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Colorado Artisans Collaborate to Debut New Brews in Trendy Glassware

When it comes to appreciating craft beer, glassware is an important, but often overlooked component of the drinking experience.  I’ve always been fascinated by glassware and I’m constantly on the hunt for new and interesting pieces.  If we were to just go grab a beer out of the fridge and drink straight from the bottle, we’d be robbing ourselves of the appearance, aroma and other nuances that the brewer intended for us to enjoy.  Glassware allows us to experience all those little details and unique characteristics found in our craft beer.  After all, as much as 90% of what we taste comes from our sense of smell.

Recently, I came across Offero glassware, when it was featured in BeerAdvocate Magazine earlier this year.

The design blew me away.  It was a completely new take on a very traditional wine glass.

But the Offero wasn’t initially designed with the beer drinker in mind.  Gasp! The first Offero release was actually a coffee mug.

Earlier this year, it was named Best New Product by the Specialty Coffee Association of America.  As the line of coffee cups began taking off, Mitch Bangert, owner and designer of the Offero, had the idea to design a glass for Scotch, Beer and Wine.  Behold the Offero Omnis.

Was it possible that Bangert had reinvented the wheel with his line of Offero glassware?  I needed to find out for myself.  After contacting Bangert and getting the full scoop, I was ready to take it out for a test drive.  Brewtally Insane style.

As you put the glass to your face, your mouth goes on the lowest part of the rim, allowing the tall, curved back of the glass to wrap around your nose, which essentially traps the aromas for your enjoyment.  It’s a modern twist on a classic design and I’m happy to tell you that it really works.

I’ve been testing the glasses for the past few months (a tough job indeed) and I love them!  They’ve quickly become my “Go-To” beer glasses for everyday beer tasting.

If you’re a Denver local, you won’t have to go far to give the Omnis a test drive for yourself.  Just head over to Black Shirt Brewing Co. (BSB), one of Denver’s newest breweries, where they’re using the glassware exclusively in their tasting room.

BSB Co-Founder and Head Brewer Branden Miller says his brewery worked with Bangert and the Offero Omnis to test prototypes before they went into production.  Miller goes on to say BSB believes the Offero Omnis glass is “the best beer glass in the world!”, largely due to the fact that it not only “drives aroma, but directs it in a very precise manner”.

BSB Customers enjoy the Omnis too.  Miller says “Everyone is blown away by them”.  The Omnis have “changed and elevated the experience of drinking a beer at BSB”.  He’s witnessed craft beer drinkers at BSB “stop…and consider what it is that they are smelling and subsequently, the flavors that are coming through”.

I’d highly recommend this glass to any craft beer drinker.  For those of you that enjoy hosting tastings and writing reviews, I’d consider the Omnis to be a “must have” for your glassware collection.  With its’ unique shape, it’s not just a conversation starter, but also a functional and very thoughtfully constructed piece of glassware.

The Omnis come in both stemmed and non-stemmed versions.  A quick search on the internet revealed that a pair of glasses retails in the $21 – $28 range.  Do yourself a favor, save on shipping charges and pick up a set during your next visit to the BSB Tasting Room, where Miller sells them in pairs.

Black Shirt Brewing, one of Denver’s newest breweries to hit the ever-growing craft beer scene, is located at: 3719 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205.  Keep your eyes on our Weekend Beer Buzz for weekly updates on BSB tappings and hours of operation.

Offero is also based out of Colorado and can be reached here: OFFERO Vessels, 58 South Holman Way, Golden, Colorado 80401.

The collaboration of these two up and coming local companies is both exciting to see and a tribute to our amazing craft beer scene.  It’s just another reminder of how lucky we are to live in the great state of Colorado!  So raise a glass and pour yourself a beer to toast these guys.

Cheers!

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4 responses

  1. I had the chance earlier this year to try out the stemless Offero glassware. I found it definitely improved the aroma of the beer. I’d like to try the stemmed version next time as the stemless was a bit too wide to hold comfortably. Also, being someone who wears glasses, I found the glass a bit awkward to drink out of. The top of the glass hits my glasses and forces me to really have to tilt my head back a ways to get the last ounce or so of the brew. Still, it is a fun glass to drink out of – it sure is a conversation starter for sure.

    November 12, 2012 at 6:48 pm

  2. James

    How hard is it to get a full pint in one of those, though? I feel like it is common for patrons at taprooms to order a pint and get something less (in the US at least) – these seem to just make it worse.

    Seems like my nose is already pretty close to the beer and covered by the glass with a normal glass, this just makes it awkward to drink…

    November 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

  3. We are lucky enough to have our espresso paired with the offero cups. All of our customers are very impressed and the cups are really going the difference.

    Thanks Mitch for such a great and innovative products

    Taresso Artisan Coffee Roasters

    November 14, 2012 at 10:52 am

  4. I have been curious about these glasses. I am not a fan of the shaker pint, so always looking for better glassware. Thanks for the review

    November 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm