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Here's why your beer glass is shaped that way
By Troy Reimink, BarFly/HopCat Webmaster | October 26, 2017
Glasses

If you’re a relative newcomer to craft beer, you might have wondered why some kinds of beers come in “normal”-looking pint glasses, and others are…different. Snifters. Tulips. Mini snifters. Flutes. Vases. And so forth.

 Our beer menus contain an infographic which type of beer is served in each different glass. But our servers will occasionally get confused looks when a sour or extra-hoppy beer is delivered in a tulip.  We’re not passing judgement on you in any sense by implying that you should drink out of a fancy-looking chalice or goblet. It’s just that not every beer belongs in the same container. 

The knowledgeable people at CraftBeer.com have put together a set of graphics that offer a useful primer in glassware for the craft beer drinker. [Click here to read.]

A few takeaways: 

- The shape of the glass is important for the containment of foam and concentration of the various aromas and flavors that vary by the style of beer.

- Ideally, the only craft beer you should be drinking out of a “regular” pint glass – a.k.a. a Nonic pint – is something dark (a stout or porter) or something bitter and hoppy (pale ale or IPA).

- The tulip is great anything tart, sour, hoppy or fruity – it signals a bold flavor, pretty much.

- If your glass is cold, something is wrong. Beer glasses of any shape should be stored at room temperature. Anything colder will negatively impact the flavor – no matter what the bartender pulling mass-produced beer into a frosted mug tells you.

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HopCat GR's 'unicorn' beers for Wood & Wild
Rick Martinez, HopCat Grand Rapids Beer Program Manager | October 19, 2017
Wood & Wild, Barrel-Aged

We're counting down the days, hours and minutes until the Wood & Wild Festival, taking place Oct. 22 at every HopCat. In anticipation, we're checking in with our expert beer managers for suggestions about amazing things to try at each of our locations. Today we hear from HopCat Grand Rapids beverage guru Rick Martinez, who suggests a few "unicorns" - beers so epic and legendary they defy comprehension - that will be available at the GR event:

•2016 Rodenbach Alexander:
Brewed only once since 1999, this Sour Flanders Red is one of the world’s most highly coveted beers.
 

•2015 Perrin Brewing Company No Rules:
Perrin’s No Rules Vietnamese Porter ranks in the top 0.0016% out of 60,000 beers in the world. This 15% Imperial Porter was made with coconut and turbinado sugar then laid down and aged in bourbon barrels for several months.

• Speciation Artisan Ales Black Currant Incipient:
Speciation has been one of the top-rated breweries in the world since jumping onto the scene this year; the Black Currant Incipient proves why. This Golden Sour’s brewed with pilsner malt, oats, and wheat with loads of black currant added to dominant the flavor.

• Odd Side Ales Double Oaked Hipster Brunch Stout:
A new twist on a local legend, Hipster Brunch. There are so few of these barrels in existence, very few will ever see it on tap…except for us, of course. We always get the best for you.

•2016 Arclight Brewing Company Soursmith Cherry:
Soursmith Kriek Cherry won the gold medal at the 2016 Festival of Barrel Aged Beers in the Wild/Sour Beer (Fruit) category.

• Witch's Hat Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Cookies and Cream Night Fury:
While all of the beers on our W&W list are rare, this may be the rarest. It's seldom seen outside of their tap room.

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Unicorn beers to try at HopCat Detroit's Wood & Wild
Justin Hamilton, HopCat Detroit Beer Program Manager | October 19, 2017
Wood & Wild

Unicorn: a beer so rare, the only ones to try it are your “friend of a friend…of a friend…who knew a guy who tried it once." Now all those beers are here under one roof as we gear up . Taste the legend this weekend at Wood & Wild 2017 - HCD (all day Sun., Oct. 22). Here are a few highlights hand-selected by HopCat Detroit's Beer Program Manager, Justin Hamilton:

• Perrin Brewing Company Malted Milk Ball Imperial Porter - Perrin hasn't released it in several years and it’s one of their most revered beers, scoring a 4.4 on Beer Advocate. I'm also a big fan of Whoppers (the candy…but also the sandwich), so if this tastes as much like the candy as they say it does, then the wait has been worth it.

• Odd Side Ales Nightman Leaveth - Who can resist a great "It's Always Sunny..." reference? Coupled with the fact that it’s an Imperial Rye Milk Stout aged in Rye Whiskey barrels with Vanilla Beans, I’m dying to get this one pouring. It’s 11% though, so be careful. Savor it.

 
 
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