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MASTER CICERONE guide


Raising the Bar The Master Cicerone program is about growing the knowledge of our friends in the hospitality and retail industries, so that they—in turn—educate the consumer. To literally & figuratively raise the bar, & along with it the expectation that any server, bartender, retailer or manager has in himself, & his team. We invite you to check out our other booklets on: + Beer Styles + Beer Flavor and Evaluation + Beer Ingredients and Brewing Processes + Pairing Beer with Food

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Weissbier ‘Vase’ This tall, sloping glass is a traditional German favorite for weissbiers or wheat beers. They have a wide mouth to contain a generous head of foam. When the glass is tipped back, the additional of air increases the amount of pleasant clove or banana aromas that characterize wheat beers. Suggested Beer Styles + Weissbiers + Wheat Beers + Bavarian Hefeweisse + Classic Lagers + Munich Dunkel + Other Ales & Hybrids

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Classic Pilsner Flute This is a tall, slender glass that some people confuse with a champagne flute. The conical shape helps maintain the pilsner’s pillowy head while offering a wonderful view of the sparkling clarity of this-lager style beer. The narrow design brings aromas to your nose as you tip the glass back for a sip. Suggested Beer Styles + English, Irish & Scottish Ales + Scotch Ale + Other Ales & Hybrids + Berliner Weisse + KÜlsch + Dusseldorfer Altbier + Cream Ale + California Common Beer + Classic Lagers + Bohemian Pilsner + German Pilsner + Dortmunder Export

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Small Tulip or Snifter The snifter glass is most commonly associated with digestif beverages such as bourbon and brandy. However, it can be a great craft beer glass for certain types of ale. The large, round bottom is designed to increase the heat transfer from your hand, thus warming the beer. The top tapers inward trapping aromas. Very strong beers—over 8 percent alcohol—are best-suited for this type of glassware. Suggested Beer Styles + English, Irish & Scottish Ales + Russian Imperial Stout + Strong Ale + Old Ale + English-Style Barleywine + American Ales + Imperial or Double IPA + American Barleywine + Belgian & French Ales + Belgian Strong Dark + Classic Lagers + Doppelbock

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American ‘Shaker’ Pint This glass is what most people think of as the traditional pint glass. It’s easy to stack and clean and is inexpensive to produce. The wide mouth promotes easy sipping, but aroma and flavor are diminished with this type of glass. It is commonly used to serve light American lagers. Suggested Beer Styles + American Ales + Amber Ale + Red Ale + Other Ales & Hybrids + American Wheat Ale + Classic Lagers + American Amber Lager

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Irish Imperial Pint The Irish Imperial pint glass features a wide mouth tapering down to a small base. This glass is similar, but slightly different, to the British-style Imperial pint glass. The small surface area where it’s gripped decreases the amount of heat transferred from your hand keeping the beer cooler for longer. The wide mouth encourages a frothy head and easy sipping. Suggested Beer Styles + English, Irish & Scottish Ales + Stout + American Ales + American Stout

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‘Nonick’ Imperial Pint The Imperial pint was adopted as an official measure by British Parliament in 1824. Using this official system of measurement, the “nonick” version of the Imperial pint glass was produced for use in pubs in the 1960’s. The glass bulges out at the top which improves grip, prevents glasses from sticking together when stacked, adds strength and reduces chipping. Suggested Beer Styles + English, Irish & Scottish Ales + English Pale Ale + Ordinary Bitter/Best Bitter/ESB + English-Style India Pale Ale + English Brown Ale + English-Style Porter + American Ales + American Pale Ale + American Brown Ale + American Porter and Stout

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Index American ‘Shaker’ Pint - 9 Irish Imperial Pint - 11 ‘Nonick’ Imperial Pint - 13 Pilsner Flute - 5 Pint American Pint - 9 Irish Imperial Pint - 11 ‘Nonick’ Imperial Pint - 13 Small Tulip - 7 Snifter - 7 Weissbier ‘Vase’ - 3


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