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Nonic Glassware Design

Nonic glasses evolved from the conical pint glass. The convex ring was added to make it easier to hold onto. More importantly, it reduces glasses from sticking together when stacked - less surface between the glasses mate and create friction - which results in fewer rims that inevitably chip when unstacking glasses. This is where the name derives.

Nonic glasses are wider and larger in volume than an average pint glass. Most tap and cask beer in England is served in the Nonic.

Other Names

English Pub Glass
British Imperial Pint

Typical Sizes

20 Imperial fluid oz (568 mL, 19.2 US fl oz)

An authentic Nonic holds 1 Imperial Pint. These commonly have the English Royal Crown etched in them, which symbolizes this size.


Soda Lime Glass


Slightly wide diameter, sloping outward
slightly wide diameter supports moderate drinking
outward slope supports a foamy head
outward slope causes stacking washed glasses to stick and chip the rim


Slightly wide diameter, slightly taller height, sloping outward
outward slope supports a foamy head
slightly taller height keeps beer cold
outward slope creates a pretty color gradient - lighter at the bottom and darker at the top
outward slope is easy to hold onto
light outward taper allows stacking clean glasses for concise storage
convex ring prevents stacked glasses from sticking and chipping
convex ring is easy to hold onto


Slightly wide diameter, thick glass bottom
slightly wide diameter provides stability
thick glass reduces heat transfer from table
thick glass lowers center of gravity for stability


Thick glass is safe for rough handling and festive toasts
Thick glass is safe for dishwashers
Thick glass reduces heat transfer from surroundings


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