Alright, I have finally found a store in Edmonton that will sell me various beer glassware at reasonable prices. And I mean very reasonable. They are called Russell Foods.
http://www.russellfoods.ca – check their site out.
If they have a location in your city or you are from Edmonton you should pay them a visit. They had a very classy showroom with all glasses on display. I was able to just grab the floor model, bring it to a salesperson, and wait. Then they priced out each glass.
I was able to buy approximately 30 glasses for about $90. Your standard pub glass is $1.25!
To compare, building this order on that Pub Glasses website would have cost about $200 to ship to Canada.
It feels good to finally have found a retailer to fill this need. The only thing I found very odd was that they did not have a respectable wheat beer glass! Very puzzling…
So I have been on somewhat of a quest to track down a store where I can buy specific beer glassware. If you have done your research (or you are from Belgium) you already know that the vessel from which you drink your beer has an effect on the whole experience. Besides merely aesthetic uses there are more tangible benefits derived when you drink your beer from the correct glassware.
Apparently there are not a lot of individuals in Edmonton to justify even one such retailer existing here. The only store I can find is a restaurant supply store. They do sell the glassware that I am looking for but only in large quantities (i.e. 3 dozen). I would tell you who this retailer is but that would only be marketing for them and I don’t believe they deserve any free marketing from me considering they can’t sell me what I want.
These people do though: www.pubglasses.com
At Pub Glasses I was able to find most if not all the glasses that I was looking for. You should go to the site and check it out. They even have a bit of information regarding what beer to drink from each class. I have found better resources for this:
The true benefit of the glassware is disputed. Personally, I just think it adds another element of diversity and appeal to acquire the “correct” glassware for each beer or beer style and use them. This will also give some variety to the pictures I take for the site!
As a caveat about the Pub Glasses site, I noticed in my order that they were charging quite a bit for shipping to Canada. I played around a bit with my order and I discovered that two types of glasses (the napoli and dimpled mugs) seemed to be driving the shipping charges. When I dropped these two items from my order there was zero cost for shipping. I tried both these glasses on individual orders and the site adds quite steep shipping charges.
So in summary, play around with your order if you have shipping charges – you may be able to get out of them! If you live in the US you are lucky anyway – flat rate shipping for you.
Update: They emailed me with the shipping charges for my order which were $90. So I cancelled my whole order. If you live in the US it is still a good deal!
There is a “Cask Night” tonight at a place called Next Act. Details:
8224 – 104th Street (aka just off Whyte and Gateway)
Starts at 6:00 PM and goes until the beer runs out.
Brewery supplying the beer: Alley Kat
This is going to be my first time attending the Cask Night at Next Act but will almost certainly not be the last. I plan to get out an enjoy more of the events in the local beer and pub scene this year. The key is getting in touch with good sources.
These are the type of events that are intentionally not marketed. It is considered a sort of reward for regulars. If that is you – we’ll see you there! I’ll post an update with my after event opinions