters or gunk in my beer. I just wish I could find more like it.

Everything else just gathers dust, or sits in the china cabinet because it looks pretty.
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Post by: arsenal610 on June 04, 2011, 04:03:02 AM
Just an update. Went to the thrift store today and got a brandy snifter. I saw a Glencairn glass, but didn’t get it. It looked cool, but I wasn’t sure if it was great for beer. Anybody know anything about this glass? Can you use it for beer? I know you are suppose to use it for whiskey.
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Post by: tumarkin on June 04, 2011, 10:43:44 AM
go back and get it! the Glencairn glass is a great whisky glass and would work fine as a small tasting glass for beer. the idea is that (like a brandy snifter) the bulb shape concentrates the volatile aromas.
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Post by: arsenal610 on June 04, 2011, 10:02:05 PM
go back and get it! the Glencairn glass is a great whisky glass and would work fine as a small tasting glass for beer. the idea is that (like a brandy snifter) the bulb shape concentrates the volatile aromas.

I ended up going back and getting it :)
Title: Re: OT: Where can I find affordable beer glasses?
Post by: arsenal610 on June 04, 2011, 10:02:35 PM
k, so I want to use this brandy snifter, but all I have right now is a wheat beer(Harpoon white ufo).

I make videos on youtube reviewing beers. Would I look like an idiot using a brandy snifter for a wheat beer?
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Post by: thomasbarnes on June 04, 2011, 11:16:06 PM
I make videos on youtube reviewing beers. Would I look like an idiot using a brandy snifter for a wheat beer?

Only if you think you'd look like an idiot doing it. A small brandy snifter is a great beer tasting glass because the bowl concentrates head and aroma. Just work on your swirl and sniff technique so you emulate this guy:

   http://www.beerhunter.com/index-new.html

and not a 12 year-old huffing paint thinner. :)
Title: Re: OT: Where can I find affordable beer glasses?
Post by: arsenal610 on June 08, 2011, 11:48:40 PM
Picked this up from the dollar store today.

(http://i54.tinypic.com/2zxxbon.jpg)
Would you call this a pilsner or a pint glass? Or something else?


I did a google image search, to find something that looks similar and I found something called the milk shake pilsner glass.

Here: http://beergeekshop.com/the-milkshake-pilsner-p-39.html
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Post by: tygo on June 09, 2011, 11:00:27 AM
Looks like a nice all-purpose glass that'll work well for a variety of brews.
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Post by: arsenal610 on June 09, 2011, 09:44:58 PM
Looks like a nice all-purpose glass that'll work well for a variety of brews.

Thanks for the response.  It seems like it's not really called anything specific.  I drank a witbier out of it last night and enjoyed it.  I guess that's all that matters!
Title: Re: OT: Where can I find affordable beer glasses?
Post by: thomasbarnes on June 13, 2011, 09:20:13 AM
Would you call this a pilsner or a pint glass? Or something else?

Technically, it's only a pint glass if it holds at least a pint :)

I'd call it a variant on the no-nick pint glass.