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The beer glass gets in shape

With beer bars bubbling up all over town, it's becoming less likely that your favorite brew will arrive in a traditional pint glass or even a frosty mug. There's now an array of suds-specific vessels that some say, if paired with the right beer, can enhance the flavor and overall drinking experience. (Sound familiar, oenophiles?)

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Lambic
Size: 8 oz. » Ideal for: Fruity, sour beers like Cantillon Classic Gueuze. » Why: The real “champagne of beers” deserves a flute. Etchings in the base create extra bubbles. » Where: BottleRock, 1050 S. Flower St., downtown.

 

 

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Tulip
Size: 10-13 oz. » Ideal for: Belgian ales like Delirium Tremens. » Why: The  outturned rim coaxes a foamy head and floral notes from full-bodied beers that need to breathe. » Where: Verdugo, 3408 Verdugo Rd., Glassell Park.

 

 

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Goblet
Size:
12 oz. » Ideal for: Trappist ales like Chimay. » Why: Its wide mouth brings creamy ales to the desired temperature. » Where: Wurstküche, 800 E. 3rd St., downtown.

 

 

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Bulb
Size: 14 oz. » Ideal for: Strong ales like Allagash Curieux. » Why: It’s bigger than a pint and allows swishing room for big American ales. » Where: The Golden State, 426 N. Fairfax Ave., L.A.

 

 Photographs by Lisa Romerein