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Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Plastic Fantastic


Some bloggers like to be up to the minute and contemporary in regard to the news. I like to be weeks late and slightly irrelevant to the point at hand. Recalling the plastic glasses in rough pubs story I got given a plastic beer mug recently. I didn’t nick it, I got given it. Nor was I bribed, by evil product producers, but re-iterate to the few people that bother to read this tosh, I am fully bribe able and willing to say anything in return for free beer, money, sex or even those squeezy stress balls with company logos on. Free pens too, I like free pens.

Drinkers seem attached to drinking out of glass, but the history of boozing has all manner of beer receptacles from clay pots, pewter tankards, glass and more recently plastic. I confess to not minding plastic. It’s just grog, you throw it down your neck, and whatever it comes in is fine. Though I don’t like the soft plastic cups you get lager in at rugger matches. The hard placky one in student union bars make far better objects to throw at people and bounce off their heads.

The joy of this placky mug was that it has 2 layers, with a liquid between the layers with a thin lip at the top so you can get your gob round it. You freeze the mug and the liquid inside freezed and thus you have a mug that keeps your beer colder for longer. So is it any good?

Well, firstly it works. My ice cold lout was colder. Not so good as a device to instantly cool down a warm can of lout but it if the can is already cold, it keeps the lout ice cold and gorgeous. If you have a warm can of lout, half an hour in the freezer, that my tip. Drawbacks? Condensation on the glass. It doesn’t leek, but the coldness of it does draw the water molecules out of the air and onto the outside of the glass, creating a pool of water at the base of the glass which will drip on your shirt.

Does the plastic impart an off taste? This is ice cold lout, none of that nasty taste business here. Quality product.

Plastic, it’s the future. Though if no one’s gonna give you one, it’s not worth buying. Wait until you can nick one from a pub.

5 comments:

Wurst/Whorst- Brewing Arts Instructor, CEO APRK said...

Where do you draw the line? Would you drink from a plastic, over-sized wine glass?

Brewers Union Local 180 said...

Pewter stemware with a little pinky-sized handle (handy for hooking to belt) and an embedded digital clock.

The Beer Nut said...

I have a squeezy stress ball with the logo of a cooking lager on it. In fact, I have two of them. But you can't have one. They're mine.

VIP Electronic Cigarette said...

had the experience of the plastic flimsey pint which instantly collapses when full as soon as you pick it. Spills beer over anybody in 10 foot radius. Probably the reason why some pubs are rough in the first place.

The other type must come with 1 inch thick teeth breaker rim.

We go caravanning a bit, and for one I have managed to find a decent plastic wine glass... sadly still looking for pint pot.

Woolpack Dave said...

Free pens, good idea, my pens always go missing, where are they all? Did you come to my place and nick them all Cooking?