If you open up my cabinet expecting flimsy water glasses, you’ll be sorely disappointed. It’s not that I drink an abundance of beer, or anything of the sort. In fact, I don’t drink alcohol at all. No, it’s the sturdiness of the pint glass that I like. Thus, I’ve replaced all of my glasses with sturdy thick-bottom vessels that can withstand the rigors of a heavy roleplaying session or boardgaming adventure.
But then I saw what Toast had on offer…
You might recall that we took a look at the cool wood-grained wraps that Toast puts on consoles. Editor Bryan Ertmer liked the look at the PlayStation 4, as you can see in his review. We hold gaming nights at my place pretty frequently, and I saw a perfect opportunity to dress up some of my pint glasses. I’m not talking about dressing up my glassware in a fine grain wood. No, we are hell-bent for leather!
Not content with wood-wrapping technology, the Oregon-based team at Toast has created hand-stitched leather cuffs made to fit pint glasses, and not just their pint glasses, but any 14 or 16 oz. pint glass. Before we get into the particulars, it’s time to pick from the ten real-leather colors. Soft and full-grained, your options are all drink themed. Scotch (a dark brown), Dark and Stormy (a dark grey), Mojito (green as a mint leaf), Syrah (a deep wine color), Bluetini (it’s blue, naturally), Cosmo (pink), Lemon Drop (yellow, of course), Stout (dark enough to make your spoon stand up in it), Moscow Mule (copper as the mug you’d normally use), and Prosecco (a soft pink unlike the Rose wine its named after) round out your options.
The cuff itself will run you $24.00, with custom text being a $5 addon. There are five fonts to choose from — Gogoia, Baskerville, Helldorado, Meddon, and Porter, specifically. You can place two lines of up to 11 characters each on the sleeve, though short and sweet will probably look best. There are also 16 laser-etched symbols you can add as a $5 addon including hops, a kissy face, a bicycle, a tongue-out winky face, a circle that says “Do Epic Shit” and and 11 gender symbols, some of which I’d never even seen before — way to be inclusive!
If you want to go the full monty, you’ll select the custom design option. While the initial one is a $30 addon, every subsequent cuff you make is only $10 additional as the team doesn’t have to do any additional art setup. As long as you own the art you are uploading (or have permission to use it) you should be able to use most things, though simple vector artwork is always going to have the best outcome. For me, I used the simple Gaming Trend typefont logo and had two cuffs made.
As you can see, the finished article is absolutely gorgeous. The outside of the cuff is a soft and finished surface, with the inside being a still-supple grainier leather to grip the glass. Holding the cuff together is pigmented waxed thread that is crosshatched and sealed off at both ends. This means you won’t have any loose strings hanging, and the cuff will remain steadfastly held in place.
Beyond the aesthetics, there is function. These cuffs help keep your cold drinks from transferring moisture to your hand, ensuring you can keep a solid grip on your beverage of choice. As these aren’t vinyl or some other cheap material, usage only makes the leather look aged and distressed, but they should hold together for years to come.
Perhaps it’s being surrounded by the majestic beauty of Oregon (I once lived on Bly Mountain in Oregon as a kid, rode a Toboggan down the mountain to catch a bus into town to get to school, hauled water back up the hill — all the tropes!) but the Toast team understands that we get one shot to keep this planet alive. As a result, they donate 1% of their net sales to environmental non-profits, and plant seedlings through Trees For The Future.
Toast pint glass cuff
Quality coasters, clay chips, and metal card guards will dress up a gentlemanly poker game. Soft durable playmats, balanced dice, and a knotted bag to hold them prepare you for any adventure. These supple leather cuffs from Toast make the perfect accessory for these and any other gatherings where a nice cold beverage will be served.