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Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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Marc -

Short me 2 ounces of beer I am paying for and I can guarantee no matter how good the pizza, no matter how good the service, I won't ever be back. I guess they figure a lot of people won't notice. I think I would.

The Professor -

It's outrageous. And an apparently spreading trend.

I recently ordered a beer in a "Fridays" type of establishment. I was asked--specifically-- if I wanted a "pint" or a "24 oz" size. I specified a pint. What came was one of those gimmicky Sam Adams glasses sporting a healthy head of foam. I called them on it, in a very non-confrontational way and was assured that I had received a pint of beer. At that point, as my yet untasted beer was reaching a more civilized temperature and the foam was receding, I requested an empty shaker glass to illustrate my point. Not surprisingly, when I transferred the beer into it, it was only about 3/4 full.

Evidently, the food/beverage industry has taken it upon themselves to redefine a pint measure. I guess I'm just a fussy traditionalist that expects something approaching 16 or 20 ounces (depending on the venue).

The bar manager topped up my beer, and while I haven't returned there, it's been reported that they are still pouring pints less than 14 oz. Let's see what the Weights & Measures folks I contacted have to say about it. (as they used to say on TV, "film at eleven")

Bill Night -

The thing is, a beer gauge is useless against a cheater pint, since it measures the gap at the top of the glass. You have to notice the boot in the bottom of the glass to know if you've got a cheater or not.

I just put up a picture that compares a 12-ounce bottle poured into a cheater and a shaker. Basically, if you get a cheater pint with one finger of head, you have 12 ounces of beer.