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June 07, 2008 – Comments (9)

I always thought it was a bit overboard the way the EU mandated special regulations and volume indicators on liquor and beer glassware in European bars and cafes. Well, no more. Seems greedy U.S. businesses are more than happy to attempt to screw people over and serve them less beer for the money in a tricky glass.

Some restaurants have replaced 16-ounce pint glasses with 14 ouncers -- a type of glassware one bartender called a "falsie."

And customers are complaining that bartenders are increasingly putting less than 16 ounces of beer in a pint glass, filling up the extra space with foam.

Two of the world's biggest glassware makers, Libbey and Cardinal International, say orders of smaller beer glasses have risen over the past year. Restaurateurs "want more of a perceived value," says Mike Schuster, Libbey's marketing manager for glassware in the U.S. Glasses with a thicker bottom or a thicker shaft help create the perception. "You can increase the thickness of the bottom part but still retain the overall profile," he says.

9 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 07, 2008 at 4:18 PM, Tastylunch (29.27) wrote:

figures. I thought seemed off about the glasses at Damon's. I don't drink much so it doesn't bother me, but if I were a regular beer drinker I'd be angry.

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#2) On June 07, 2008 at 7:08 PM, FleaBagger (29.74) wrote:

Well, since people aren't going to do what's in their own best interests, we must protect them from the sobriety and weight loss that could result from this serious problem. Get the government involved, stat!

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#3) On June 07, 2008 at 7:43 PM, devoish (98.37) wrote:

Makes me kind of glad there is a Dept. of Weights and Measures checking the occasional gasoline pump and deli scale.

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#4) On June 08, 2008 at 11:48 AM, TMFBent (99.82) wrote:

RE gas pumps, I found this interesting. I had never before seen a crooked gas pump (that I knew of) until I moved to the DC area. Then, one day, I noticed that this pump at a nearby station had a bright orange sticker to show it had flunked inspection. I drove to another gas station across the street, but watched as everyone else simply pumped gas from a pump that was known to be wrong.

I'm surprised they let the gas station keep running a busted and/or crooked pump, but more surprised that no one noticed the sticker, or if they did, didn't care enough about getting hosed to drive across the street.

Gas cost about $2 a gallon at that time. I wonder if they'd care now.

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#5) On June 09, 2008 at 12:03 PM, TMFDeej (99.40) wrote:

Over tax me and waste my money.

Create stuipd regularions that cause the price of food to skyrocket.

Devalue the dollar until you're blue in the face.

but

DON'T

EVER

MESS

WITH

MY

BEER!!!!!

:)

Deej

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#6) On June 09, 2008 at 12:03 PM, TMFDeej (99.40) wrote:

Over tax me and waste my money.

Create stuipd regularions that cause the price of food to skyrocket.

Devalue the dollar until you're blue in the face.

but

DON'T

EVER

MESS

WITH

MY

BEER!!!!!

:)

Deej

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#7) On June 09, 2008 at 2:52 PM, hansthered0 (< 20) wrote:

Is there an echo in here?

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#8) On June 09, 2008 at 4:23 PM, Allstar13913 (99.82) wrote:

You have to have foam though.  The guy in the article was correct.  If there isn't foam, the beer is bad, and no real craft beer drinker would ever complain.

Mike

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#9) On June 19, 2008 at 10:56 PM, kenodaddy (68.50) wrote:

Pour me another bean counter............

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