The skyrocketing price of hops and barley has pushed up the cost of beer. So, many drinking establishments are squeezing as much as they can out of kegs by serving "pints" in 14-ounce glasses. The word is "falsie"--that's what these smaller glasses are unofficially called. They have thicker bottoms, so customers don't notice they're getting less than the proper 16 ouncesThe story changes by increments and has a mind of its own. This mythic "beer activist" sounds like quite a rebel, doesn't he?
But the Wall Street Journal reports that beer activists are on the prowl, measuring pints and outing offenders. One activist in Oregon wants state regulators to enforce a 16-ounce rule. Something like in the UK, where an imperial pint, equivalent to about 19 ounces, has been the government standard for centuries.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sorry, I know this is becoming a one-trick blog, but it's unlikely the Honest Pint Project will be on NPR anytime soon. My name wasn't used, but surely you can dance to this music by now: