The Art of the Beer Glass

Carling revealed the purpose behind their new designed glasses is to enable people to carry four of its beers at once rather than the standard three. To be honest I’ve seen people carrying four with the old glasses so I think a lot of it is to do with how daring you are when it comes to transporting your beer.

I don’t drink Carling, although I know a lot of people that do, so haven’t had the chance to try this yet and carrying four Stella Chalices is the last thing I’m going to do as dropping them really would be a waste (We all know Stella is the king of mass produced lagers, let’s be honest). Anyway, with this in mind I thought I’d have a look at some of the more common glasses to be found in boozers over the years!

The Carling Glass

Carling Glass

To be fair, love it or hate it, the Midland’s reps its own and the Burton based, Canadian lager is consumed heavily here. That does mean that in a lot of pubs you will find Carling glasses as standard. Although this new style glass is going to no doubt take centre stage for their glasses, for me personally there is one Carling glass that will always be there best, the fat one. You know the one I mean, it kind of dips in at the sides on the lower half of the glass and came about two issues ago.

These glasses are what embody cheap lager in small local boozers with some shit quiz night on a Thursday and the old guy who’s pissed himself three weeks ago still flexing the same garms slumped in the corner. It is surely the epitome of Pre-Craft-Britain and long may it remain, forget carrying four pints lets go back to this.

The Stella Chalice

Stella Chalice

Prior to the Chalice the beer was poured into a tall glass with a slim bottom, it was nothing particularly amazing, the beer had a bit of life, the brand was advertised but it didn’t stand out. A few years late though we had the Stella Chalice and what a game changer it was.

The Stella Chalice stands out with its gold tipped rim, it’s a masterpiece of glassware giving the lager a real bit of life and a crisp white head.

The Standard Fat Pint

pint glass

One thing that stands out for the choice of glasses on offer is that once you move past the branded glasses there really isn’t a lot of effort put into the bog standard pint glass. This has remained unchanged for several years and is depressingly unimaginative. Although most pubs will now find themselves with the relevant brand glass, when you house guest ales it’s unlikely that this will happen and you will instead find this fat bodied, bulging rim glass.

The Standard Thin Bottom (Tulip Glass)

tulip pint

Shaped like a slightly disfigured microphone you’ll find this one come out the house all kinds of beer, even lagers at some gaffs. It’s probably one of the most common now thinking about it and it does lend its shape and style to several different brands, usually bitters such as Worthington’s (Although the new Worthington’s glass is suave and looks like they’ve taken their inspiration from the Guinness glass).

The Dimpled Mug


One of the most recognisable beer glasses although perhaps no longer one of the most popular this glass is the one that is constantly seen in old TV shows (Think Only Fools and Horses) and if you find a country pub or a real, real old school boozer you may find your ale is served in one still. However, for the city slicker of the modern age it’s quite probable you’ve never seen these let alone had a beer served in it, unless there’s on hanging ornamentally behind the bar next to a metal tankard.

This glass even has its own myths and legends, the reasoning for the dimples themselves. Legend has it the dimples are there to reduce the amount of glass used while others say it’s to help with the cleaning! Who knows the real reason, it could even be just to help it stand out.


There’s so many that I’ve not included and with the increase in craft beer and revival of real ales there’s several new additions with many craft beer being poured into some fancy-ass glasses all over Instagram, I think I’ll need to invest in a new one for the beer reviews.


What’s your most iconic beer glass? Leave your comments below.

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