History of the Yard of Ale Glass
Commonly referred to as a "Coachman's Quaff," the Yard of Ale glass has a unique and distinguished place in drinking lore.
First recorded history of the glass places it in the year 1863, when this "glasse of a yard long" was first drank to toast the health of King James II.
The main use of the Yard glass, however, was for stagecoach drivers, who were able to drink from the oversized mouth of the glass while keeping both hands on the reins. Its long neck also made the glass easier to hand to him on his elevated stagecoach.
Fastest Yard Of Ale
Yard glass sculling competitions (to empty the contents of the glass the fastest) are predominant in both British and Australian culture.
Each yard glass holds about 3 pints, or 48 fluid ounces.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Peter Dowdeswell of Earls Barton, England, drank a yard of ale in 5 seconds on May 4, 1975.