Some time ago we reviewed the complex scheme of regional beer glass sizes used in Australia. It's bad enough trying to keep on top of what a "pot" or a "schooner" means from this state to the next but it is worse when bars take the extra step of cheating the system as The Sunday Mail discovered and explained in this week's issue:
Asked to explain the shrinking beer, Calamvale Hotel manager Colin Pascoe said the pub did not serve the 250ml glasses as pots. "We don't have pot glasses we have pilsener glasses and they are 250ml. People don't ask for pots much these days. Most people like to get stubbies," he said. But when The Sunday Mail ordered a pot of beer at the Calamvale we got a 250ml glass of Hahn premium light for $2.50 and a receipt listing our "pot" of beer. The same thing happened at the Paddington Tavern where $2.60 bought a 250ml "pot" of Fourex Gold. Manager Anita Ho refused to comment. Both pubs, which are owned by the McGuires Hotels chain, are using the same 250ml pot glasses which look almost identical to the traditional 285ml versions.I wonder what the McGuires Hotels chain's sales are looking like today after this news gets out. Short pouring is an issue which has been around since beer began and gave rise to one of the first forms of state measurement regulation. Sounds like Oz needs what the Germans have already got in place - a society against dishonest pouring.