This Iga-yaki beer tumbler is specially designed for perfect sips of beer. One of the most important things to determine a good beer is its head (the frothy foam) created on top when the beer is poured. The inside of the tumbler is not glazed so the beer can take full advantage from the porous Iga clay. The coarse texture of porous Iga clay tends to retain the beer foam longer and make it creamier.
Keeps the beer cold for a longer time
Before serving beer, we suggest you fill the tumbler with cold water and drain once, then keep refrigerated until ready to serve. When you pour beer, the tumbler stays cold for longer time with the effect of “heat of vaporization”, caused by the absorbed cold moisture in the tumbler (a little science here…when the moisture in the wet tumbler evaporates, the energy spent for the evaporation cools down the tumbler as a result, caused by the absorbed cold moisture in the tumbler).
True “Terroir” of Iga
Iga region, where this pottery is made, used to be the bed of Lake Biwa about 4 million years ago. The clay is coarse and consists of a high level of pre-historic fossilized microorganisms that leave the clay porous when fired. With this effect, when Iga-yaki (Iga-style) pottery is crafted by artisanal hands, it creates the signature wabi-sabi (“unfinished beauty”) look. This exceptional wabi-sabi beauty of Iga-yaki pottery has been praised by pottery lovers in Japan over centuries.
Authentic Iga-yaki pottery by Nagatani-en
Iga-yaki pottery is one of Japan’s most highly-regarded traditional ceramics, and is said to have originated in Iga, Mie-Prefecture in the late 7th Century. This product is made by a leading producer of Iga-yaki pottery since 1832. At Nagatani-en, each product is made by hand with care. Nagatani-en’s Iga-yaki products have been loved by both professionals and home cooks in Japan.
Your authentic Iga-yaki pottery develops its character as it ages
Authentic Iga-yaki tableware or pottery can develop its character as you use it over time. The color and texture could change slightly, or tiny crackles ("kannyu") could develop inside. These are all the welcoming characteristics of Iga-yaki's historic wabi-sabi beauty, and we hope you enjoy using this pottery for a very long time.
All the donabe and Iga-yaki products made by Nagatani-en are hand-crafted with care, so every piece is unique and no two pieces are identical. There are slight variations within the color/ shade, shape/ curve, and patterns, among pieces, and that makes each piece so special. Also under different lighting and angle, the actual color shade and nuance may also appear slightly different from the photos in the product page.
Size: 3.1” diameter x 4.7” high (8 cm diameter x 12 cm high)
Capacity: 8.5 oz (250 ml)
Material: Clay Producer: Nagatani-en Origin: Iga, Japan Included in the package: Beer Tumbler and English instruction sheet.
Usage and Care
Hand wash only.
Leftover should not be stored in the product, as the porous clay could absorb the moisture and smell of the contents over time.
Avoid any sharp temperature change on the product, as it could cause cracking.
Do not freeze the product, as it might crack.
Do not set the product on direct heat.
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