Thursday, April 19, 2007

Pint drinkers lose £1.3m every day

If you're paying for a pint, you should get a pint. Seems fair.

A new survey by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has revealed that one in four pints in the UK are served less than 95 per cent full and this is costing beer drinkers a staggering £481 million every year.

CAMRA has today launched a nationwide petition calling for the Government to end short measures as they promised a decade ago.

For the first time in its 35 year history, CAMRA has taken out advertisements in order to let consumers know how to make a stand against this unfair practice.

The CAMRA survey of local authorities' trading standards departments has revealed:

  • A shocking 26.6 per cent of all pints served are over 5 per cent short measure

  • The worst example found was 13 per cent short of a full pint

  • 76 per cent of pubs goers want the Government to stick to its promise to ensure drinkers get a full pint.

(Read the entire article at This is Hertfordshire.)

It seems to me, though, that we have the opposite problem here in the States: glasses are too often filled right to the brim, with no head whatsoever. Not only does this detract from the aroma and mouthfeel of the beer, but the server generally spills a fair amount while delivering the pint. I'm a big fan of calibrated glassware that has a "full measure" line that allows for a fair pour plus a proper head. Here's a picture of an example from Rastal.

Rastal glass

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