Great epiphanies come while drinking beer.
At least that’s the case for Matthew Cummings, a Kentucky-based glass artist who decided the hand-crafted beer he was drinking deserved a hand-crafted glass. Enter the Pretentious Beer Glass Co. “Beer today is made by brilliant, creative people, but no one was paying attention to the design of the glass,” Matthew says.
Best known for his elegant studio sculptures, Matthew started off making glasses for his drinking buddies. Then he branched out, and by glassblowing and hand-molding each piece, he created a variety of styles to enhance the experience of specific brews.
His designs have subtleties in the glass that affect the beer’s nose, carbonation, or flavor notes. They also happen to look stunning on a shelf.
The name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to how beer fans can take their beverages seriously. “But really, beer is an everyman’s drink,” Matthew says.
We’ll drink to that. Prices start at $35 per glass and $125 for a set of four.
Ale Glass: “My take on a traditional pint glass built for ales and Hefeweizens.”
Subtle Beer Glass: “This is best for lighter-flavor beers, such as lagers and pilsners.”
Original Dual Beer Glass (limited availability): “Separate chambers means blending beers, allowing you to smell the bouquet of each one simultaneously.”
Malty Beer Glass: “The narrow waist on this glass keeps sediment of stouts and porters at the bottom.”