Be Prepared For Oktoberfest!

Be Prepared For Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest is becoming big business in the UK. We’ve not quite reached the 7.7million litres consumed at the German event in 2013, but with themed events popping up everywhere from Edinburgh to Shoreditch, and with over 50,000 people last year heading to the London events alone, we’re certainly on our way.

As a number of Oktoberfest events are set to turn many UK cities into boozy Bavarian wonderlands over the next two months, why not join in on the festivities and give your customers a traditional German experience? Here at Stephensons, we’ve picked out some perfect products that will help transform any bar into a bier-hall!

Moldau Pint-To-Brim Tankard

This toughened tankard is one of the only pint-to-brim 12-sided glasses available in the UK and will eliminate any chance of wasting your glorious German beer. This glass also features a nucleated bottom to keep the contents effervescent for longer.

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Two-Pint Glass Stein

If any expression fits the spirit of Oktoberfest, it’s surely – ‘two pints are better than one’. Give your customers an authentic German glass and reduce bar trips with this durable, traditional stein. You could say… two beer-ds with one stone.

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Spielgelau Wine Glasses

Oktoberfest isn’t only beer and schnitzel. Wine fits into the festivities too, with such customary favourites as the sparkling Schlumbeger often served. These glasses come from Spielgelau, a company based in the Bavarian forest since 1521. So, if anyone knows German glassware, it’s surely Spielgelau!

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Isar Shot Mug

This quirky item is a miniature tankard repurposed to be a shot glass! It features a detailed dimple design and a sturdy handle, with a perfect serving capacity of just 1.05 oz.

What could be more German than serving shots of Jägermeister in a mini-stein?

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Das Boot - Glass Beer Boot

Legend has it that a German general promised his troops could drink beer from his boot if they were victorious in battle. After the triumph, he commissioned a glassmaker to fashion his boot from glass, both fulfilling his promise and avoiding any foot-flavoured beer. Thus, the bierstiefel was born. This iconic glass is inherently tied to German culture and is a unique way to serve pitchers of beer.

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Dimpled Beer Glasses Make The BBC News

Dimpled Beer Glasses Make The BBC News

The traditional dimpled pint glass has today made the headlines, Stephensons catering equipment suppliers explains why.

It’s true that this once hugely popular beer glass came close to extinction, with the last factory to make the handled beer glass closing in 2001. Pubs and bar opted for straight beer glasses such as the conical, nonic and tulip which are designed specifically to enhance lager and are much easier to stack and store!

Today, BBC News published: “Visit in your mind the fictional British pubs of the 1980s – the Woolpack in Emmerdale, the Rovers Return in Coronation Street. Someone orders a pint of bitter at the bar. What is it served in? A glass tankard. With handle. And distinctive dimples.”

Now though, the dimpled glass has made a reappearance in pubs across the country. We’ve noticed the growing trend develop over several years now, owing to the surging popularity of real ale. In fact, all the way back in 2012 we posted Britannia Dimple Tankards Make A Comeback to the Stephensons blog, with a report from CAMRA shining a light on the independent pub industry which forecast the future of the UK brewery sector.

Manager at the Shacklewell Arms in Dalston, east London, Rose Dennen said: “It’s not old men with flat caps and whippets drinking out of dimple glasses, now you’ve got hipsters, girls in skinny jeans and fashionable Ts, drinking craft beer. There’s an appropriation of the traditional by the hipster culture. There are so many beards in Dalston, and they do love a dimple.

“There’s a huge array of stemmed glassware in Belgium, Germans have the beer stein, and the British have dimpled pint pots – it’s a nice iconic British tradition to hold on to. They also have a really lovely feel when you put them down on a beer mat – they are solid and reassuringly comforting.”

Flick over to page 271 in the new Stephensons catalogue, and you’ll see that we’ve added a number of new beer tankards to this years’ collection. In addition we’ve now also added polycarbonate dimpled glasses to the range, which are ideal for outdoor summer events and the imminent 2014 World Cup!

Moving away from beer, glass tankards are also great for cocktails too, increasingly bars are adopting handled glassware and dimpled beer glasses for serving cocktails. Then there’s Henry Stephenson’s favourite product from this year’s range; a trendy take on the traditional handled glass – it’s the ultra-cute mini handled shot glass!

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Ensuring Your Glassware Sparkles

Ensuring Your Glassware Sparkles

Whilst it is rare for diners to comment on how clean an establishment’s glassware is, dirty glassware is an all too common complaint and one that can leave a lasting impression on your reputation.

As an independent catering equipment supplier, we recognise the importance of clean glassware and know which products can help achieve the sparkle you’re after. Below are Stephensons’ top tips for ensuring your glassware is up to the high standard your customers deserve.

Your choice of warewasher will depend largely on the size of your establishment, and ensuring you choose the right size is vital. Opting for professional advice will ensure your warewasher fits your exact needs. Regular maintenance and annual servicing will also help ensure your warewasher remains reliable throughout its lifetime.

Wasting energy can incur costs similar to those incurred by loss of custom. To avoid this predicament, ensure your machine is always used to its full capacity. If your racks are only partially filled, you are effectively throwing money down the drain.

Getting the most out of your warewasher can depend very much on which detergent is used. Cheap products often fail to remove streaks and may lead to re-washes which wastes both time and money. Using a quality glass renovator every so often is a great way of renewing the sparkle in glasses which have been subjected to repeated wash cycles. Additionally, glass renovators remove films and deposits from glasses which improves both the beerhead retention and the lacing of beers.

Remnants of lipstick on the rim of glassware is a massive turn off for any customer and often acts as a precursor to increased scrutiny of your establishment. Additionally, your profits are quickly eroded as a result of replacement drinks. Using Quash Lipstick Remover can eliminate these worries for good, as its concentrate formula and foam pad are specifically designed for pre wash removal of grease and lipstick from the lip area of glassware.

The growing beer tankards trend

The growing beer tankards trend

2012’s growing trend of establishments using glass beer tankards has so far continued at pace in 2013. In response we have made a few additions to our, already extensive, beer glassware range.

Owing to the surging popularity of Bavarian themed bars, such as the Bierkeller bars in Liverpool and Blackpool, our updated glassware range includes 2 pint Handled Beer Steins, the perfect vessel for heady wheat beers.

We have also added a mini tankard to our range, in the form of the Duralex 3.5oz Istikan Mug, which is a must-have for any establishment keen on offering its customers try-before-you-buy beer samples.

Remember, plain and dimpled beer tankards are not only ideal for presenting beer and ales, but are a great creative presentation option for cocktails too!

Our full range of beer tankards can be found on page 233 of the Stephensons Catering Equipment 2013 catalogue, or online at