Shiny and modern in a way little of that area is, Tankard & Tun hasn’t been an easy construction project.
The restaurant stands where four retail shops were before.
While glasses and cups of various materials and forms date back to ancient times, those with a lid came into prominent use in the Middle Ages, following the devastation wrought across Europe in the 14th century by the bubonic plague.
In parts of Germany, laws began to appear requiring covers for containers of food and drink, in order to reduce the spread of disease by hordes of flies.
Molding techniques were also extended to glass, and pressed glass made its introduction in the mid-1800s.
Glass, too, offered exceptional decorating possibilities, including etching, enameling, coloration in the glass itself, the application of glass rosettes and ribbons, transfer decorations, and various combinations of these techniques.
Have you ever looked closely at the glass that holds your beer?The result was an object perfectly suited to hold fluids and to withstand hard everyday use.Early stoneware steins were decorated with incised or applied designs, and although some were a monotone brown or gray, many were decorated using cobalt (blue) and manganese (purple) glazes.Although, thankfully, that threat has long passed, beer steins retain their characteristic lids.And, until recent times, the covered beer stein has been primarily a product of Germany.