Glassware producer Spiegelau has announced the launch of what it says is the world's first stout-specific beer glass, developed in collaboration with Rogue Ales and Left Hand Brewing Company.
The new glass was developed over a year-long series of design workshops and tasting panels led by Riedel crystal glassware owner Georg Riedel and Spiegelau VP, Matthew Rutkowski. Eric Wallace of Left Hand Brewing Company, Brett Joyce of Rogue Ales and experts from each brewery tested a selection of stouts ranging from Rogue Ales’ Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout to Left Hand Brewing Company’s Milk Stout.
“John Maier, our brew master, was intimately involved with the tasting and selection process of the stout glass. His proprietary palate and knowledge of the ingredients used in brewing was essential in choosing the right glass to highlight the rich, roasted malts that we grow on Rogue Farms," says Joyce. "The final glass that Spiegelau designed and we selected highlights the flavors and nuances of stouts best."
Eric Wallace, president and co-founder of Left Hand Brewing Company agrees, noting “At Left Hand, we are committed to constantly improving beer quality and the beer drinker’s experience. Glassware that directly impacts beer flavor is yet another step towards our goal, and Left Hand Brewing is proud to be a part of this.”
Hundreds of glasses pulled from Spiegelau’s glassware archive were tested against a variety of the brewers’ own stouts with the ultimate challenge of finding a glass shape that had the most profound effect on the aromas and flavor profiles of each Stout beer. After narrowing the archive glass options down to a handful of shapes, Spiegelau’s German factory created six, final prototypes for testing all stouts, varying by several millimeters in height, bowl width, angle and capacity. After many deliberations, Left Hand Brewing Company and Rogue Ales separately and unanimously determined that the Prototype “C” Stout glass delivered the optimal taste, aroma and mouth feel to enhance Stout beers.
“Witnessing Stout beers explode onto the American craft beer scene was a light bulb moment for me," says Rutkowski. "I realized we could do for Stout what we did for IPAs. Left Hand and Rogue are known leaders and innovators in the field of Stout brewing, so they were obvious partners, and I was thrilled when they wanted to get on board.”