“Tun” references the mash tun, the huge vessel you’ll see outside the front entrance that converts grain starch to sugar in the beer fermentation process.
Have you ever looked closely at the glass that holds your beer?
Still others are designed by the brewery to enhance the characteristics of a particular beer style.
Then there are vessels in a league all their own, full or empty.
While glasses and cups of various materials and forms date back to ancient times, those with a lid came into prominent use in the Middle Ages, following the devastation wrought across Europe in the 14th century by the bubonic plague.
In parts of Germany, laws began to appear requiring covers for containers of food and drink, in order to reduce the spread of disease by hordes of flies.
They were all thrown on a potter’s wheel and finished totally by hand before being fired in a kiln.
Pewter, although it was expensive, became the most common material for fashioning the stein’s hinged lid and thumb lift.
Those tanks were a big impetus for opening this space—Pike Brewing will be able to increase their production by about 30 percent, said co-founder Charles Finkel, and put out some of the specialty beers they’ve had to put on the back burner, particularly during the busiest summer months.Shiny and modern in a way little of that area is, Tankard & Tun hasn’t been an easy construction project.The restaurant stands where four retail shops were before.The result was an object perfectly suited to hold fluids and to withstand hard everyday use.Early stoneware steins were decorated with incised or applied designs, and although some were a monotone brown or gray, many were decorated using cobalt (blue) and manganese (purple) glazes.