At home I drink most of my beer in a 12oz shaker glass. In the pub I like the pint version of the same shape. It’s the straight edges which I like about it. It’s uncomplicated. At home I also alternate between two other shapes – a pint, a snifter and a flute. Those four glasses cover every beer I could possibly want to drink. One glass I never use at home is the dimpled mug.
As reported in this year’s Cask Report, there’s a retro-chic attached to real ale right now and the dimpled mug is a part of that (every other picture on the Report also shows a pint in a mug). Visually I agree that they look good (as long as there’s still a good head on it – nothing looks worse that a pint pulled square to the top of the glass with no head) but as something to drink out of I’m less convinced: I find them too big to wrap my hand around comfortably, the handle makes me clumsy (especially after a few) and they are hardly great for swirling and sniffing, are they?
The dimpled mug stands apart from the other glasses. Only real ale is ever poured into the mug, so it says that this drink is different to your mate’s lager. But does it make them cool or does it just make you stand out and look like an old man? And given a choice in a pub, would you go for the straight up pint glass or the dimpled mug?