I’m not a beer snob. I’m really and truly not. I’ll drink it from the can, from a bottle or straight from the keg if you’ll let me put my mouth under a tap. I’ll drink almost any type of beer that you’ll send my way and I’ll generally be very happy for the chance. I sometimes drink mass-produced beer, other times I drink local and have a decent collection of craft beer from places I’ve visited through work and other travel. And, while I have my favorites, I’m generally very adaptable!
About ten years ago I met a different kind of beer drinker; one who deliberately chose each glasses to match the style of beer that was served and one that knew more about beer than I could have imagined. I probably tried to write these people off as beer snobs at the time but they were too friendly to be snobs and curiosity got the better of me. Before long I found that I was hooked on learning all I could about beer (my biggest learning so far is that there’s so much more to know than I’ll ever have a chance to learn!)
I’ve never been overly picky about matching beer glasses to the specific type of beer but I really do think it makes a difference. Similar to wine, different glass shapes will alter the flavors of the beverage although I think it’s for reasons that are different than most profess.
Take, for example, the tulip-shaped beer glass: