Pint glasses are cheap and ubiquitous, but they’re awful for drinking beer. The thick glass gets too warm, there’s not enough room for a good head, and the wide opening means that you can barely detect any of the brew’s carefully crafted aroma. Spiegelau wanted to craft better options.
For their IPA project, they enlisted the help of Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada — two guys who know a thing or two about top notch pale ales. After conceptualizing hundreds of possible designs, the competition was narrowed down to this unique shape. The ridges on the bottom of the glass enhance carbonation to give you a big, fluffy head while the tapered bowl concentrates all of the resulting aroma and flavor. The result is a cannon of hoppy goodness, bringing out all the best attributes of an IPA.