You just plunked down $5 for a “pint” of beer. Pop quiz: guess how many ounces are in the glass in front of you?
All across the country, restaurants and taverns regularly serve patrons less than 16 ounces of liquid. This isn’t against the law and there aren’t any standards that enforce a uniform measure. The result is a market in which some pubs serve beer in 20-ounce imperial pints while others use glassware as small as 14 ounces. There’s no transparency, and patrons often end up unwittingly paying a premium for beer served in small glasses. In other countries, like Germany and England, volume is listed on the glass so patrons can compare prices based on equal measures. It’s fair for beer drinkers, and it’s good for the marketplace.
The Honest Pint Project is an effort to bring transparency to glassware volumes. The intention of the project is to promote the use of glassware that ensures a patron receives 16 fluid ounces of beer. This requires retailers to serve beer in glasses of at least 18 ounces, but preferably 20 or more (the “imperial pint” glasses imported from England and Ireland are ideal examples). You paid for a pint. Now make sure you received one.
On this site is a growing list of “Certified Purveyors” of honest pints. Have a look at the list, and find out how you can certify your local pub. The goal of the project is to reward retailers that sell honest pints and to encourage the others to switch. As a grassroots effort, it will require your participation. Join the effort today!
New Purveyors of Honest Pints all over the country!
Check out the Certified Purveyors page for details.
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The Honest Pint Project is currently being 'retooled'. Jeff went off to write a book, and a few of us took it over - however, certifying is a bit legally iffy (without legal standing such as some of the Bills in play), so we are in the process of recreating how this site can best work.