Sam Adams Pint Glass

Ok, they’re maybe a little goofy looking when you first see one but they’re actually very cool. I first saw one at a restaurant that a friend of mine owns. He explained that they were a unique design that Samuel Adams worked on which was supposed to bring out the full flavor of the beer. I ended up doing some website work for him and instead of getting paid, I did a trade for some of these pint glasses. I’m glad I did.

I used them the other night and a friend of mine also liked them. I decided I’d hop online and try to find out the real story behind these Sam Adams pint glasses and here’s what I found:

“It’s been a personal passion of mine to develop a beer glass that elevates the craft beer drinking experience” said Jim Koch, founder and brewer of Samuel Adams. “We wanted to create a glass that offers beer lovers a full sensory drinking experience by fully showcasing Samuel Adams Boston Lager’s complex balance of malt and hop flavors. This glass achieves that mission.”

Tiax, the world-renowned sensory experts, worked closely with Jim to identify and evaluate the functional design features needed in a glass to showcase the key attributes of Samuel Adams Boston Lager®. The key requirements for the perfect glass for Samuel Adams Boston Lager included: delivering sweetness from the malt; maximizing the hops aroma and flavor; maintaining the ideal temperature; supporting a rich and creamy head; and sustaining the right amount of carbonation.

sam-adams-pint-glassThat was from the Sam Adams website. Here’s another:

A detailed look at the Sam Adams beer glass (

He points out that the top of the glass is a tulip shape, much like a traditional Belgian beer glass, which concentrates the aroma for the drinker. The rim of the glass turns outward which creates turbulence as the beer passes over it.

In addition, the bottom of the glass is scored, which creates a nucleation point. The beer sloshing over the depressions etched by a laser releases bubbles of carbonation which rise to the top of the glass, delivering more aroma to the drinker. If you look at the glass from the bottom, you can see a ring of bubbles flowing upward from the scoring, he said.

I looked; it’s true.

Oh yes, the lower half of the glass is narrow, which makes it easy for the beer drinker to hold. Most of the beer is in the tulip-shaped bowl at the top, so your hands won’t warm the beer too much.

“It a glass designed specially for Sam Adams Boston Lager,” Wood said.

And another:

Sam Adams unveils ultimate beer glass (

According to the company, the new Samuel Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass is the first glass specifically designed to showcase beer as brewers intended.

One feature of the new glass is a neck-and-lip design that “helps sustain the head of the beer, which enhances the release of signature Noble hop aromas found in Samuel Adams Boston Lager,” the company said.

Pretty cool… I didn’t know how a glass was shaped could change the flavor or something.

And I found you can also order custom pint glasses. This would be cool if you brewed your own beer at home.