In 2012, India Pale Ale, or IPA, officially became the most popular craft beer style in the U.S., according to the Symphony IRI market research, which tracks suds sales figures.
There’s a reason one out of every five craft beers bought is an IPA: It’s often higher in alcohol, and its rich, nuanced, hop-heavy flavor promotes repeat sips. But despite gaining traction with drinkers, it has essentially been couch-surfing in glassware built for other fun punches.
To capitalize on the trend, Spiegelau (pictured left) is releasing a glass specifically designed for downing IPA. The German stemware stalwart tapped IPA-making heavies Sam Calagione (founder of Dogfish Head) and Ken Grossman (co-founder of Sierra Nevada) to help make the prototype, which features a narrow, ribbed stem that helps aerate the beer so you can breathe in IPA’s signature fruit and caramel aromas with each tip.
The new brew vessel should start arriving in bars and stores this month.