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Why Does Beer Taste Better in a Glass?

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The British brewing scene has never been more exciting, with hundreds of brewers producing thousands of distinctive, flavoursome beers ranging from light golden ales and delicate lagers to dark, rich stouts. And everyone knows of course that glass makes the perfect drinking partner – ensuring you enjoy the taste of these great British beers and nothing else.


There’s no odour from glass too, which is why it’s easy for it to preserve the amazing range of aromas of these special beers. Once you’ve had a beer from good glassware, there’s simply no going back.


Last weekend hundreds of brewers gathered in Sheffield at the annual BeerX event, the largest conference and beer festival for brewers and retailers in the UK.


Julian Grocock, Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) chief executive said: “To hold an industry event such as this in Sheffield is fantastic, but to be able to host a festival of beer for the public alongside makes it even better. We think people will be astounded by the quality and variety of beers on offer.”


Unfortunately, Friends of Glass didn’t manage to attend the event, but we would love to hear from those who did! What was your favourite beer? Do you agree that all good beer comes in glass? Leave a comment below or get in touch with us on Facebook or tweet us @FriendsofGlassUK.


Marmite Glass Jar Recycling Day

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Bottle Alley Glass, the Yorkshire based glass bottle recycling business organised a Marmite glass jar recycling day in aid of the charity PWSA UK on Saturday 17th November 2012 at MUSE Ale & Wine bar in Wetherby Yorkshire. Over £100 was raised for the charity through donations, raffles and sale of Duncan’s Beads special edition recycled glass Marmite jar jewellery. The 100 jars collected on the day will be de-labelled, crushed into various sized cullet and then fused into products by Bottle Alley Glass. An order for a House sign has already been received and ideas for a special Marmite glass bowl is being finalised by co-owner Philippa Ashbee.


The event was supported by MTT MUSE manager Nicola Outhwaite and her team who dressed in Love/hate it tee shirts as well as selling Marmite Love it Hate it food on the day with a donation being given to PWSA UK for every dish sold.


Duncan’s Beads received two Marmite jars from Bottle Alley Glass and hand crafted the jars into a selection of Marmite special edition bracelet, earrings, necklace and key ring and generously donated these to the event. Further orders were taken on the day.


The event was attended by some 30 members of the Geocaching fraternity who came along to log their visit for the “Love it Hate it” event and enjoy the Muse  hospitality.


Bottle Alley Glass owned by Daughter and Father team Philippa and Alan Ashbee buys unwanted waste glass bottles and jars and recycles them into sheets that are then fabricated into work  & counter tops, wall & floor tiles, splash backs and vanity units, shelves and feature light panels as well as tea points, cafe bars and trophy awards. The product is 100% recycled bottle glass with no added colourings or resins that is 100% recyclable at the end of its life.


Bottle Alley Glass also uses 100% sourced green energy to fire its three large kilns with most of the energy used on an off peak tariff.


Friends of Glass return to BBC Good Food Show!

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It’s coming round to that time of the year again when foodies from all over the country unite at the BBC Good Food Show Winter. This year Friends of Glass are returning to the Birmingham NEC, which takes place from Wednesday 28th November until Sunday 2nd December and will be asking visitors to have a bit of fun by taking a taste challenge!


People visiting the Friends of Glass stand will have an opportunity to put their taste buds to the test and win some great prizes by playing Taste Tester challenge.


The game is based on the new Friends of Glass Facebook application “Little Taste Testers” and consists of participants guessing various foods in glass whilst blindfolded. All players are also entered into the draw to win a scrumptious basket of goodies from Fortnum & Mason or a delicious gift set of Wilkin & Sons delicious preserves.



Visitors will also learn why choosing glass packaged food and drinks is the tastiest, purest, and healthiest option for their family as glass best preserves the taste, quality and nutritional value. It acts as a single layered natural shell which preserves both the flavour and vitamins of your favourite foods and drinks, keeping everything fresher for longer


Planning on coming to the show? We would love to meet all of Friends of Glass fans and supporters, come and say Hi! We’re on stand 210, Hall 18. See you there! :)


First steps for Friends of Glass at the Baby Show, NEC Birmingham 18-20th May 2012

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The Baby Show is the ultimate day out for new parents and parents-to-be, which is why the Friends of Glass team are very excited to be taking part in the Show for the first time later this month


Together with a host of experts who will be discussing a range of issues and concerns that mums and dads face on a daily basis, we’ll be looking forward to chatting to visitors to our stand about glass and why it really is a brilliant choice for them, their kids and the environment.


We know from our research that many people who are concerned about their own and their family’s health often prefer to buy things packaged in glass. Glass keeps food and drink fresh and full of natural vitamins. Glass packaging is also easy to clean, sterilize and re-use, which makes it a perfect choice for a baby’s bottle.


According to a survey conducted by InSites in 2010, 62% of mums said that they prefer glass packaging for baby food & drink.


If you’re planning to visit the show, do come and say hello to us on the Friends of Glass stand and find out more about why glass is the safest choice for your baby’s health. We’ll also be giving away a free Friend s of Glass baby bib to all who become a Friend of Glass on the day – and offering a great chance to win £350 worth of shopping or spa vouchers in our competition. Hope to see you there!