Any seasoned bartender will give you a list of bar annoyances that he or she has encountered over the course of their career. One thing that gets on my last nerve during a busy night is having stacks of pint glasses that are frozen together in the cooler.
To avoid this altogether, just be sure the pints are dry before stacking them. Since this is not always possible, you may find yourself trying to pry apart pint glasses without breaking them and possibly injuring yourself. Here are a few steps to be sure you get this done fast and safely.
Step 1: Identify the Gap
Two pint glasses become frozen together when they are stacked in a cooler right after being washed. You should notice that the pint, that is stuck “inside” the other, leans to one side. This creates a gap between the two pints.
Step 2: Wedge a Coaster in the Gap
A cardboard coaster works best, but you can use a bar napkin too. Place the coaster as close to the center of the gap as possible.
Step 3: Push Down to Separate
Lay the pints down so the coaster is on the bottom. Gently push straight down on the pint that’s inside the other. The coaster will cushion the glasses and prevent them from breaking.
Step 4: Pour the Damn Beer!
Credit to: Alex Herrara – La Casuela Mexican Restaurant and Bar