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Yard Glass

This distinctive glass is three feet (1 meter) tall with a wide, flared opening at the top, a long thin body, and a ball-shaped bottom. It can not stand on its own and requires a wooden support when not being held. It is also known as an “aleyard”, a “yard-of-ale”, or a “Coachman’s Quaff”.

This style of glass comes in both ˝ and 1 yard varieties. These hold about 1.5 and 3 pints (0.7 and 1.4 liters), respectively.

Its unique shape was ideally suited to ensuring that stagecoach drivers could reach beer-filled glasses handed to them at carriage stops.

In modern times, it is said that in Britain and Australia there are competitions to see who can empty the glass contents fastest.

Yard Glass