Spiegelau; The Class of Glass

Spiegelau; The Class of Glass

Glass is a fascinating material. Not only does it fulfill a practical purpose but there are so many other ways in which glass enriches our life. It is brilliant, it reflects and refracts light and has a satisfying sound when glasses are clinked.

“High performance at every occasion”: with this maxim, Spiegelau has been renowned for high-quality drinking glasses made of crystal for more than 500 years. Building on the foundation of traditional Bavarian artisan workmanship, Spiegelau today utilises state-of-the-art technologies to guarantee that all glasses are absolutely robust and reliable. Here, not only are Spiegelau glasses of high brilliance, they also are extremely resistant to breakage and dishwasher safe. Acting out of conviction, Spiegelau continues to produce in Germany glasses of a high standard and top-grade quality. Building on the professional competence and expertise regarding the impact of the shape of glasses on a certain type of drink, Spiegelau has developed special glass shapes for craft beers, which presents themselves in a unique and functional design. They were created in cooperation with leading American craft beer breweries in numerous tasting workshops, with a brief to find the optimal glass shapes that are best suited for unfolding the complex flavour profiles of the artisan crafted varieties such as IPA, Stout and American wheat beer. All Spiegelau Craft Beer Glasses are characterised by the ‘tasting approved’ quality seal. By means of this, the Bavarian company provides a decisive mandate for considering beer enjoyment and ultimately, beer culture, in a new light, and that too for the purpose of selecting the right glass for beer of choice.

FAR-SIGHTED SINCE THE 16TH CENTURY

Throughout history, glass has played a key role in shaping lives, propelling economies and advancing civilization. From creating fine glass mirrors for the old Royal courts of Europe to manufacturing sturdy yet fine glassware for the modern-day hospitality trade, Spiegelau has a history of high-performance. For five centuries, Spiegelau has laboured to combine hand craftsmanship with the latest glass-making techniques.

In the sixteenth century, when mirrors were popular in royal courts, the company produced fine glass mirrors, beads and decorative bottles. In 1845 the factory produced snuff bottles, which were a rage.

In 1926, owner Fritz Pretzfelder gave the company its current name – Kristallglasfabrik Spiegelau GmbH, or The Spiegelau Crystal Glass Factory.

Since 2004 Spiegelau belongs to Riedel Glass Works with brands like Nachtmann and Riedel under its umbrella.

WHAT MAKES A SPIEGELAU GLASS?

  • Brilliant clarity – by only using the purest ingredients
  • 1500 cycles dishwasher proof – thanks to the Platinum Glass Process
  • Quality Made in Germany
  • Improved breakage resistance
  • Certified environmental management

INDIAN PALE ALE; CRAFT BEER GLASSES

The Spiegelau IPA glass has a new and unique design, created to support the complex and volatile aromas in IPA style beers. The glass has been developed in collaboration with two of the leading IPA brewers in the United States, Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada. Achieved through a series of design and tasting workshops in which hundreds of possible designs were considered, the brewers ultimately and unanimously chose, by secret vote, one glass – “number 6“ – from a final lineup of eight custom-made prototypes. Designed to showcase the complex and alluring aromatic profiles of American ‘hop-forward’ IPA beers, preserve a frothy head, enhance taste and mouthfeel, and present a comfortably wide opening for the drinker to savor each beer, Spiegelau’s latest design is the go-to vessel for enjoying IPA. Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada champion U.S. hop farming.

STOUT; CRAFT BEER GLASSES

Following in the footsteps of their hugely successful IPA glass project, Spiegelau has partnered with two of the leading Stout brewers in the United States, Left Hand Brewing Company from Colorado and Rogue Ales from Oregon to create the ultimate tool for enjoying Stout beer.

After months of design and tasting workshops, during which hundreds of glass shapes were considered, the brewers ultimately and unanimously chose as their favourite, ‘Prototype C’, from a final line-up of eight custom-made Spiegelau shapes.

Expertly crafted, tested and approved, the Spiegelau Stout glass accentuates the roasted malt, rich coffee and chocolate notes that define the Stout beer style while maintaining the functional design characteristics Spiegelau beer glassware has become known for.

A DESIGN FOR EVERY STYLE

Staying faithful to the spirit of Bavarian artisan craftsmanship, Spiegelau has created these unique, functional glasses to bring out the best in complex craft beers. Like it’s expert tasting panel, the company believes that craft beers deserve crafted glasses. The Spiegelau Craft Beer Glasses have been approved by an expert tasting panel of master brewers and industry professionals. Focusing on beer enjoyment, members of the tasting workshop tested multiple glass shapes to find the best glass for Indian Pale Ale, American Wheat Beer and Stout. In the experts’ opinion, the custom-shaped glasses successfully deliver the complexity of aromas on the nose while demonstrating the optimum beer texture, balance and flavour intensity on the palate.

AMERICAN WHEAT BEER/ WITBIERE; CRAFT BEER GLASSES

In collaboration with the award-winning Michigan-based Bell’s Brewery, Spiegelau has developed a specific drinking vessel for one of the world’s most popular beer varieties – WHEAT. Ever focused on perfecting beer-specific glassware, Spiegelau’s latest innovation is poised to become the new standard for enjoying premium wheat beers. As with previous tasting-workshops, Spiegelau has challenged conventional thinking and presumption of what a wheat beer glass should look like. The new glass ultimately offers the best wheat beer drinking experience, delivers the optimal taste, aroma and mouthfeel to enhance American and Belgian wheat beers.

  • Large, voluminous bowl harnesses and retains the delicate aromas of wheat beer
  • Mouth opening delivers beer evenly across the palate to enhance mouth feel and harmony of sweetness and acidity
  • Laser cut lip ensures crisp, cleandelivery in every sip
  • Open bottom glass base drives beerand aromatic foam upward into main bowl after every sip
  • Ultra-pure quartz material makes for unsurpassed clarity and flawless, true colour presentation
  • Stark, angular shape and open base creates dramatic visual cascading effect into glass as beer is poured

BARREL AGED BEER; CRAFT BEER GLASSES

Barrel Aged Beers represent the height of a brew master’s talent and passion. The impartation of long-term wood aging on fine beer makes for the most complex expression possible in terms of the aroma, taste, mouthfeel and finish of these special beers. Barrel Aged Beers are truly a connoisseur’s choice. The Spiegelau Barrel Aged Glass is the result of a two-year development project in partnership with the brew masters of four of the world’s great producers of Barrel Aged Beer: Great Divide Brewing Company of Denver, Colorado; Green Flash Brewing Company of San Diego, California; Uinta Brewing Company of Salt Lake City, Utah and Cigar City Brewing of Tampa Bay, Florida. We hope that you enjoy using this glass for your most special beers!

Spiegelau won the world’s foremost design award, the Red Dot Award, for its Craft Beer Glasses. The glass manufacturer from the Bavarian Forest had submitted its innovative design concept of flavour-specific glasses for craft beers. Together with brewers and industry experts, Spiegelau developed glasses for specific varieties of craft beer in special workshops. The IPA glass was already introduced on the market in 2013, followed by the Stout glass in 2014 and the American wheat beer/wit beer glass in 2015. With 4,928 entries from 56 countries this year, the Red Dot Award is not only the largest and most prestigious product competition in the world, but also the most international. “This award makes us very proud. It shows that we are on the right track with our glasses. All the better if this is confirmed by a conscientious and impartial jury,” says Richard Voit Managing Director. He adds; “We are breaking new ground and are therefore also taking risks. This type of development in the field of beer glasses is unique and very costly. The glasses are working out great. The fact that they also have won a design award now is of course a twofold honour for us.”

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