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Pint Glass History
People often wonder why we drink beer, cider and lager by the pint and where the tradition came from. The reason why old innkeepers and pub landlords served drinks in pints was down to mathematics. Pints make sense because it is a simple division of the ale’s casks from the brewery.
Beer was, and still is in the UK, measured in imperial units. In imperial units, a hogshead is 54 gallons, and a poly pin contains 36 gallons. There are eight pints to the gallon so splitting a gallon into eight pints avoids any waste ale being left at the bottom of the barrel.
Pint glasses became popular during the mid 20th century, quickly replacing traditional tankards made from pewter, ceramic and glass. Serving beer, cider and lager in glass pint glasses not only made the drinks look good but were more economical for pub landlords to buy and replace compared to ceramic tankards.
Raise a glass
When we raise a glass to toast one another, we shout ‘cheers’ and then clink our glasses together. While it is a much more satisfying experience to clink glass pint glasses together rather than ceramic or pewter tankards, the exact origins of this tradition have been lost in history.
It is thought that the custom of raising a (pint) glass to each other before drinking started with Ancient Greeks and Romans, who used to make offerings of wine to their respective gods before major celebrations to bring good luck.
The tradition of raising a glass at weddings is thought to come from this tradition to wish the new bride and groom luck for their marriage and future life together. Weddings are full of ‘toasts’, but did you know that the expression ‘to toast’ actually came from Elizabethan times when people would put a piece of toast into their wine to improve the taste.
The piece of toast soaked up some of the acidity in the poor quality wine, and it was also a sneaky way to stretch the wine budget further to lessen the wedding costs.
Pint glass shapes and styles
Pint glasses come in a wide variety of different styles. These include the conical ‘sleevers’ style that tapers by about one inch in diameter from rim to base, the Nonic pint glass that has a bulge a couple of inches below the rim, which helps you grip the glass, the jug glass or dimple mug style with a handle, and the tulip style pint glass, which is a more modern design that is taller with a flared rim.
A more recent pint glass style mimics that of a standard pint-sized beer can. This pint glass has straight, cylindrical sides with an inverted lip and base. This style is around 40 per cent lighter than a conical style pint glass because it is less prone to tipping, so it doesn’t need to have a heavy base to provide stability.
Choosing the right glass gift
With so many different styles of pint glass available, it can be as simple as choosing the one you like the look of the most to make an excellent gift. However, if you are buying for someone with a favourite tipple, think about purchasing a pint glass that will make their drink look good.
For someone that loves Guinness, for example, a glass where they can watch how the cream sticks to the glass edges will be a winner. Unlike other beers and lagers with carbon dioxide bubbles, Guinness bubbles tend to sink in a glass.
Guinness drinkers are prepared to wait a couple of extra minutes for their pint to settle in the glass before taking a sip. As the famous slogan says, good things come to those who wait!
Nonic glass is a classic type of glass used in pubs in the UK. The glass is variation from conical design with small but noticeable difference. The glass bulges out a few centimeters from the top. The purpose of this feature is to keep the glasses apart when stored, so they do not stick together. It also protects the rim from damage (40% greater crushing strength) and helps to hold the glass. This glass has started to be popular after 1948.
Types of pint beer glasses
These glasses are mostly used in UK pubs but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy it and use it at your home. Personalised pint glasses are very popular as a gift for special occasions. What is the difference between different glasses? Usually it is all about shape and style which suppose to enhance flavour and overall experience of drinking beer. Some beer glasses are simplified and toughened to extend their lifespan which make them perfect for pubs and bars.
This is a feature you would very often find in modern glasses. A nucleated glass features very small pits which allow gas to be better released. This helps to preserve the head of the beer. There are two types of nucleation:
– laser nucleated base which offers optimum nucleation,
– printed nucleated base which is perfect for branding.
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