A Yard of Ale
One of my favorite places at the Broadmoor resort is the
Golden Bee, an authentic
19th century British pub which was relocated from England to Colorado Springs.
It has a great Victorian feel, and they continue the tradition of the "yard
True to their name, a yard of ale" is three feet tall. Designed for
British stagecoach drivers, the yard-long beer glass was used to allow safe
drinking and driving:
"The earliest reference to this type of glass was recorded in the diary of a
John Evelyn in 1685. He referred to the Sheriff and the Commander of the
Kentish Troop in Bromley drinking to the health of King James II from a "glasse
of a yard long."
The story goes that the glass was specifically designed to meet the needs of
stagecoach drivers who were always in hurry to get to their destinations.
The glass had to be long enough to hand to the driver without his having to
leave the stagecoach. The design of the glass meant that the stagecoach
driver could drive without losing control and drink at the same time. He
could also have his glass refilled without letting go of the reins."
A yard Beer - three feet tall, 64 ounces
The yard beers are somewhat tricky to drink, especially after about 48 oz, the
most difficult part comes into play, the tipping-up of the yard beer to get the
remaining beer at the bottom of the bulb: