Brewery partners with glassmaker


Bell's Brewery teamed with glassware maker Spiegelau to create the Bell's Wheat Beer Glass. Photo via

A brewery has partnered with an Austrian glassmaker to create a special glass for several of its signature beers.

Bell’s Brewery in Galesburg said last month that it worked with Spiegelau to develop the American Wheat-Witbier Glass, or Bell's Wheat Beer Glass, to elevate the drinking of its Oberon Ale, Winter White Ale and Oarsman Ale.

The glass resembles other glasses Spiegelau has made for breweries Dogfish Head, Sierra Nevada, Left Hand Brewing and Rogue Ales.

The company made a stout-specific glass with Left Hand and Rogue and an IPA-specific glass with Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada.

Hundreds of glasses

The glass for Bell's Brewery came after its VP Laura Bell and Director of Operations John Mallett, among others, tested more than 500 glasses brought out of Spiegelau’s collection.

The final concept was developed during design workshops and tasting panels led by Georg Riedel — owner of Riedel, Speigelau’s parent company — and Speigelau VP Matthew Rutkowski.

“As with previous workshops, we challenged conventional thinking and presumption of what a wheat beer glass should look like,” Rutkowski said. “The new glass works to bring faint aromas into sharp focus.”

Bell said the brewery cherished the opportunity to work with the Austrian company.

“John and I met with Georg and Matt in Portland to taste wheat beers from a variety of different glasses, discussing pros and cons of each,” she said. “To be involved in a project that enhances our three core wheat beers — Oberon, Winter White and Oarsman — was a tremendous experience. This glass will allow craft beer enthusiasts to enjoy well crafted, very drinkable, but also complex beers on another level.”


The glass can be purchased at the Bell’s General Store in downtown Kalamazoo and on the brewery’s website

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