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Why do steins have lids?

The steins with their lids seem to have come about as a result of the bubonic plague to serve as sanitary measure and thus keep flies and other insects (fleas) out of the beer. From about 1340 ...
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Removing detergent residue from glassware

Generally, washing and rinsing properly first time should mean this problem doesn't happen. If it does, vinegar is an excellent residue remover. Rinse the glass fully in clean water (no soap). Rub ...
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Disposable glass for flaming shots?

Plastic will melt really quickly. Glass might even shatter if it's not the proper type. You need something made out of Pyrex (or similar type glass). I couldn't find Pyrex shot glasses, but they do ...
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Fake Glencairn Glass?

Happy to confirm this is indeed a legitimate Glencairn Glass. The design on the base stamp was updated in 2019, along with the box design with the latest QR code specifically introduced for those ...
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Ordering a Drink in Non-Traditional Glassware

I believe the type of glass you are looking for is called an "Old Fashioned glass" named for the cocktail typically served in it. Depending on the size of the drink you may possibly want request your ...
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Why does my slice/wedge of lime go up and down in my glass of Gin and Tonic?

Pieces of lime are slightly denser than a mixture of water and alcohol, and so they will naturally sink at first. However, they also encourage carbon dioxide gas to come out of solution and form ...
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How did South Australia come to have smaller measures of beer?

In short, it's because of taxation. In the Commonwealth of Australia's Parliamentary Debates of 1904 (p.8534), The Honourable Chris Watson (who went on to become the 3rd Prime Minister) made a ...
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What type of stemware is this?

They are probably dessert wine glasses for sherry or port. Today they usually have a longer stem, especially mondern designs, but in the past, there were quite a few short stem sherry glasses and ...
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When, where and why did the tradition of clinking glasses and saying "cheers" or "to your health" first start?

There is the usual great stuff relating to 'Toasting'. From wikipedia - which is normally correct. I then had a quick look at snopes.com, they proclaim the following to be false: Q: Why do people ...
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What's the growler?

See the Wikipedia article on it of course: Growler (jug). A growler is a glass, ceramic, or stainless steel jug used to transport draft beer in the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil and ...
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Do different beer glass shapes really make a difference in taste?

Studies have shown a correlation between a foods presentation and the perceived goodness of the taste. So even excepting the usual reasons for matching a beer style to a glass style (head retention, ...
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What types of glasses are used for Fortified Wines?

What types of glasses are used for Fortified Wines? First of all, why even use port or dessert wine glasses? Port glasses unveil the seductive nuances of dessert wines and are intrinsically decadent ...
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What's the growler?

This is what a growler looks like: It typically holds beer (usually 64 U.S. fl oz. or 1,892.7ml). Source.
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Fake Glencairn Glass?

I don't know if it is real or a fake, but if you are in doubt, I'd return them and buy from a reputable vendor. The same glass is available from Crate and Barrel at a reasonable cost. There are plenty ...
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Fake Glencairn Glass?

If you are asking if the glass was made by Glencairn Crystal, then the answer is: no, not likely. For one, the URL on the top of the box in your photo is different than the one that you will see if ...
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Why do steins have lids?

I believe the lid was also used during the Revolutionary War to keep the Kings naval soldiers from throwing a British coin into the beer of an unsuspecting drunk colonist in a tavern. Legend has it ...
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Drinking from a pewter mug?

So many white metal alloys are called "pewter" in the present day that there's no way to tell if you don't know the manufacturer. Traditional pewter had lead. You probably don't have ...
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Drinking from a pewter mug?

I doubt very much there are any detectable metallic elements in the beer you're drinking from being a few minutes in a pewter tankard - however old/ antique pewter does contain lead, and likely is ...
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Do different beer glass shapes really make a difference in taste?

I spent many years in Germany and other European countries drinking many different types of beer...I can tell you, for me, a Pilsner is best served in tall thin glasses, export beer in mugs, ...
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