Re: Winter 2013/14 - Page 51

Dual Beer Glass As we get into winter there is nothing I like better than a pint of ‘Motherin-Law’ which those of you that already enjoy Harveys will know is a half a pint of Old Ale with half a pint of Best Bitter (old & bitter = mother-in-law). On doing some research for this issue I think I may have stumbled upon the perfect receptacle for mixed drinks like my winter favourite – the Dual Beer Glass. This is the first specialty glass released by the Pretentious Beer Glass Company. It is a cylindrical beer glass with two separate chambers inside that combine into one towards the lip. This unique looking glass is the brainchild of Matthew Cummings, an artist/designer working primarily with glass. He lives (and drinks) in Louisville, KY, a place where craft beer flourishes. “I first began working on this design after having a bartender incorrectly pour a Half and Half, blending the two beers together. This glass is not just the solution to the problem of using a jig to properly pour those types of beers, but it allows you to mix any two beers, even ones that have similar specific gravities. A wonderful secondary benefit to this glass is that you can smell the bouquet of both beers simultaneously, where normally you only smell the beer that settles on top. Dimensions vary more on this glass than the others due to production techniques, and are approximately 5-6” tall and 3” wide, holding 10-12 oz [roughly half a pint]. hot, I take each glass to my coldshop where I engrave and/or grind the bottoms flat. Once finished, I personally hand-sign each glass and package them in branded gift boxes. Despite the volume and breadth of distribution of these products, it is all still a one-man operation with the help of a few friends. I hope that you enjoy drinking out of these glasses as much as I have enjoyed making them for you.” Said Matthew Cummings. Each glass is packaged in a branded gift box with a description card featuring recommended beer pairings and information about each specific design. So if you are buying this as a gift, it is ready to go! You can order these online from PretentiousBeerGlass where a set of four will cost you £79.65 but you can also buy them in singles. The Dual Beer Glass is not the only unique glass that the Pretentious Beer Glass Company produces and it is well worth a visit online to check out the range. By Jason Edge “I make all the glasses by hand. I use techniques that haven’t really changed in several hundred years (except for a few safety features). Molten glass is collected on a hollow blowpipe, and shaped with the use of wet newspaper pads or wooden tools. No machines touch your beer glass. After the glasses are finished 49