New BeerAdvocate Fest Drinkware by govino

Discussion in 'BeerAdvocate Fests' started by Todd, Jun 1, 2016.

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  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (6,632) Aug 23, 1996 California
    Staff Moderator Fest Crew Society Trader

    When we first started hosting fests in 2003, we used hard plastic cups due to venue restrictions and safety concerns with using glassware. Our original cups were great, but very expensive, not recyclable, used a lot of wasteful packing and storing them took up a ton of space.

    So years ago we switched to PLA (Poly Lactic Acid; plastic made from corn) bio-compostable cups. They've been working great for us from a logistics and financial point of view, however, their lack of a clear 2oz pour line caused confusion. We did look into printing one, but it wasn't feasible due to minimum quantities, storage limitations and other restrictions with the manufacture.

    And more importantly, over the years we've received a growing number of complaints about them from attendees who want something more durable, collectable and respectable.

    Your feedback has been heard.

    As of our Microbrew Invitational this June 3 + 4 in Boston, we'll be trying out 10oz ultra-thin, flexible, BPA-free polymer, shatterproof, reusable and recyclable drinkware from govino. It features our Microbrew Invitational logo and a clear 2oz pour line to adhere to Mass. state law, plus they look a lot like a glass, feel good in hand, have a thumb notch and don't impact the color, aroma or flavor of the beer. We went with 10oz as it leaves plenty of room for head/frothy pours and it's currently their smallest size for the type of drinkware that we were looking for.

    Looking forward to seeing these in action, and hearing attendee feedback.

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  2. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (7,316) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
    Society Trader

    They look pretty nice.

  3. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,880) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Ha, I remember those, I think I still have one! I believe that was back when you purchased drink tickets as needed, and the pours were 4 oz.
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  4. Samlover55

    Samlover55 Champion (814) Oct 8, 2015 New York

    Wish BA had a beerfest in my area so I can check out these awesome looking sampling cups!! (and enjoy great beer and company). Guess I'll have to make the trip to NE eventually.
  5. kegtapper

    kegtapper Initiate (0) May 11, 2010 Connecticut

    excellent! much better than years past. sat can't come fast enough!
  6. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (6,066) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
    Moderator Society Trader

    I recently got 2 govino pilsner style glasses for picnics/beach outings and they are really cool and work well. These are pretty sweet and a great idea!
  7. LaxDove

    LaxDove Initiate (0) May 23, 2016 New Hampshire

    Thank you for remaining environmentally responsible while exceeding expectations. Truly customer focused.
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  8. eb1610

    eb1610 Disciple (354) Jan 3, 2014 Massachusetts

    I thought the new cups worked great last night. Definitely an improvement
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  9. brewandbbq

    brewandbbq Poo-Bah (3,609) Apr 24, 2003 New Hampshire
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    Well done on the new cups! They look great and fit well in the hand. And wow, what a difference in the aromatics. Hop bombs at the fest were amazing. Thanks.
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  10. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,786) Sep 2, 2012 Colorado
    Fest Crew Society Trader

    I think you should give a little bit of credit to the breweries that made those hop bombs too :wink:

    Seriously though I loved the new glasses as well. I think it is the perfect compromise given the restrictions to actual glassware and some of the cost ineffectiveness of hard plastic. They are a great size and very much reusable by those who collect glassware and want something smaller that is safe to travel with.
  11. treznor

    treznor Zealot (592) Dec 20, 2006 North Carolina

    There are great glasses. I've used them for a couple years now any time real glass would be a problem. Recently picked up a couple of the pils-shaped glasses from them as well. The thumb notch seems kind of silly, but on a hot day, out by the pool, and your hands are wet (or just drinking more than you probably should've)... its been clutch to keep the liquid on the inside of the glass rather than the outside.
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