John Metcalfe was CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, covering climate change and the science of cities.
Finally, a beer glass with a 3D Mount Hood at the bottom!
For a sign of how much Oregon loves beer and the outdoors, consider the response to this Kickstarter project for a pint glass with a three-dimensional Mount Hood at the bottom: The project hit its $15,000 funding goal in a dang five hours and 15 minutes.
After 28 hours, that amount had doubled. The campaign still has four weeks to go, and its organizers are sitting on a virtual Smaug-pile of ducats—some $225,000 at last reckoning. (Note the glasses are not cheap at $70 a pair.)
So the world will probably see the debut of the "Oregon Pint Glass," a hand-crafted drinking accessory dreamed up by friends Nic Ramirez and Matt and Leigh Capozzi. The glass holds 16 ounces of frothy beverage and includes a see-through simulacrum of the state's favorite 11,250-foot peak, modeled on U.S. Geological Survey topographical data (get that plain old shaker pint out of here).
The creators explain its origins:
We made The Oregon Pint because we wanted a glass with a connection to the places where we live and play. We were seeking a glass that was crafted with the same skill, care and consideration as the beer we love to drink. The Oregon Pint delivers an enhanced experience when enjoying a beer and swapping stories after a ride, a day on the hill, or when gathering with friends and family....
The Oregon Pint delivers a connection to the mountains that surround us, and the satisfying experience of drinking a local crafted beer out of a local crafted glass—all made here in Oregon.
Let's hope those detailed ridges and canyons don't create unwanted foam. I mean, that is a humongous head on the brew in the above photo. Otherwise, nice work, guys; judging from the present response, it's easy to see success in your plans for more glasses "with a signature landmark in other states including, Washington, Vermont, California and Colorado."