Show off your cool glassware

Discussion in 'Breweriana' started by loki993, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. loki993

    loki993 Initiate (180) Apr 16, 2009 Michigan

    So I've decided I need to get some neat glasses to drink my beer in. Right now all I have is a Samuel Smith glass that came in a gift pack and a collection of generic tumblers, all dark blue, which I dont like drinking beer out of. I prefer a clear glass.

    Where do you usually find your glasses? Whats a decent price to pay? I've found a few at some random stores and such but I've always passed thinking I didn't want to pay too much or that I could score some at a garage sale or thrift store. I'm starting to find that those places are nice for generic glasses but it seems branded ones are a bit harder to come by.
    joaopmgoncalves and ZEB89 like this.
  2. sukwonee

    sukwonee Crusader (740) Dec 13, 2011 Washington
    Beer Trader

    Here is a few I got:

    Lost Abbey Teku Glass

    World Market Brandy Snifter

    Russian River Tulip

    Lost Abbey and Russian River glasses can be purchased online (via their website).
  3. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

    This glass seems to be all the rage now...
    Three Floyds Teku Glass
  4. chanokokoro

    chanokokoro Champion (835) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    The most obvious source is the breweries themselves. Glassware can obviously be obtained by in-person visits or you can use their web stores although you'll end up having to pay shipping. There are other internet sites, but shipping charges apply there as well. Some of my other sources:

    1. Other stores in Chicago that I've located that sell specialty branded glassware. There are several, both independent shops and chain liquor stores. In my experience the selection at independent shops far exceeds anything you'll find at a chain store. You'll have to look around, but living in a major city does have it's advantages here.

    2. Bars that speciallize in craft beer. Develop relationships with the staff at bars you frequent most often then don't be afraid to ask about any glassware they have but offer to pay for them. Many times they get branded glassware from their distributor for free or at very little cost. For instance, a bar near me that I frequent quite often had a Brooklyn Brewery night and they received a bunch of Brooklyn snifters. Once the event was over, one of the managers there put aside four of them for me. I offered to pay for them, but he just gave them to me.

    3. Gift packs. The drawback is that you usually only get one glass and you don't get much choice regarding which brews are included. I like having at least two of each piece of specialty glassware (not including pints glasses) I have...nice when sharing a bomber or 750ml with a friend. Most specialty glassware is suited for "specialty brews" that generally aren't year-round and are more suited for a glass such a snifter. With some exceptions, these brews are usually sold in bombers or 750's, so having a matched pair is perfect if you're splitting it. Some breweries, such as Jolly Pumpkin sell all their brews in 750's, so I actually have two pairs of their small tulips.

    EDIT: As far as a decent price to pay, it depends on the glass. Most of the glasses, that weren't given to me, have ranged in price from $5-$10. I have quite a bit of glassware...
  5. loki993

    loki993 Initiate (180) Apr 16, 2009 Michigan

    Nice glasses!

    Cool thanks. I really never though about the bar thing. I may try that. Yeah there are a few independent shops around here that has a decent to good selections of glass. Also there is a supermarket or 2 that do a lot in craft beers that have some too. Prices seem to be around that too. Sometimes as low as 2.99 which I though was decent.

    I swear a saw a Cantillon, or something else cool like that, glass at one of the places and almost grabbed it. Cant remember which though
    tr9871 likes this.
  6. yeahnatenelson

    yeahnatenelson Meyvn (1,165) Feb 8, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Where to start? I'd say start with goodwill, antique shops, and fleamarkets. You'd be surprised at how cheap you can get cool glasses, especially brandy snifters, which are great for big, full-bodied beers.

    Beyond that, I usually try to pick glasses up at breweries and sometimes bars -- you'll be surprised how many bars are willing to sell their glasses to you.

    As far as how much to pay, mine have ranged from almost nothing to probably too much. Like chanokokoro, I have a lot of glasses.
    IMSPEAKNOENGLISH likes this.
  7. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

    Looking forward to getting my mitts on this beauty...
  8. stupac2

    stupac2 Zealot (518) Feb 22, 2011 California
    Beer Trader

    I'm pretty pleased with my recent furniture acquisition for displaying/storing glassware:

  9. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    I like that ^^^ where can I buy ten of em ?
    bbtkd likes this.
  10. yeahnatenelson

    yeahnatenelson Meyvn (1,165) Feb 8, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    Is that a small hand, or are those CR glasses *really* that big??
    ehammond1 likes this.
  11. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

    Here's another look:
    Penguin3200 and Lantern like this.
  12. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan Poo-Bah (3,331) Dec 13, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    My collection...

    still need to add a few newer glasses to this, but waiting for my new phone to snap some shots.

    pretty much always up for a glass swap too if you have anything cool/non-pint (especially mini snifters and mini tasters) that i don't have.
  13. ant880

    ant880 Initiate (0) Nov 7, 2010 New York

    I have a handful of glasses that I do my drinking from, CBS snifter, Ommegang tulip, SA sensory pint and some smaller snifters. Collecting wise I have always stuck to pints, the majority from US breweries...not sure why, I guess Im a sucker for the color logos. Most I have gotten directly from the breweries or purchased on eBay..
    BeerGlassesCollector and Lantern like this.
  14. Treebs

    Treebs Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    I like some of the following I have:

    Southern Tier Tulip:


    FW Reserve Series Tulip:


    New Belgium Globe:

  15. ShawDeuce22

    ShawDeuce22 Initiate (184) Mar 17, 2009 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    I wouldn't say my girlfriend has a small hand but I will say that the CR glass doesn't fit on any of the shelves in my cabinets. yes, it's THAT big
  16. SurMegge

    SurMegge Initiate (0) Jul 1, 2012

    This glass looks good in my hand, hasn't left it since. :wink:

  17. DrunkethWizard

    DrunkethWizard Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2012 California

    Here is my small collection so far:


    I'd really like to get one of those Pumking Goblets and Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat pils glasses (I like the logo guy).
  18. NickMunford

    NickMunford Savant (978) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

    creepinjeeper and Lantern like this.
  19. Prospero

    Prospero Savant (951) Jul 27, 2010 Colorado
    Beer Trader

  20. loki993

    loki993 Initiate (180) Apr 16, 2009 Michigan

    AlaskanYoung likes this.
  21. Prospero

    Prospero Savant (951) Jul 27, 2010 Colorado
    Beer Trader

    Why so?

    I don't cup when I taste and not really interested in that aspect so much as I think they're a unique 'art' of glassware.
    Lantern likes this.
  22. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
    Beer Trader

    Man if my wife ever compains again!!! She gets to sit and look at your glasses.
    Well played sir!

    cosmicevan likes this.
  23. Archemedies

    Archemedies Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2011 Massachusetts


    My grandma gave me these glasses she got over 60 years ago when her and my grandfather were stationed in Germany. I rarely drink from them.
  24. ehammond1

    ehammond1 Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2008

    They're beautiful. I couldn't help myself from using them, especially knowing my grandfather most likely drank beer from them as well. But then again, I'd hate myself if even one broke.
  25. Archemedies

    Archemedies Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2011 Massachusetts

    The funny thing is my grandfather didn't like beer, and neither did my grandma. I was the first person to drink from those according to her. The smallest one has never been drank from. They sat on a shelf (and still do) for decades. I am too scared to drink from them haha.
  26. cosmicevan

    cosmicevan Poo-Bah (3,331) Dec 13, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    they conveniently all fit in this small cabinet we have in our living room. it was a furniture piece my wife wanted and we had nothing to put in it so i took it over. unfortunately it is now at it's tipping point and extras i've had to find a separate place for.
    Lantern likes this.
  27. loki993

    loki993 Initiate (180) Apr 16, 2009 Michigan

    They look great it just seems like it would be odd drinking out of them.
  28. leedorham

    leedorham Crusader (701) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    I love being fancy so, of course, I love my custom engraved Stella goblets. Fancy does indeed taste better.

  29. GraniteSkunk

    GraniteSkunk Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2007 Illinois

    It's past my bedtime, but I can't sleep, so why not take some pictures of glassware? This isn't quite all of it(there's a few that I need to wash or can't find, have multiples of some of these, and I have a shit ton of shaker pints)


    Unbranded stuff. I like the quasi-taku style, second from the left.


    Snifters. Iowa City Brewfest, Bellevue(great little snifter), Founders, and Delirium Tremens


    Iowa City Brewfest Tulip, Ulrich Pils interesting shaped glass, Iowa City Brewfest Flute, and Sammy Perfect Pint(also have a 22oz version)


    Rochefort chalice, New Belgium Globe, St. Bernardus chalice


    Lost Abbey Teku, Erdinger Hefe, and Hill Farmstead(my current favie)

    The others, off the top of my head, are a New Glarus flute and a Goose Island Silver Goose wine glass style. I'll be picking up a few more of those, and some Pumking snifters, in short order.
  30. wbumgarner

    wbumgarner Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2012




    I picked these up today at my local bottle shop. Got all of them for under 10.00 !!
  31. loki993

    loki993 Initiate (180) Apr 16, 2009 Michigan

    My dad actually has a whole set of those gold rimmed Stella glasses, got them at a garage sale or something.

    I scored a couple nice ones at the salvation army this weekend. A nice Tulip and ,don't know what it would be called, it has a large bowl with a smaller but hollow base. Both are unbranded. Ill have to snap some pics when I get home. I also found some decent branded ones for pretty cheap at a local beer place that Ill probably pick up after payday.
    Chaz likes this.
  32. nickmcc

    nickmcc Initiate (51) Dec 12, 2010 South Carolina
    Beer Trader


    My wife and I just got back from our honeymoon in Brussels, Belgium, and I made sure to pick up glassware at every brewery we visited. From left:

    - Brugse Zot and Straffe Hendriks from Brouwerij De Halve Maan in Bruges;
    - Westvleteren goblet I picked up from a store in Brussels;
    - Three glasses from Cantillon in Brussels;
    - Grutt from Gentse Stadsbrouwerij in Gent.
  33. Rifugium

    Rifugium Poo-Bah (5,686) Mar 2, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    As I'm getting close to 300 items, I think it's about time to get some updated pics of my glassware collection.
    RobertColianni and jimmymo like this.
  34. loki993

    loki993 Initiate (180) Apr 16, 2009 Michigan

    Here's what I got at the Salvation army, sorry for the bad pic didnt have very good lighting:

    dgmirelli likes this.
  35. ElGallo

    ElGallo Champion (813) Sep 26, 2009 New Hampshire

    Not a great photo, but these tend to be my go-to glasses throughout the year: unbranded Mikasa tulip (great for IPAs), Westy goblet, Hill Farmstead longstem, Alaskan Brewing pint glass (had it since the '90s and it still looks brand new), 2012 Kate the Great snifter
    BeerKangaroo likes this.
  36. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    I got this last night for $4 at, of all places, Whole Foods Market (Downtown Austin).


    Nice thick heavy glass. Accidentally dropped it once already onto tile and the glass merely laughed about it.
    hash_tagger, LambicKing and ehammond1 like this.
  37. libbey

    libbey Initiate (0) May 18, 2008 British Indian Ocean Territory


    This has been one of my favorite recent additions.
    hooliganlife, afrokaze and ehammond1 like this.
  38. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada Meyvn (1,247) May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    today's glassware budget: 99 cents

    today's glassware haul:

  39. yeahnatenelson

    yeahnatenelson Meyvn (1,165) Feb 8, 2010 Illinois
    Beer Trader

  40. GraniteSkunk

    GraniteSkunk Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2007 Illinois

    Picked up this one today -


    It says "Long Live The King" on the front. Me likey
    creepinjeeper, Lantern, Hanzo and 6 others like this.
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.