Put Your $6 Stella in this $500 Swarovski Crystal Chalice


Budding beer snobs are quick to write it off as the “Budweiser of Europe.” But sure, let’s go ahead and pony up $500 to make our Stella Artois slightly less high-end-piss-watery. In fact, we’re getting faint notes of pretentiousness with just a hint of this-is-why-you’re-broke.

Supposedly to harken back to the brand’s early days as a holiday-special beer, Stella Artois has partnered with Austrian luxury glass company Swarovski to create a limited-edition Stella Artois Crystal Chalice for the holiday season.


According to the press release, each glass is hand-blown and features a platinum rim around the bowl — excellent for laughing at your reflection when you realize you just dropped half a grand on a cup for a beer whose nickname in England is “wife beater.”

For that much, we’d expect this glass to be self-chilling and self-cleaning, but, of course, no such luck:

“As with all fine stemware, the Stella Artois Crystal Chalice should be hand-washed only.”



The Fancy-Shmancy Swarovski Stella Chalice: $500 @ Fancy

By Dominique Zamora

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

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