Recently, here at The Brew Club we’ve run a couple of articles about beer glasses – Do Beer Glasses Matter and Beer Glass Styles. The articles stimulated a healthy discussion and I expected the whole ‘glasses’ thread to finish there.
Until I visited a fairly chic wine bar in the City of London last evening. It’s close to the heart of the London insurance industry, and while they tend to sell bottles of expensive wine to insurance brokers and underwriters, they sell the legendary Pilsner Urquell on draught.
The glasses the beer is served in were developed for SAB Miller as part of their International Master Bartender competition which seeks to promote the ‘perfect pour’ and, in my opinion the particular glass is a work of art.
From its base – embossed with the words ‘The original Pilsner since 1842 Plzen Czech’, through its short, almost art deco stem, to its graceful ‘tulip’ shaped bowl this glass is simply beautiful.
It’s over sized, offering over an inch of space for a full head above a full (English) pint, and it bears the Pilsner Urquell logo embossed on the front, and the brewery’s distinctive ‘brewery gates in gold on the reverse. (You can click on any of the images below to ’embigify’ them for closer inspection.)
I thought that this particular glass was well worth a contribution to the bar’s charity box, and now takes its place in my glass collection.
Well, that’s my opinion. What do YOU think?