On Monday, Krug Park Beer and Bloody Marys added a new page to their website, one devoted entirely to beer glassware.
Sort of a who's-who of glassware a craft beer drinker might encounter, the site begins with a description of the most common beer glass — the pint glass — describing the ubiquitous receptacle's history and purpose.
The pint glass was never intended for average beer use, but rather for shaking cocktails. However, it has proven to accent the flavor profile of specific beers (especially session style beers) and has become the most common style of draught beer glassware in use today.
The site goes on to explain the uses for other assorted glassware: the brandy snifter (best for spiced or fruit beers, among others), the beer mug (lagers), the stemmed glass (IPAs), the goblet (Belgian darks) and the Bavarian Weizer (wheat).
Jonathan Tvrdik, one of Krug Park's owners and the mastermind behind the glassware web page, said the right glassware enhances two key components of fancy beers — aroma and head retention. The website aims to explain in layman's terms the reasoning why (it all has to do with chemistry, as it turns out).
But there's another, larger goal to the glassware web page.
“How do we break down the barrier for people who are not craft beer people but still beer people?” Tvrdik said.
The web page, which Tvrdik said would likely kick off an entire educational section on the Krug Park website, is all about making craft beer less intimidating.
Justin Halbert, general manager at Brix, agreed that the right glass can lead to a more satisfying swig of craft beer.
“The right glass can enhance flavors you want to taste,” he said.
The wrong glass, meanwhile, can bring out flavors you maybe don't want to taste. An IPA, for example, is more bitter and sour in a pint glass, he said. In a stemmed glass, it has almost a caramel flavor.
Drinkers who frequent craft beer bars also become accustomed to drinking certain beers out of certain glasses, he said. It also is about habit and good marketing by breweries, which often suggest certain beers be served in certain glasses, he said.
And that can inspire drinkers to build their own collections at home.
Halbert, whose love for craft beer spans more than a decade, has done just that.
“I've got so much glassware around my house I can't even put it anywhere,” he said.
He is happy to help customers who visit Brix seeking beer glassware. But plenty of people enjoy craft beers straight from the bottle, too.
That's fine with Halbert.
“I think in the end, it's kind of what does the consumer enjoy?” he said.
Those seeking to learn more about craft beer glasses can do so at www.glassware.krugpark.com
A musical puppet show for grown-ups is coming to the Barley Street Tavern, 2735 North 62nd St., Friday night.
Writer, director and puppet maker Robert Stewart described the show, called “Glass Jaw Fragments” as a “basic kind of noir story about a boxer going against the mob.”
Stewart was inspired to write the play after he found some boxer-like football player action figures at a thrift store. He put some baby doll heads on top and liked the aesthetic, so he fashioned them into puppets. Stewart recruited friends Nolan Tredway and Ladd Wendelin to help master and voice the puppets. Jim Schroeder and Joshua Miller composed the music, and Stewart wrote the lyrics.
“This is the first just puppet show I've done, but a lot of my other plays have some kind of puppetry in them,” Stewart said.
He frequently writes plays and performs them in unconventional places — backyards, art galleries, basements, living rooms, an old church in Auburn, Neb. But this is his first performance in Omaha. The group will perform “Glass Jaw Fragments” twice, at 7:30 p.m. and again at 9 p.m.
Right next door, the Sweatshop Gallery, 2727 N. 62nd St., is offering $5 rides on a mechanical bull Friday night.
Cowboy costumes are encouraged, and western-themed face painting will be provided — for free — by DJ Kobrakyle.
The event is a fundraiser to renovate the new gallery. Riding starts at 7 p.m., and the $5 fee is waived with the purchase of two beers.
Saturday is National Learn to Homebrew Day. Formerly known as the slightly less succinct Teach a Friend to Homebrew Day, the annual holiday (it's always the first Saturday in November) was founded in 1999 by the American Homebrewers Association to promote the art of making your own beer.
To mark the day, breweries and homebrewers around the country host workshops on the art of making beer at home.
Locally, the Railroaders Brew Club and the South Omaha Brewers will host a workshop at the Crescent Moon Ale House, 3578 Farnam St., beginning at noon; and the Lincoln Lagers homebrew club will host a similar event at Misty's Steakhouse, 200 N. 11th St. in Lincoln, at 11 a.m.