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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Honest Pint Project is Dead; Long Live Honest Pints!

Not super long after I started this blog, I stumbled into the thicket of unregulated glassware sizing. Mentioning the crime of the cheater pint, I inadvertently sparked a great outcry. This led to an online petition, some local press, and ultimately, a half-assed advocacy campaign to bring transparency to glassware sizes. Miraculously, the Honest Pint Project led to some amazing things:
Alas, I was always the wrong champion for this endeavor. It needed someone with real moxie and drive. I imagine where we'd be if, say, Angelo, Ezra, or the Beer Wench had stumbled onto it as I did. Cheater pints would be a thing of the past. The project was important enough that it deserved someone like them.

Anyway, the website is about to go dark. The lease on runs out on November 1, and my silent--and very important--partner and I have decided to let it go. As bad as I was before about crusading against cheater pints, at least I used to feel guilty about it. Now, as my life has taken a different direction, I don't even have the time to feel guilty. It was a noble project, but died, as they all do, from inattention.

Raise a pint--an honest one, please--to the Project this week. It was good while it lasted.

Update. I just got an email from someone interested in carrying the HPP forward. I'm totally cool with that. Email [the_beerax(at)yahoo(dot)com] if you also wanted to be included. Perhaps more hands means a lighter load.


  1. It was definitely a worthy project. There are still a few cheaters out there, but they are harder to find now. To me, that implies success.

  2. Yes, very successful indeed. I loved the project, and it focused on the consumer, not the brewer. Though I am sure a pub doesn't want to be the odd-brew out selling cheater pints. Lovely way to avoid the thievery.

    I'm sure people would be pissed if they went to the gas pump, and a gallon of gas was actually a quart.


  3. You're doing the lord's work, for sure. Please... someone pick this very worthy cause up. I will support happily your continued efforts.

  4. Honest Pint Project's website is back up. :)