Common Questions About Pint Glasses
Which type of pint glass do I need?
The two major types of pint glass are the shaker pint and the nonic, or Imperial, pint. The shaker is also known as an American pint glass because of its popularity in the USA. A flat-bottomed glass with a cylindrical shape, the shaker expands as it goes up. This simple design is easily stackable, which in turn is appealing to bartenders with limited space. Shaker glasses are also quite easy to clean. These glasses are the most commonly used type in American bars, usually holding 16 oz.
On the other hand, the nonic or Imperial pint glass has an expanded area near the rim that purportedly helps stir up the aromatic element of the drink and enhance the overall flavor. This glass shape isn't stackable because of the bulb near the top, but the changing shape creates a glass that feels distinct in your guest's hand. This type of glass is also called an English glass.
Other glasses offer a fusion between the two, including aspects of both. A hybrid glass such as these is typically called a pub glass—a term that encompasses a range of shapes and sizes. One common style of pub glass stays thinner near the bottom and flares out as it goes up before straightening up again at the rim, with a more gradual curve than the Imperial pint. All of KaTom's offerings have pictures of the glass so you can see exactly what you're ordering.
Which pub glasses are stackable?
Stacking glasses is a great way to save storage space in a crowded bar; however, not all shapes of pub glass are designed to be stacked. While American glasses can be stacked easily, glasses with curves—such as the Imperial pint—cannot. If storage space is limited in your establishment, consider purchasing straight-sided glasses such as traditional American or shaker styles.
What is a drinking jar?
A drinking jar is a pint glass designed to resemble a typical glass jar. These sometimes have handles, but often look just like a jar someone would use to store preserves or hold pickles. Along with fitting into the reawakening of classic culinary traditions, these jars also appeal to the recent trends of farm-to-table dining and cultural cooking. Though drinking jars may not fit every establishment, they provide a unique look and would enhance anywhere with a rustic aesthetic.