Having received a bit of glassware over the holidays, my wife and I recently decided to wade through and reorganize our glass collection. (Most alcohol writers have more glassware than we know what to do with…) We’ve got three spots for glassware in the house: main section in the kitchen, a few windowed shelves in the living room (for wine glasses and snifters, so I can offset having to walk by how fancy I feel), and, thirdly, a nook for backup glassware. We did our best to Marie Kondo it up, trying to be mindful of what actually sparked joy to use.
Some stuff quickly got banished to the backup nook: hefeweizen glasses, the Spiegelau wheat beer glasses (both the shape and size of a rocket ship)… The more interesting part was what made it into the prime kitchen shelves. What was our go-to glassware we used all the time?
Here’s what those two shelves look like for us: A few thin, heavy-bottomed pilsner glasses. Two sets of glassware I designed for the comic—flexible, medium-sized wine goblets, both stemmed and stemless. A few wee and normal-sized nonics. And then the two things that I personally like drinking out of most, for different reasons. The first’s for pragmatic ones: a pair of Riedel Ouverture beer glasses, tulip-like and a perfect combo of nicely thin but thick enough that I haven’t broken them yet. The second are two small chalice glasses from Dieu du Ciel! in Montreal, for more personal reasons. Ali and I snagged these up at the brewery’s 10th anniversary party back in 2008, when we were roadtripping to the west coast. They’re a little frou-frou and fragile—but they also hit the joy button and we should use them more.
What’s your go-to piece of beer glassware? Do you tend to reach for it because of functional or personal reasons? Are you glassware ambivalent? Chime in on Twitter at @RareBeerClub.