Get Ken Grossman and Sam Calagione into the same room and you’re liable to get a beer idea that’s completely out of the box. That’s why German glass experts Spiegelau asked the two craft brewing pioneers to help them design a vessel specifically for Indian Pale Ales (IPAs). With input from two of the leading IPA brewers in the United States (Calagione with Dogfish Head and Grossman with Sierra Nevada), Spiegelau has created the new standard for IPA beer glassware. The Spiegelau IPA glass is designed to showcase varying aromatic profiles for the American “hop forward” IPA beer, preserve a frothy head and maintain a comfortably wide opening for the drinker to “nose” the beverage. Is this the go-to vessel for IPA beers? Tell us in the comments below. It’s available starting in May. Wanna learn more, watch the video above.
A little background on Spiegelau: Founded in 1521, Spiegelau is one of the oldest and most famous European manufacturers of fine crystal, located in the small town of Spiegelau in the heart of the Bavarian Forest. Being one of the most picturesque parts of Germany, this area has in recent times become as much a center of tourism as well as a traditional center of glass-making. Today, the Spiegelau brand has become synonymous with quality stemware, especially among the worlds leading sommeliers and wine connoisseurs.