As a homebrewing enthusiast, I'm constantly trying to improve my process and my equipment. I'm busy making a DIY bottle tree to dry my bottles right now. The British, quite probably the world's best drinkers, have been hard at work improving the vessel of beer delivery, the pint glass. Two new shatter-proof glasses have been unveiled by the British Home Office, designed in collaboration with the Design Council.
Why bother with a shatter-proof pint glass? According to Yahoo! News “[t]here are about 87,000 alcohol-related glass attacks each year, with many resulting in hospital visits.” Holy smokes that's a lot of beer-related violence! My biggest worry when I break a glass is how soon I can replace it, not whether or not some shard will soon make its home in my neck! “Officials swore the country would save billions in health care costs by coming up with a glass that doesn't double as a lethal weapon.”
Always a resourceful people, the Brits were sure to highlight a secondary benefit to this new shatter-proof pint glass: “The glass could keep the beer colder for longer.”