The proper glassware for craft beer is a well-worn topic with the general consensus being tulips, snifters, and nonic pints being the three must-have glasses to cover most popular craft beer styles. When it comes to the most popular craft beer style in America, the American IPA, the usual recommendation is a nonic pint, but why shouldn’t this iconic and distinct style have its own signature glass-style? Something that would highlight all the qualities of the IPA that have made it so popular: the hoppy aromas, the lively carbonation, and the thick robust head? That’s just the question that Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione and Sierra Nevada’s Ken Grossman asked when they decided to begin developing the perfect glass for IPAs.
This is not the frist time a craft brewer has ventured into glassware design. You’ve probably seen the ads that spotlight the Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass (above). The glass seems to be popular with highly positive Amazon reviews and a lot of positive sentiment from blogs and YouTube reviewers. We’ve used it in the past and were surprised that it wasn’t just a marketing ploy, but that glass was designed with Boston Lager specifically in mind. India pales ales are a whole different beast, and the brewers started from scratch when designing the new glass.
You can read about the multi-round taste test that representatives from Sierra Nevada, Dogfish Head, and glass makers from Ridel undertook to begin to zero-in on the qualities of a glass that will enhance the IPA drinking experience. The process of glass development has just started, and the new glass should be unveiled by the brewers in about a year.
Would you be interested in a glass designed specifically for IPAs?
Some more info about the specialty glass have begun to come to light. The glass will be released by Dogfish Head as a part of their “A Hop Eclipse Now” celebration of hops and the IPA style:
Through February and March, we’re celebrating our innovative IPA lineup with dozens of beer dinners across the country, two brand-new IPAs, a redesigned Randall the Enamel Animal and a special new glass.
Details on exactly how the glass will be unique are still scarce, but we’ll update this space as we find out more. One clue to the possible design may be the title-cards in the new A Hop Eclipse Now video on the Dogfish Head site:
In the video Sam Calagione talks about the importance of hops and the IPA style to Dogfish Head (he talks a little about the DFH/Sierra Nevada collaboration brew that we think the glass will be paired with at 07:50), and the cards at the begining of each segment depict a hop-filled glass bursting with a mushroom-cloud:
Could that be the new glass designed by Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada?
Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada have officially unveiled the new glass from Spiegelau, and it is the glass teased in the above video! Here’s the official picture of the oddly-shaped tulip:
Read all the details about the glass’s special features, including the “wave-like ridges to aerate [the] beer on its way in and out of the glass,” in the Dogfish Head press-release.
What do you think of the glass? Will you be enjoying IPAs out of one soon?