Matthew Cummings at The Pretentious Beer Glass Company has produced another glass. While I love the Hoppy and Aromatic glasses, the Sauvin Glass is a great example of form and function combining in concert.
Named after the glassblower’s favorite hop (Nelson Sauvin), the Sauvin is an interesting glass. It combines a tulip aperture, a snifter body, and a narrow base. These serve somewhat obvious, if tradition-defying, purposes.
The large snifter bowl allows easy cradling of the glass and warming of the beverage within. The narrow base allows consumption from the glass with minimal warming of the beverage within. The large snifter concentrates the aromas. The tulip aperture is perfectly sized to permit drinking and inhaling in concert.
Despite my gargantuan hands, holding the snifter base to warm a beverage within the glass is an awkward proposal given the diameter of the hollow base. Much like The Imperial Glass, the two-hand hold is the only realistic application of this approach.
This glass shines with a dry-hopped IPA. With a larger aperture than the Hoppy glass, it doesn’t pack quite the same punch to the nostrils, but the overall drinking experience is far more pleasant.
Highly recommended, especially at the $35 price point.