On Thursday, the British government unveiled a new shatterproof pint glass. There are currently two different prototypes in the works; both are hard to break and will keep the glass shards together if they do. This comes in response to the country's growing problem with alcohol-related glass attacks. Who knew?
According to British Home Secretary Alan Johnson, there are about 87,000 of these attacks every year, some very serious. We even read a story about a bloodbath in a London bar in which 50 pint glasses were smashed in a minute and one person's eye popped out. Sounds more like a horror movie than a night out at the pub.
We must be visiting the wrong bars, because we haven't encountered crazy glass-smashing brawls in Houston. But pint glasses do break a lot during normal usage. On our last visit to the St. Arnold's Brewery, two different people broke their pint glasses in about an hour. And that was at noon on a Saturday. We're sure those customers would have preferred to have their commemorative St. Arnold's pint glass made from shatterproof glass.
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The shatterproof design also keeps the beer colder longer. No more warm beer, and no more fear of glass attacks? Genius.