Alambika is proud to finally be able to offer the Pontarlier Bistro absinthe glass model. Large, heavy and strong, this is arguably the typical glass many enthusiasts have in mind and consider "real glass".
Made in France by the house of La Rochère, the Pontarlier Bistro glass is the model of thick glass that you could find at all the good cafes in the area serving absinthe in the early 20th century. This glass is manufactured in a less traditional way, which allows to have a standardized and always equal glass since it is designed in molded glass.
The attribution of the name "Pontarlier" to this glass format originates from an advertising panel made from a painting by Charles Maire, a local painter.
The first traces of the glassware company date back to 1475, in a place called Les Rochiers, in France. After being ruined by fire and war, it was rebuilt and in 1666 the ovens were in operation again, and they still are today. In 1960, the name officially changed to ''Cristallerie La Rochère'', and the following decades have brought refined technologies and machines to facilitate the ever expanding production. Despite this renewal, La Rochère still embraces the art of handmade and mouth-blown glassware for some of their items, and in 2008 they were honored with the title of ''Patrimoine Vivant'', which is dedicated to the French enterprises who embody the country's history and traditions.