Friday, January 27th, 2017
Pretentious Beer Co. is the brain child of Knoxville glass artist, Matthew Cummings. The crafted beer bar celebrates all things craft and handmade. featuring craft beer, soda, kombucha and music. Matthew’s studio, Pretentious Beer Glass Co. is located right next door and you can enjoy your beer while watching the glasses being made.
PBGC originated from a small drinking club at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville, KY. Each Friday afternoon, Matthew would take off work early to sit in the courtyard and drink great craft beer with friends and co-coworkers. After a couple too many the club decided that he should make beer glasses for everyone.
He designed the Hoppy Beer glass and gave each member a customized version of that glass. After making that first glass, Matthew started to notice a lack of unique beer glasses for craft beer. “It was just such an obvious problem that it was invisible…hiding out in the open.” He started the Pretentious Glass Company as a remedy for that problem and spent over 6 months making, testing, and refining designs that highlight different styles.
All the glasses are made by hand in his studio located here in Knoxville, TN. No machines touch the beer glasses from PBGC! Despite the volume and breadth of distribution of these products, it is all still a one-man operation with the help of a few friends. This venue and artist is one you can’t afford to miss this year at Rhythm N’ Blooms!