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5 Holiday Glassware Decorating Tips

Posted by Boelter Beverage on October 23, 2015

Halloween hasn’t even arrived, yet the holiday ale season is here. As visions of sugarplums are far from being in full focus, craft brewers have already begun releasing their winter brews. Troegs’ Mad Elf Ale, for example, has been available since the 1st of October, while Great Lakes Brewing Co. just released their Christmas Ale on the 21st. 

So while storefronts, city streets and neighborhood homes have yet to unpack their holiday decorations, it’s the time of the year to order holiday glasswar.

Here are 5 holiday glassware decorating tips to help put you in the festive spirit, as we understand your mind is likely still fixated on dressing up in a costume rather than dressing up your glassware.


1. Pre-Designed Holiday Glassware Makes It Simple.

Decorating glassware for the holidays is as intricate and involved as you want it to be. For many, deciding what to do or how to decorate glassware can be stressful. But you don’t have to sweat it. Choose a pre-designed glass created by the Boelter Studio team. It’s the stress-free option, and your tasty holiday brew will be more festive for it.

You’ll find the Holiday Products Page every year at this time on, which features ready-made seasonal glassware–a handpicked selection of the most popular and stylish glasses to enhance the flavor of your seasonal beer.

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2. Frosting The Glass Without Really Frosting The Glass.

Craft beer drinkers are reminded often to not place their drinking glasses in a freezer to frost them. It will only detract from taste. There is, however, a new way to frost a glass that will enhance its flavor. A process called spray frosting. It creates the frost look on the entire glass–or it can be applied in patterns and shapes. Snowflakes, for example, can surround a glass, as if falling from the sky above. Spray frosted designs add a wonderful, upscale touch to any glass style.

You can also overprint colorful holiday decorations and icons on a spray frosted glass. It adds depth and character, which may be the ticket for your beer. Your options are virtually limitless–without truly frosting a glass and compromising taste.


3. Silver And Gold Trim Out The Holidays.

What would the holidays be without the network Christmas specials? There’s Frosty the Snowman, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. Who could forget Burl Ives singing “Silver and Gold…Silver and Gold”? So it makes perfect sense to trim the rim of your glassware with a silver or gold band! It’s elegant. It’s classy. It’s refined. And combined with other printing techniques, it can top off the ultimate holiday glass design–just what your holiday ale asked Santa for this year.

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4. UV Printing To Brighten Your Holidays.

Printing on glassware isn’t what it used to be. Thanks to UV inks, colors are more lively and vibrant. Whites as white as snow, reds as bright as Rudolph’s nose. After all, the holidays are a bright and cheery time of year. Good beer and good cheer go together, and printing with UV inks is the perfect complement. Let your beer shine in holiday glassware that shines. You’ll be surprised what a difference it can make!

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5. Clark Griswold Would Print 8-Colors…And So Can You!

Okay, we’re not suggesting you wrap your glassware in working Christmas lights–although that would present a new range of possibilities! But for this discussion, let’s just say you aren’t limited to printing in 4 colors. Believe it or not, you can print glassware today using up to 8 colors! So even if you were to go overboard a la Clark Griswold in decorating your glassware, be assured it won’t turn out as gaudy as the Griswold abode!

Just picture a beautiful photographic image instead. It uses more than 4 colors to achieve its colorful results. That’s all we’re talking about: more colors, more brilliance. Think of printing in 4-color process, like with a logo, and then adding special PMS colors above those four to complete your design.


These are just a few ideas to stir your creativity. What are your glassware decorating ideas? What printing techniques would you combine? What are your favorite holiday glassware designs? Share your comments with us here, or on twitter @BeerCup and Facebook. We’d love hear from you!

Happy holidays!

Topics: Beer, Glassware Decorating, Holiday Glassware

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