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Hopside Down

As you have seen from some older posts I dig beer glasses. I have a collection of about a dozen or so and it is always growing. Browsing around the net yesterday I came across the Hopside Down beer glass. Basically its a beer bottle beer glass. How cool is this thing?

09-02-17-01The only problem is that I can’t find where to buy them. There isĀ  a site for the company that makes them, but nowhere have I found a spot to buy them online. Still a very cool glass that I would love to add to my collection.

Bars cheating

I talked last week about my love of beer glasses and why I like to drink from them. There was something I forgot to mention. It’s the fact that a lot of bars cheat you out of beer. There are a few ways that they go about this, but the biggest problem I have is when I get a glass that is not full. I want my beer filled up to the edge of the glass. Many bars will leave a little extra space so that the bartender can get it to you easier.

Another way is the misunderstanding of a pint. A pint is 16 oz, but many places use these new 12 oz “pint glasses.” There is nothing pint about them, they are 4 oz short on bringing that promise home. That’s 25% of your beer! Bummer. Another trick used is to incrase the amount of glass at the base of the pint glass so it looks like a pint, feels like a pint, but there is less internal volume.

One cool solution to this problem is the Beer Gauge (pictured above left). It shows you how many ounces you actually have in your glass, and how much is missing. It would take some balls to try using this thing at a bar, but it does stop you from getting cheated.

Beer glasses

I’m of the opinion that a beer is better drank from a glass than a bottle and better from a bottle than a can. If it were a math equation it would look something like

Glass > Bottle > Can

I think most people can agree with that statement. But what is it about a glass that is so perfect? Imagine sitting down at a bar and have everyone with bottles instead of a nice pint glass. It just doesn’t seem right (unless you are a some cheap college bar). I don’t know if there is a real reason for this, it is just my preference.

I love beer glasses. I have several different types. I started with the typical pint, moved to a pilsner, and then to a challace. I use all of my glasses (that’s what they are for) but some beers just suit some glasses better. Some are just for fun, like my 26 oz half yard or my boot like the one on the left. My pint glasses get a hard workout weekly.

Beer glasses are just one of those beer culture icons that I just love. I do have a strange fascination with beer, and beer glasses are just another way to express myself.

Do you have any preference with glasses, bottles, or cans; leave a message below.