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Gift Lab: Decoding the Perfect Pour

August 26, 2014

Kris, Danny, & HTML Glasses

Product: HTML Beer Glasses

Research:
I first saw UG’s HTML Beer Glasses in our warehouse – a shipment had just arrived and a few units were pulled out for our Receiving team to quality check. I had no idea what they were for. Honestly, my first thought was, “Why would anyone want a beer glass with weird printing on it?” Then one of the guys explained to me that the idea behind the printing is to help create the perfect pour – ah-hah! That made a lot more sense. So, feeling a bit like an idiot, I researched the seemingly-simply-but-actually-intricate-act of…pouring a beer.

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Hypothesis:
My initial thoughts: I will likely learn way more about foam than I ever imagined. I will be able to pour a prettier beer, but with little effect on actual taste. I will take regrettable pictures of myself and co-workers “testing” various possible scenarios.

Experiment:
First step – Grab up various coworkers and head to our friendly neighborhood watering hole.
Second step – Make contact with helpful bartender, Mike. Tell him of our educational needs.
Final step – Drink and make merry!

We headed to the Irish Haven in Sunset Park, Brooklyn for their weekly “Taco Tuesday” night. Despite the busyness, Mike was quite cheerful about both discussing our cool glasses and letting us know how they worked. He poured an IPA into one of our HTML Glasses and a Belgian Wheat beer in the other. Both poured perfectly in line with the glass’s indicators, though we were quick to note a difference after the pour.

HTML Glasses Full | UncommonGoods

Taking a tall drink by bar light is great; taking photos by bar light, not so much.

Turns out, given the height and shape of these glasses, they should be used for ales or lagers. The tall, thin style will keep them colder longer, and the relatively light head those beers come with will be well-showcased by the lean shape. Lighter beers will evaporate more quickly. Something like a good quality ale will work fine in this glass, but when you go lighter, like the Belgian we tried, it will evaporate too quickly and the head will be lost. If pouring a “sturdier,” heavier beer, it would make sense to have a wider glass, as this will allow the beer to breathe more. Those beers tend to have heavier foaming characteristics anyway, so one has to worry less about the head evaporating.

HTML Glasses | UncommonGoods

Mike explained that the quality of the beer also matters. The better the beer, the better the pour, the better the taste. If we poured a typical American ale into one of these glasses, it would likely not retain a good amount of foam on top, regardless of the quality of the pour or the quality of the glasses.

Conclusion:
Beer, in all its forms, is wonderful. But if you want to get the perfect pour of high quality lager or ale, these glasses will show you the way with style.

The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Personalities: Meet Kris Keenan

July 23, 2013
Kris Keenan | UncommonGoods
Kris Keenan, UncommonGoods Product Safety & QA Coordinator

My hometown is…
Nashua, NH

My favorite UncommonGoods product in my category is…
I’m a bit obsessed with all of the Uncle Goose blocks, especially the Counting Koi Blocks. I also love the softer style ones, like the Illustrated Animal Wooden Blocks.

I’m inspired by…
I’d love to give a sophisticated answer here, but the truth is: my mom (the voice I hear talking me down whenever I think life is too hard – because it totally isn’t and I’m just dramatic) and my dad (whose voice I hear if I try to cut corners, but also teasing me for not having more fun with life).

My guilty pleasure is…
I don’t believe in guilty pleasures – I relish all my vices.

An uncommon fact about me…
I have moved 18 times (counting apartment moves, as well as cities and states).

My favorite place to eat in New York City is…
Grimaldi’s Pizza all the way!

The word that best describes me…
If I’m honest – contrary.

Working at UncommonGoods, I’ve learned…
How to talk comfortably on the phone for business.

With a pile of stuff in front of me I would make…
(You’re given washi tape, sequins, colorful string, safety pins, and felt squares.)

I would make decorative garlands with my nieces, Star and Evelyn.

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