We recently acquired this stemmed bar glass (shown above) less than 6 inches tall which raises many questions. Searching through the old DCC minute books and Scots Wha Hae issues we discovered:
The event called a Sinners’ Bonspiel first appeared in Nov. 1940 and remained on the calendar until it was changed to Sinners’ Bonspiel & Breakfast in Nov. 1950. The word Bonspiel was last used in Nov. 1971. Beginning in Dec 1971 Sunday mornings were designated Sinners’ Breakfast & Curling. Eventually, Sunday morning calendars would use the term Sinners’ Meeting or just Sinners.
The events were always held on Sunday mornings – 9 a.m. breakfast and 10 a.m. curling. In 1945-1947 they shared one-half the ice with 10 a.m. ice skating! We have not uncovered the format of a Sinners’ Bonspiel, but we assume it was an open draw: teams formed on the day of the event based upon who wanted to curl.
Therefore this glass could have been used anywhere from the 1940s to the 1970s. We did not find any reference to Devil’s Brew. Searching the Internet we did not find a bartender’s recipe for Devil’s Brew (accept for a modern-day drink that used Red Bull) nor could we find the specific name or style of this stemmed glass or when a savvy bartender would use it.
We end with more questions than answers and a new item in the collection.