Monday, April 27, 2020

Ale Horn

This Is What An Ale Horn From AleHorn.com looks like!
Ale Horn
Honestly, I think that my home suffers a lack of quirky barware. Sure, I have a few beer steins and number of Red Lobster glasses of every size and shape, but those options just aren't quirky enough for the over-the-top beer group parties that I'm hoping to start hosting again once the pandemic is behind us. Enter the ale horn, from AleHorn.com.

Have you ever wondered what beer would taste like if you drank it from a mug crafted from a bovine horn? Have you ever wanted to drink from a vessel worthy of being drunk from by Bro Thor? Yeah, me either. Still, an ale horn sounded like it would make an interest gift for my siblings this Christmas and it's never too early to do research. So, I bought one. The folks at AleHorn hand craft their Viking-style drinking horns from 100% ethically sourced bovine horn and also offer custom engraving including custom logos. I didn't go all out and have my family crest engraved on the front. I just went with my name on the handle.

The first thing I noticed about my ale horn was how light it felt. The weight is somewhat equivalent to that of a plastic cup of the same size. That's not really a bad thing, I just figured that the bovine horn material would result in a heavier tankard. I like the look of it, as it has plenty of natural marks that add character; my mug looks like it has a few stories to tell. But how does it drink? Will it make your beer taste weird? Some beers taste weird enough on their own, but, after sampling a few different beers in mine, I can tell you with confidence that the taste of your beer will not be affected. And the handle helps the tankard fit snugly in your hand while you drink. That being said, I do think that ale horns are best suited to thicker, heartier beers than, say, lighter beers. But, overall, I'm pleased with the result and will be ordering some more, this time with a prominent logo on the front.

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