Crystal Imagery is now offering Personalized Mason Jars! Engraved Mason Jar Mugs are an excellent wedding favor, wedding gift or something special for your bridal party attendants. Etched mason jars are an enjoyable way to serve up your mixed drinks, draft beer, iced tea, soda and more. These handled jars create a fun way to bring a little country into your home or bar and are popular country wedding favors. Our custom mason jars are the perfect gift for a couple, boyfriend, husband, girlfriend, wife and as a housewarming or birthday gift for someone special. Because these vintage style mason jars are so versatile, we have created unique and fun designs that are suitable for everyone and every gift occasion. Not only are our monogrammed mason jar mugs great drinking glasses, they are cute vintage style flower bud vases as well and would look fantastic on the tables at your wedding reception with either a bouquet of fresh wild flowers or a tealight candle within them for your DIY wedding. These rustic mason drinking jars with handles are durable and long lasting and will add character and charm to your drink ware and home bar or kitchen assortment or are great vessels for crafters.
Our engraving process is actually called sand-carving. It’s a unique process that blasts away a background design, leaving the monogram initials and lettering untouched and raised from the mason jar surface in a stunning 3D manner. These wedding favors and gifts are truly unique and the quality is unmatched by simple engraved and etched styles. Dimensions: top diameter: 2 5/8”, bottom diameter: 2 1/2”, maximum diameter: 4 1/8”, height: 5 1/4”, capacity: 16 oz. Made in the USA. Not recommended for use with hot beverages.
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With the holiday season on the horizon, it’s time to think about gifts to give to family, friends and loved ones. If you are like most people, you will probably be content with the usual choices. But why not use a little more imagination and do something different this year? Think of something out of the ordinary, something different.
Here are 6 of our own gift ideas for this holiday season:
Our personalized whisky glasses can be the perfect gift for men including your husband, brother, dad or boss. Available in a number of variations, including scotch, bourbon and double old fashioned bar glasses, these beautiful, elegant and classy glasses can be personalized with deeply engraved monograms to make them truly unique. Whoever receives the whiskey glass with his name engraved on it is sure to love it.
If there is a home brew enthusiast among your family, relatives and friends, then a personalized beer growler will make the ideal gift for him or her. Our beer growlers come in several different designs, including many monogram options, and are complete with a screw cap, which makes them safe for storing beer for any length of time. They can be engraved with a three dimensional monogram to give them a unique and classy look.
Are you are planning to host a wine tasting party and worried that you and your guests may not have enough knowledge of the different types and brands of wines? There is no need to lose any sleep over it because you don’t have to be a wine connoisseur to host a wine tasting party. In fact, you can turn your lack of expertise into an advantage by turning the event into a fun and educational party that will leave lasting memories.
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Before drawing the plan, you should decide whether you want to make “wine tasting” the star of the show or just the “supporting act”. If it is the former, then selection of the wines should take precedence over the selection of food. If it is the latter, then it should be vice versa. In both cases, you will need an assortment of wines.
The next step is to select a style or theme for the party. It could be anything you like, such as a “California Wine Tasting Party” or “Australian Wine Tasting Party”. If wine tasting is not the main event and just the sideshow, then select your theme accordingly.
Once you’ve got your theme, choose the wines that will go best with the theme. Don’t worry if you know practically nothing about wines. Pick up a wine like a wine connoisseur and say to yourself, “This is my favorite wine; I wonder what it tastes like”. When choosing wine, one thing you must make sure is that the wine and food complement one another. Otherwise, the event will likely end in failure.
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Now decide how many guests you want to invite. If it is a small number, you can seat everyone around a table to create an intimate environment where everyone can taste the wine together and share their experience. If the number is large, then you can have a cocktail party in a large room or hall and set up a number of wine stations. Guests will move from one station to another in a predetermined order, tasting the wine served at each station.
With the Christmas gift giving season quickly approaching, you’re certainly seeking some high quality, unique gifts for that special outdoorsman. Whether he loves hunting, fishing, or simply has a grand appreciation of nature and wildlife, he’s going to love these beer mugs. Featuring woodlands animals such as a bear and whitetail deer, as well as a duck and fish, this engraved beer mug set is a show stopper. Our master glass carvers will carefully carve away the background panel, leaving the barbed circle and animal design raised from the glass surface in a beautiful three-dimensional manner. Unlike simple engraved or etched products, our carved barware glasses are leaps and bounds above the competition.
If your special man loves fishing and hunting but prefers whiskey, scotch or bourbon, we have the same wildlife design in a custom whiskey glass set too.
Check out our wildlife wine glasses, pilsners, highball glasses for mixed drinks and cocktails, and our pint glasses that make a great all-purpose drinking glass for the entire family. Our wildlife glasses make the perfect addition to a log home or mountain retreat kitchen, your man cave or home bar as well.
Imagine that you have a big keg of beer that you can dip your mug into whenever you feel like having a drink. If the mere thought made you lick your lips, then you should seriously consider home brewing your own beer. Home brewed beer is all the rage these days because it’s cheaper and you can control the strength to suit your own taste.
The most common ingredient that goes into making beer is barley. Barley is a hardy cereal with coarse bristles, cultivated especially for stock feed and, you’ve got it, brewing. However, it is not the only grain that you can use to make beer. You can also use other cereals like wheat, rye, oats and sorghum.
Before you can use barley to start brewing beer, you need to prepare it through a process called malting. Fortunately, you can buy malted barley, which is what most brewers do. This will save you a lot of time and trouble. Malt provides the sugar that yeast consumes during fermentation. The higher the concentration of malt you use, the stronger your beer will become.
Other ingredients you will need for home brewing your own beer are hops, yeast and water. Hops are added to provide the bitterness to balance the sweetness. They are added in much smaller quantities than malt. They are available in pelletized form for convenience. Yeast converts the sugar in malt into alcohol and carbon dioxide. The process is called fermentation. Alcohol is what you drink beer for and carbon dioxide gives the beer its fizz.
Now that you have the ingredients, there are only a few more steps involved – provided the malted barley you have bought has already been mashed. Mashing involves soaking the malt in hot water in order to chop the large starch molecules into smaller sugar molecules. Most malt meant for home brewers have already been mashed, so you don’t need to worry about it.
The first step is to get the equipment that you will require, such as a stainless steel brew kettle and some buckets. Create a thick solution of water and malt, which is called wort (so as to distinguish it from fermented beer) and boil it. Boiling kills the germs, makes it more easily fermentable and helps make the finished product more stable. When the wort is boiling, hops are added to it. The boiled wort is then cooled.
The next step is to add yeast to the cooled wort and wait for fermentation to take place. Depending on how strong you want your beer to be, you can allow fermentation to last from a few days to a few months. After the fermentation is complete, you can bottle the beer in beer growlers or keg the beer, ready to be served. Now that you have learned the art of home brewing your own beer, the time has come to indulge yourself.
When it comes to drinking beer, what is substance without style? In order to enjoy your beer fully, you need the right company and the right glassware. The latter translates into exquisitely beautiful and elegant crystal beer mugs, glasses and pilsners. Crystal Imagery, Inc. is renowned for its distinctive barware that is designed to add romance to every drop of beer you drink. What could be a more stylish way to drink home brewed beer and impress your guests than this?
Who doesn’t dream of owning a beach home and enjoying some coastal living on a regular basis? Well whether that dream has already come true for you or you’re still working on getting that ocean front beach house, we have some seashell themed glasses that are sure to please even the most discriminating tastes.
Featuring a conch shell, starfish, sand dollar and scallop shell, our designs are deeply carved one at a time by our master glass carvers creating a three dimensional finish that makes jaws drop.
Ahoy, Matey! We’ve set sail on a new adventure with these beauties! Whether you own a beach home, are the captain of your own ship, or simply wish you had a house in a coastal city and need to pretend a while longer…we’ve got you covered with some nautical glasses and nautical barware. Offering four different designs and sold as a set, our nautical glassware features a captain’s wheel, anchor, compass rose and a sailboat design all beautifully hand carved to create the perfect gift for your favorite sailor.