Glassware Rental Guide
If you’ve perused our catalog – or any event rental catalog, for that matter – you’ve likely found that there’s no shortage of variety when it comes to glassware. This is simply because, as much as the ingredients used to make our favorite drinks, the size and shape of glassware affects the appearance, flavors, and aromas of the beverage it contains.
At Well Dressed Tables, we recommend choosing your appropriate glassware based on what will be served at your party. To help you, we’ve put together a guide showcasing popular glasses paired with your selected beverage.
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Pilsners are best served in the tall Pilsner or Wheat Beer (Weizen) glasses to show off their color and carbonation and to retain the fluffy foam head. Unlike the Pilsner glass, the Wheat Beer glass is slightly curved at the top to release the aromas of the beer.
The Pint glass is considered the “go-to” glass for many types of beer, and the Lager is no exception. Light in color and body, Lagers are also well-received in a Pilsner glass which, with its narrow opening, preserves its effervescence.
The popular Pint glass is ideal for serving an Indian Pale Ale (IPA). The large opening allows the hoppy aromas to enter the nose as you drink.
For fancier cocktails that have plenty of mixer and may be blended with ice, the Highball glass is a popular choice. Similar to the Highball glass with its cylindrical shape, though narrower and taller, is the Collins glass. You’ll find drinks like the Seven and Seven and Seabreeze in these tall, flat-bottomed containers.
Classic cocktails with limited ingredients such as the Old Fashioned or a scotch and soda are served in short tumblers such as the Lowball / Old Fashioned glass and Rocks glass. These drinks may have no ice or be served “on the rocks”.
When a drink is served “up” it’s mixed and chilled in a separate vessel and then strained into a martini glass. The ice doesn’t travel with the drink, so it doesn’t get watered down at all.
Red wines are big and bold, and therefore, require a larger glass for their flavors and aromas to emerge. This is especially true for full-bodied wines such as Cabernets and Merlots, which are best served in the Pure Cabernet Wine glass. Lighter, full-bodied wines like Pinot Noir are best served in shorter wine glasses such as the 10.5-ounce Vina Wine glass.
White wines are best served in glasses that are 10 to 12-ounces. Because white wine is made without the skins of the grapes, it doesn’t need as large of a bowl to release its bouquet, as does a red wine. The smaller shape also helps keep the wine chilled.