We're far more interested in what's inside our beer glassware than its design, but that hasn't stopped us from filling up our cabinets with all manner of serving vessels for our favorite libations. In many cases, glassware has developed in tandem with beer styles and drinking particular beers gains an added dimension when you drink the right beer out of the right glass. Though some glass designs have developed only to achieve a certain visual aesthetic there's usually more to the story. Most glassware features specific traits that highlight the unique characteristics of the beer style they were meant to hold.
The thistle glass is a variation on the tulip glass courtesy of Scotland. The glass resembles the Scottish national flower that is its namesake with a perfectly spherical bowl at the base and conical walls that extend upwards. We find tulip glasses to better impart aroma and for overall taste. Still, the thistle makes for an undeniably striking design and we're more than happy to sip a rich, malty Wee Heavy out of a thistle glass when the occasion presents itself.
What It's best for: Eyepopping presentation of Scottish beers
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