Having a standard collection of drinking glasses is all well and good, but you need a few glasses with style now and then. BenShot glasses, such as their 11 oz. Rocks glass has a unique object stuck in the glass's side, something probably no other USA-based drinking glass has. Besides glasses with embedded objects, you can also choose glasses with various familiar and unique etching designs.
Plus, a family of gifted glass artisans makes each BenShot glass, so you know you're getting something made with a family's love and care. The company is also Wisconsin-based, so you get the charm of buying a unique item from a classic American small business.
BenShot is a family-owned company based in rural Wisconsin, started up in 2015. What began as a fun father-son project soon became a full-blown business. All their "bulletproof" whiskey, wine, beer, and shot glasses stand out with unique objects embedded into the side of the glass. Such things include various bullets, golf balls, and hockey pucks. Many glasses have other American symbols, like eagles and American flags, that the company can etch into the glass.
What's even cooler is that the BenShot glass workshop started on the grounds of a repurposed furniture factory that Thomas Edison—yes, that Thomas Edison—used to own. The old workspace and the surrounding woods seemed an excellent place to make unique glassware, and that's where they've remained since.
BenShot uses high-tier glass furnaces and only seven hours to complete each unique piece. No glass is made the same way twice, with different combinations of etchings and embedded objects, making each one a truly individual piece.
All BenShot Glasses are hand-made right in Wisconsin, meant to evoke patriotism in detailed and long-lasting artwork. Using designs original to the company, BenShot's products have proved especially popular with veterans, hunters, and law enforcement workers. Of course, sports and drinks enthusiasts—anyone, truly—can enjoy the product too.
In true small business style, BenShot donates some of its proceeds to charitable organizations as well. They've given contributions to over 500 non-profit organizations that support the families of police and fire departments and the military.
What We Like Best
The BenShot 11 oz. Rocks Glass is undoubtedly one of a kind. We love how not one glass is like all the others. If you like a shot glass that has a golf ball but no logo, they've got it. If you'd like a wine glass with no golf ball but an American flag etching, they've got that too. The design possibilities are practically endless. Many of the logos available for etching are also unique to the company.
Not to riff on products made elsewhere globally, but it's also lovely to support USA-made products. Plus, it's cool to own a glass made in a factory that the great Thomas Edison once owned. Nothing more American than a glass made in a place that a great American icon once used.
The family-run aspect of the company genuinely shows through. From selecting your glass to shipping, everything runs smoothly. The company will work with you to make sure that your glass arrives safely and promptly to its final destination. The packaging is also pretty strong, making sure the glass stays perfectly intact until you open it.
As a bonus, each order comes with a few cardboard coasters to enhance your drinking experience.
The glass itself is pretty strong too. The objects usually stay in place outside the glass, and the glass is fashionably thick. While it is an extra $15 for a centered etching, it is worth the price since it takes up most of the glass.
Overall, the idea behind BenShot glasses is one of the most unique we've ever seen. It proves to be a great conversation starter repeatedly, no matter the glass, the design, or the object inside it. Plus, the glass is a better gift pairing with your friends' favorite drink instead of a regular old glass.
What We Don't Love
It rarely happens, but the objects embedded into the glasses sometimes come out during transit or even when you take the glass out of the box. Luckily, BenShot's customer service is stellar! If the glass you get is not what you ordered, they encourage you to email the company, and they'll send you a replacement free of charge.
It's also a small complaint, but some people might prefer that the company offer wine glasses with stems. We understand why BenShots might not provide them since the embedded objects' center of gravity would not work with the stem. However, that's not to say that a stemmed wine glass cannot at least have an etching on it. A BenShot glass does not require an embedded object to be a work of art.
Finally, if only BenShots would pay homage to other sports besides golf and hockey. Some people might wish for a basketball or soccer ball instead. Again, we understand why BenShot glasses would not have those balls, as they are not to scale, and it's cooler to have an actual golf ball or hockey puck. Still, other people might wish for a great company like BenShots to represent other favorite sports.
It's hard to think of anything bad to say about BenShot Glasses. Time and again, they impress customers with excellent construction, a unique idea that works, and friendly customer service.
Even if you don't plan to drink from your glass, it's still a fantastic piece to display your patriotism or love of sports proudly. Either way, the glass should last for several years, and you can keep on collecting them for yourself or your friends.