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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Special Honest Pint Project Commendation to Belmont Station

Since the Honest Pint Project's launch, there have always been problems it could never solve. Short of mandating that pubs serve all beer in government-certified glasses that feature a prominent line demarcating a specific volume, there will always be gray areas. (And let's not kid ourselves--such a system comes with its own baggage. Someone has to pay for the government to oversee and regulate such a system, which means additional taxes. Guess where they are levied? Right, your pint of beer. So careful what you wish for.) Those gray areas were explored in depth in comments on yesterday's post.

In light of that, I'd like to offer a special commendation to Belmont Station for their glassware, which exhibits the kind of precision and transparency I wish every bar had. As you can see, there's a clear line indicating 16 ounces. When I dumped the beer into my measuring cup, it showed the same volume as the glass had--just a bit over 16 ounces. (See photo here.)

So cheers to you, Belmont Station, for exceeding even the high standards of the Honest Pint Project.


  1. updated list fyi:

  2. Commendation is well deserved! Maybe they can start a well needed trend in quality and honest pints....

  3. Thanks Jeff!

    It figures, I leave for 5 days to visit my family and next thing you know we have lines out the door and people heaping praise on the shop.

    Are you all trying to tell me something?

  4. Jeremy in SE PDX3:38 PM, July 14, 2009

    It's so beautiful, I could almost cry.

    AFAIK, Hopworks is the only other local joint with marked glassware.


  5. I pushed for the imperial pints for awhile and they are great and much easier for us to pour. Although we still get people who think we are ripping them off because the glass is not full or their is too much head and then I point out the 16oz line. That is the best part of those pints.

  6. This isn't a problem the government should be regulating. This is a problem for the consumer. You want to pay $4 for your drink and then complain that it's not a pint after the fact and then have the government watch over you?

    1) Vote with your dollar.

    2) Don't order a beer that isn't advertised as a pint. If you say, "i'll have a guinness" and they bring you 14oz, you've no legs to stand on.

    This is a market problem with a clear solution.