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How can we improve Oregon beer? By making sure it's served in a real pint glass.

Posted by Michael on December 19, 2007 at 9:25 p.m.
Most "pint glasses" in Oregon are only 14 ounces. When we ask for a pint, we're getting robbed. Let's change that.
How can we improve Oregon beer?  By making sure it's served in a real pint glass.

We like beer. As such, we read the amazing Beervana blog. He has recently posted something which I feel I must call your attention to: a call to action to make sure that when we order a pint, we're actually getting the full 16 ounces. Now, before you go crying out nanny-state or something equally knee-jerk, please listen to what this project is about.

A pint is 16 ounces. For me, it's usually 16 ounces of beautiful and tasty Oregon microbrew. However, when you go to the wrong place, you're not getting a full pint. A surprising amount of restaurants and bars around town use"cheater pints" - glasses that hold at most 14 ounces, or less if there's head. Most people, even owners, aren't aware of this. Beervana has made an effort to reward the fine establishments that use honest pints with his Honest Pint Project, but that's reactive action. It's time to turn this fight proactive.

The Measures and Standards Program of the Oregon Department of Agriculture is in charge of making sure that things weigh and contain how much they're supposed to. However, they don't have an active program to ensure that we're not cheated when we ask for a pint. We think that there should be one. Sign the petition. Contact your local legislator. Let's make sure that in Oregon, home of the best damn beer in the world, when we order a pint we can be sure that we're getting what we pay for.


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  • Thanks for the ink--and sign the petition!

    Posted by: Jeff on December 19, 2007 at 10:04 p.m.
  • On a related note, a couple years ago, almost every company's half gallons of ice cream mysteriously became 1.75 quarts of ice cream, yet cost the same. This is supposedly due to the rise in the cost of vanilla beans due to bad crops in Madagascar, but that was two years ago and they haven't gotten bigger and prices haven't gone down... In short, don't let them make your glasses smaller or else they'll only keep getting smaller.

    Posted by James on December 19, 2007 at 10:20 p.m.
    • How do you know all this stuff?

      Posted by: Susan on December 21, 2007 at 10:23 p.m.
      • Don't ask! If his cover is blown he'll have to go home to his home planet.

        Posted by Michael on December 22, 2007 at 2:22 a.m.
      • I read news all the time instead of actually getting useful things done.

        Posted by James on December 23, 2007 at 11:37 a.m.
  • You think that is bad? How about 75% of all liquor sold in the United States being falsely labeled. As a result of cheaper liquor being made during prohibition, after alcohol was remade illegal, fake vodka for example was still being permitted to be sold as VODKA when made from grain and FLAVORED as vodka instead of being made from potatoes. Almost all the vodka sold in the USA is illegally mislabeled as vodka instead of "vodka flavored grain alcohol." This is the same with rum sold in the USA. Most of it is "rum flavored grain alcohol" misleadingly sold as just "rum."

    Posted by: Chuck P on December 20, 2007 at 4:37 a.m.
  • The project needs some swag. Can we design pints with the "Honest Pint Project" name on them? That would be awesome. Or buttons.

    Posted by Ben on December 20, 2007 at 7:50 a.m.
  • a pint glass should be twenty ounces, allowing for four ounces of head. if we're going to use outdaded english measurements for everything else we do, we might as well adopt the one that actually makes sense.

    Posted by: jibbajabba on December 20, 2007 at 8:13 a.m.
    • At least theres a way to differentiate between the american "pint" (16oz, NOT 14) and an "Imperial Pint" which is 20oz, and if its truly proper, the glass should be stamped as thus.

      Posted by: beer drinker on December 20, 2007 at 12:09 p.m.
  • Ben, I like your thinkin'.

    Jibbajabba, that's how they do it in England. The pint glass is stamped by an official seal, and the pint line is physically drawn on the glass--below the rim to allow for head. So this is definitely a worthy suggestion. But at this point, I'd take a straight honest pint--those 14-ounce shakers often result in a pour of 12 ounces. An outrage!

    Posted by: Jeff on December 20, 2007 at 8:52 p.m.

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