The Nonic pint glass is a variation on the conical designed beer glass, where the glass bulges out a couple of inches from the top; this is partly for improved grip, partly to prevent the glasses from sticking together when stacked, and partly to give strength and stop the rim from becoming chipped or “nicked”. The term “Nonic” derives from “no nick”
In the U.K. by law draught beer must be sold in Imperial measure (e.g. pint = 568 ml) Despite this emphasis on accurately measured glasses, there is a practice of defining a pint of beer and lager as only 95 per cent liquid. It is common for drinkers to be served less than a full 20 ounce (568 ml equivalent) pint of liquid — either because too much of the glass is taken up by a foamy “head”, or simply because the customer has been sold a short measure. Despite this the British Beer and Pub Association have issued guidelines for bar staff to respect a customer who asks for a ‘top up’ to a full 568 ml pint. So Next time you are in Britain just ask for the Pint to be served to the rim of the glass.
The Glass4ever Nonic glass is a 55 cl beautifully shaped glass easy to stack and clean.