An Honest Pint

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: in which I get on my high horse about weights and measures.

There are two ways to make money. The first is to generate sales, and the second is to cut costs. One can do either of these honestly, or dishonestly. The last time I set up a bar, I was approached by a glassware salesman about my choice of pint glass. The sales pitch was simple. He had a nifty glass that looked like a pint, but had slightly thicker walls and a thicker base, while maintaining the same outer shape. The end result was a glass that was 2 oz smaller in a deceptively normal shape. In other words, I’d be able to cut my cost of goods sold (and the beer in your glass) by 12.5%. For a second, I was enticed. My boss would probably be thrilled to see the cunning decision, but it didn’t sit well, and I chose a proper pint in the end.

Since then, sitting at a bar over a 14 oz “pint” gets my knickers in a knot. At Standard Brewing, a pint is 16 oz. If you are ever in doubt about the volume of your pint shaped glass, pay attention to the weight of it in your hand once you finish the beer. “Cheater pints” will be slightly heavier, and feel a bit sturdier. Another tell-tale sign is the thickness on the bottom. Here’s a visual aide:

It is important to note that those mason jars with handles kind of pull the opposite trick. They look like less than a pint, but they actually are. These are not under scrutiny here, unless someone has some intel that I do not. Anyway, back to whatever it was you were doing, and I’ll see you at the brewery for an honest pint when you’re done. Or a 12 oz pour of a strong ale. Or a 5 oz taster. Here’s the current tap list:

  1. Rye IPA
  2. West Coast IPA
  3. Imperial IPA
  4. Pale Ale
  5. Wheated Red Ale
  6. Cascadian Dark Ale
  7. Imperial Rye IPA
  8. Belgian Strong Ale
  9. Single Hop w/Citra Hops
  10. Bière de Garde
  11. Auld Alliance
  12. Bee’s Wine Ginger Beer