It’s not a party without a drink, and it’s not a proper drink unless it’s served in the perfect glass.

Red wine glasses tend to have larger bowls than white wine glasses allowing the different aromas from the wine to emerge. White wine glasses are generally taller and thinner, allowing them to be held by the stem. This way, your guests won’t warm their chilled wine with their hands. Other wines, like dessert wines and sparkling wines, have their own special glasses to accentuate their own flavors.

Different beers also require their own special glasses. Pint glasses for lagers and IPAs are a nice go-to, but if you’re serving something with a higher-gravity – like a Double IPA – consider a snifter. If it’s a pilsner, look for a taller glass that really lets your guests see the beautiful clarity of the beer.

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