Without properly caring for your beer glasses, you won’t be able to taste the beer correctly, or how the brewery had intended it to taste. To get the most out of your beer, we’ll tell you exactly how you can properly clean your beer glasses below!
The term beer clean is commonly used in the industry to describe a glass that is free of any residue, fragrance, oil, or other contaminants that give CO2 a place to cling to. The Brewer’s Association Draught Beer Quality Manual (DBQM) defines a beer clean glass as one that: "Forms a proper foam head, allows lacing during consumption, and never shows patches of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass in the liquid beer." If this concept is new to you, no need to worry, we’ll teach you how to clean beer glasses below!
To ensure you have beer clean glasses, make sure they are used specifically for beer, no juices, milk, or soda should be served in beer glasses to prevent any residue from building up.
To check how well you are actually cleaning your branded beer glasses, here are some quick tests you can do:
Dip the glass you are testing in some water, if the glass is clean the water will evenly coat it, if it isn’t fully clean, the water will break up into droplets on the inside of the glass.
In order to use the salt test, sprinkle some salt on the inside of a wet glass, if the glass is clean it will have salt covering every inch of the glass, if there is an invisible film, it will not stick to those certain areas.
Fill a glass with beer, pour out a bit to the foam settle, if it creates parallel rings it is clean, if not, you’ll need to re-clean the glass.
Now that you have learned how to properly clean your drinkware, you can avoid compromising the taste, aroma, or carbonation of your beer, and drink it the way it was intended. Enjoy!