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04th Jul 2018

Scientist claims the shape of the Guinness pint glass is all wrong

He has suggested a controversial new design

Paul Moore

Can’t see Guinness drinkers taking to this one.

As a seasoned Guinness drinker myself, I’m more than happy to revel in the fact that people who love a pint of the black stuff are the fussiest drinkers around.

That’s a compliment.

As fellow Guinness drinkers will know, we’re more than happy to walk an extra few minutes just to get a ‘decent pint,’ argue about the merits of one bar over the other in terms of their Guinness taps and, well, we’re always examining the side of the glass to see how well the creams sticks to the edges.

It’s the life of a Guinness drinker and that’s why we’re prepared to wait those two extra minutes for the pint to settle before that sweet nectar of the gods touches our lips.

As the famous slogan says, good things come to those who wait.

This being said, it’s arguable that no other people in the pub are as curious about the design of a pint glass – and the presentation – than Guinness drinkers and on that note, a recent claim by William Lee, Professor of Industrial Mathematics at the University of Huddersfield, has piqued our interest.

As you can see in the video below, Lee argues that the composition of the bubbles in a pint of Guinness aren’t best suited by the current ‘tulip-shaped’ pint glasses that we all know, use and love so much.

He claims that unlike other beers/lagers that have bubbles composed of carbon dioxide, Guinness is unique because their bubbles tend to sink in a glass.

Taking this into account, Lee has proposed a new design for the famous drink and here it is.

Basically, it’s just an overgrown martini glass.


If you’re curious to hear why this is a decent idea – well, decent in terms of science – then take a look below.

Somehow, we can’t see this design catching on but it’s pretty interesting.

Clip via – Tech Insider