We want to celebrate the entry into our catalog of the 1 pint Synthesis custom beer glass with a post dedicated to this novelty.
If you are a beer lover and a regular patron of pubs and breweries you will surely have come across the term "pint". What is it about? First of all, a distinction must be made: the term comes from the so-called "Imperial" or "British" unit of measurement, approximately equivalent to 0.57 liters. The imperial pint has gone through several vicissitudes that have caused the proliferation, across time and countries, of numerous variants. The American pint, in particular, distinguishes a beer glass with a capacity of 0.47 liters.
The glass that we still call "US Pint" today has an essential shape oriented towards practicality of use: a solid, flared truncated cone, devoid of rounded shapes and characterized by straight sides. Surely it is not a glass suitable for tasting (for this we have the personalized TEKU tasting glass and his "younger brother" Mini TEKU), but a practical, versatile and stackable item: reasons that have made it so successful in pubs and breweries. Having said that, we cannot ignore the fact that this glass is still perfect for offering an adequate organoleptic support to beers with a sensory richness that is not too articulated.
Do you want to know more about the history of this glass shape? Then read on!
The 1 pint glass was born as the glass counterpart of the classic cocktail shaker, with dimensions reduced by about half. Its popularity exploded after the Second World War, when the great brewing brands - thanks to the closure of numerous microbreweries during Prohibition - massively imposed themselves on the market with a large-scale production dedicated to mass consumption. As a consequence, the quality aligns with a "medium taste" with rather flat characteristics that do not require particularly elaborate glass shapes. On the contrary, there is a growing need for function-oriented glasses that are simple, economical, robust, stable and stackable.
For this reason, the "shaker" glass model is still today a widespread and appreciated standard, which we recommend - following its vocation - for beers made in USA like Ales and Lager.