Last night Mrs. Maister brought home a special pre-birthday treat for me - a bottle of Sheaf Stout. She was pretending to be the archetypical June Cleaver wife and served it to me already poured in a glass. When she presented it she could somehow tell I was mortified by more than just her acting skills. She served the beer in a tall colored drinking glass ! Looked kinda like these I didn't want to hurt her feelings but those tall drinking glasses are what should be used for drinking ice tea or maybe lemonade - certainly not for beer, I usually use pint mugs or pilsners for that.
That little incident has caused me to take stock of our drinking glass inventory. We typically pride ourselves in making do with less materially, but my god, we've got a ton of glasses: we've got a dozen 'regular' wine glasses, a dozen 'fine' wine glasses, a dozen crystal drinking glasses (only used for occasions like Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners), 8 or so tall pilsners, 8 or so champaigne glasses, 6 pint beer mugs, 8 or so smaller mugs, about 8 tall ice tea glasses, a dozen 'regular' drinking glasses we got for our wedding, and a dozen 'good' coffee cups. In addition to this, we have what I am going to call the 'crap cupboard'. This cupboard is filled with miscellaneous non-homogenous, mismatched drinking vessels accumulated over a lifetime from dozens of different sources long ago forgotten. We're talking about the big plastic cup from Steak n Shake, an orphaned glass whose 5 siblings were broken years ago, a gas station coffee mug, jelly jars, mason jars, a couple 'Empire Strikes Back' glasses, an 'over the hill' joke glass, a few plastic drinking cups from childhood foisted on us by parents, shotglasses from that trip to St. Louis or Washington DC..... you get the idea. Guess what we end up drinking from most often - yep, glasses from the 'crap cupboard'.
So does anyone else have a 'crap cupboard'? Any especially beloved stray 'Archie', 'Peanuts' or Coca Cola commemorative drinking glasses cluttering up our kitchens? Or at the other end of the spectrum how about any specialized drinking glass sets for your beer drinking, wine drinking, coffee drinking or other specialty beverage needs?