When you order a beer what is your preferred size? I know, I know, “it depends” right? It depends on the reason you’ve gone for a beer in the first place. Some reasons require a small glass of beer, others require a cooling tower full of beer, and there are specific reasons for every different quantity available. I guess there are so many size options available because size really does matter.
I usually order in the 600 to 700 millilitre range. For me, it’s a versatile choice that is adequate for many different situations. It’s not so large that beer temperature becomes a problem near the end and not so small that you always have to keep an eye on your server so you can plan your next one.On a trip to Cuba once I ran into a rare occurrence where there were no adequately sized vessels for my beer order. We were spending some time at a beach resort and it seemed like a perfect opportunity to relax with a cold brew on the beach and enjoy looking out at the sea. I went to get beers from the beach bar and to my horror the only option was draft beer in a 200 millilitre plastic glass. Because I was ordering for 4 people I wasn’t able to carry 4 back to the beach for myself, and even if I had, beer does not stay cool in a small clear plastic glass very long.
Luckily a solution to my dilemma was spotted a short distance down the beach. A vender was selling large hand crafted bamboo mugs with different decorations carved on them. It looked like the perfect solution and I quickly bought the one with “Che Guevara” carved on it. I proudly went back to the beach bar where they kindly washed my new mug and filled it with Cristal beer, now I was set. I enjoyed my first mug of beer with Che immensely. The second however, not so much. In my haste to secure an appropriate beverage vessel I neglected to ask anything about how the inside of the bamboo was finished to make it beer tight. Half way through my second mug I was drinking a slurry of beer, glue, lacquer, and whatever else they had used to make the inside of the mug look shiny. So in conclusion, this is one time when I wish size didn’t matter!
Written by: Gordon Hermann