Most people know that there is a difference between glassware meant for everyday use and formal occasions. However, many people don't realize that there is also a big difference between professional and regular glassware.
While some may argue that any old glass will suffice for your favorite beverage, there's something about using professional glassware that takes the experience to the next level. Whether you're sipping on a crisp, cold beer or indulging in a glass of fine wine, using the proper glassware is essential for bringing out the flavor and aroma of your drink.
Professional glassware comes from higher quality materials. It often has more intricate designs, which can withstand more wear and tear, perfect for restaurants, bars, and other businesses. They differ in quality and durability, and it all goes down to the type of glass it is.
- Annealed Glass. Non-hardened or cooled glasses are a smart choice for businesses. The downside of using this type of glass is the risk it poses to its users when it breaks, as this is a real case of “you get what you paid for,” and it is the hardest to clean up as it shatters into hundreds of pieces.
- Fully-Tempered Glass. This type of glass is sturdier and more durable than annealed glass due to the strengthening processes that it goes through. Fully-tempered glassware still breaks. However, it breaks into larger pieces that can be easily seen and cleaned up, posing less harm to the environment when it does.
- Rim-Tempered Glass is an in-between of the first two glasses. It is less fragile than the rim and less durable than fully-tempered glassware. Some glasses are stored upside-down, making the annealed rim a sensitive spot for the glass. When you tip it over, the edge will only chip off.
- Crystal Glass. Crystal glasses are the type of glass usually used for fine dining. They have a unique characteristic of having a delicate and thin design with additional components such as a small amount of lead or a lead substitute. This type of glass has brilliant clarity and outstanding shine for a better presentation, a deluxe experience, and aesthetics for sentimental toasts.
Types of Professional Glassware
Professional glassware has three major categories–beer glasses, liqueur and spirit glasses, and wine and champagne glasses.
- Beer Glasses. For most people, the first thing that comes to mind is the drink itself. But what about the glasses that beer is in? Believe it or not, there's a lot more to beer glasses than just drinking out of them. Each type of glass can enhance your beer drinking experience in different ways.
- Liqueur and Spirit Glasses. Liqueur and spirit glasses come in all shapes and sizes. Some designs enhance the flavor of a drink, while others highlight the aesthetics. Do you ever wonder the difference between a liqueur and a spirit glass? Both seem to have the design for holding liquid, but they have some distinct differences.
The liqueur glasses prevent the temperature of the liqueur from being altered, while the spirit glasses have shapes that allow the aroma of spirits to be appreciated.
- Wine and Champagne Glasses. For many people, wine and champagne glasses are one of those pairs. Wine glasses typically have a wide mouth and a smaller opening at the bottom, while champagne glasses are usually taller with a narrow mouth.
Wine glasses are usually wider than champagne glasses or champagne flutes. Champagne is appreciated when it is bubbly, and the size and shape of champagne glasses are ideal for containing the bubbles longer, unlike in a wine glass. Champagne glasses are also more fragile than wine glasses because their material is from crystal and the latter from regular glass.