Posted: October 9, 2012
With his usual scotch glass in the dishwasher, George Manska pulled a squat little vessel off his shelf. It was the result of a mistake he’d made in a glass blowing class, and it was just the right size for a single-malt pour.
As he sipped, he realized that somehow the glass was enhancing his experience.
Manska was curious why he did not detect the smell of ethanol in his scotch when using the glass. Using some reverse engineering, he figured it out and wrote a patent for the NEAT glass (Naturally Engineered Aroma Technology), which was named the 2012 Best New Bar Product by Vegas Seven. But before he launched his barware business, he needed some evidence to explain why his glass enhanced the flavors of his drink.
A chance encounter connected him to UNLV and chemistry professor Spencer Steinberg. At an awards dinner, Manska met Dave Emerson, an emeritus chemistry professor in the College of Sciences (Emerson died earlier this year). Manska brought along two prototypes of his glasses, as he always does, to have an after-dinner drink.