A Product of Kreative Concepts LLC
The idea for The Beer Hopper began in the fall of 1995. I was driving home from work one day and was listening to Jim Koch talk about his Sam Adams beer. He was talking about the fact that they use Noble Hops which cost 10 times what normal hops cost. I had an idea what a hop looked like, but just to confirm it, I went to the library and checked it out. I decided then and there that people should have a classic mug, shaped like a hop, from which to quaff their favorite microbrew. The idea was born! This wouldn't be an ordinary mug. It would be special. Only limited quantities would be made available and it would be patented to protect its uniqueness.
Now, I can't draw myself out of a paper bag, but my father can. I asked him to help with the art work. We worked together and came up with some initial designs. I met with a patent attorney here in Research Triangle Park, NC and filed for the patent in October of 1996. The patent was granted in February of 1998. The patent number is: D390,334. You can read all about it by searching for the patent number on the government's patent and trademark web site: www.uspto.gov.
If you visit the photos page, you will see the initial prototype for the mug. It is not much different from the finished product. However, the logo area on the prototype is rectangular, not circular. The prototype was much thicker and didn't have quite as much volume as the finished product. However, it served its purpose when searching for a mould maker and glass maker.
After getting the prototype, I started looking for a place to have the mugs made. I got a list of several Hand Glass shops and started narrowing down the search for just the right one. I finally settled on Mosser Glass Inc. in Cambridge, OH. With their help, I found that Island Mould and Machine Inc. in Wheeling, WV was where the mould would be made. I started dealing directly with Island Mould and Machine to have the mould built. I have to say that Tom and John Weishar at Island Mould, and Tim Mosser at Mosser Glass were very easy to work with and I have nothing but praise for them.
The mould was delivered to Mosser Glass around the 1st of October and I received the first Beer Hoppers on Friday, Oct. 10, 1997.
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