Roughly one year ago, I had dinner and beer at Bull City Burger and Brewery. The dinner was delicious, the beer only okay. I noticed that they had some nice-looking frosted pint glasses for sale, so I bellied up to the bar to buy one (and get another beer while I’m there, because why not?), and I found out that it wasn’t a glass at all, but a flexible silicone Silipint! I had to check it out, so I forked over the $10 and took my “glass” home.
After running it through the dishwasher once, I tipped an Aviator Devils Tramping Ground Tripel into it. I was worried that it might generate way more head than a glass glass, but I didn’t have any problems, and the 16oz cup held the 12oz beer and about an inch of head just fine. The head did dissipate a little differently than it would have in a glass, clinging to the sides a bit more, but I wouldn’t say that’s a problem. Because it’s impossible to see the beer clearly through the frosted side, it’s not ideal for tasters who really get into the color qualities of their beer, but its translucency lets you at least understand whether it’s a light or a dark beer. So there’s that.
The tripel was tasty as usual, but the cup definitely had a rubbery smell that tainted the beer’s flavor significantly. The Silipint website claims that the slight “new car” smell, as they put it, goes away with time and fresh air, so I have been using it as a bottle cap catcher for the past year, a task it performs admirably.
This week, I finally had the opportunity to give it a real test run. My wife and I went to see The Princess Bride at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheater. We just discovered their “Movies by Moonlight” series, and plan to go see several more before the summer’s out. Anyway, I had a bomber of New Belgium’s Gruit sitting in the fridge, just begging to be drunk, so I took it and the silipint along.
Review time: Gruit is a really interesting beer, and I appreciate New Belgium’s effort to take what was historically a way to make terrible beer palatable and make something actually good out of it. My take on the brew is that it’s quite similar to New Belgium’s Trippel, but with far less body. Some of the herby/woody notes are more exotic than those found in Trippel, but between the two, Gruit simply loses for me. Lips of Faith beers are always a bit of a gamble, but never true losses. Even the not-so-great ones are worth experiencing, if only for the nuance.
But you’re here about the cup, and on that note I have great news.
No rubber smell or off tastes whatsoever! I’ll admit it’s a little strange to drink beer out of a rubber cup, but I am happy to report that a whole year is definitely enough time for this cup to lose its bad taste.
My original plan for the cup was to give it to the drunkest person at parties to keep them from breaking my glasses, and that’s probably worth a few extra bucks. However, now that I know it works for non-wasted people, I’ll be using it much more regularly. I’ve moved my bottle caps to a standard plastic cup, and I’ve got a cool project planned for them in the next year.
IN CONCLUSION…If you’re really into the rubbery drinkware and willing to put in the time (~1 month to a year or more to banish the odor), Silipint also offers a range of other fine sili-products, including the 9-oz “Shorty,” the 8-oz “half-pint,” the 1.5-oz “shot,” as well as lids and gift packs that include stainless steel 64-oz growlers. Drink up!