June 20, 2008

Little Pints, Big Problem

We've been noticing a disturbing trend lately, in the fact that a lot of restaurants are starting to serve their beer in smaller glasses. Yeah, there's still the chance to get the 30 ounce monstrosity at Applebee's or something, but we've been noticing "Lady Pints" (glasses closer to a half pint than a full one) popping up all over the place. For some reason in our area, it's most prevalent when you order Smithwick's. Apparently, we're not the only ones noticing it, and there's something even more insidious than truly smaller glasses - the use of "falsies."

Beer prices at bars and restaurants have risen over the past few months, as prices of hops and barley have skyrocketed and retail business has slowed alongside the economy.

Some restaurants have replaced 16-ounce pint glasses with 14 ouncers -- a type of glassware one bartender called a "falsie."

And customers are complaining that bartenders are increasingly putting less than 16 ounces of beer in a pint glass, filling up the extra space with foam.

Wall Street Journal [via Kegworks Blog]


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Posted by Jake Jamieson at June 20, 2008 11:16 AM
Recent Comments

Yes, pint has always been a misnomer here in North America. In Britain if you order a pint and it is short not only are you entitled to ask for a top up, but that cheeky barmaid/man just broke the law!

Standarize the measurement for 'pint' in America!


Posted by: smsmmns at July 8, 2008 4:56 PM

Most US bars I believe serve a 14oz "pint". I recall (many years ago) sitting down for a pint and being poured a full pint right out of a 12oz bottle! It was a college town and the bartender said basically pints sell and college kids don't care, which sounded good to me.

Posted by: tom at June 26, 2008 10:57 PM
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