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Britain to Introduce New Smaller Beer Glass Size

Britain to Introduce New Beer Glass Size

Have you ever gone into a bar and wanted to order a beer, but didn't feel like drinking an entire pint? Then you're in luck — well, if the bar happens to be in the United Kingdom. British Science Minister David Willetts has announced plans to relax strict laws on pub glass sizes. The current law, which has been in practice for over 300 years, allows pubs to only offer one size: 568 milliliters (just under 20 ounces).

However, the new legislation, which is to be introduced in a few months, will let pubs pour a smaller 400 milliliter (about 13.5 ounces) glass of beer. Pub-goers will also be able to order a smaller serving of wine in a 75 milliliter (about three ounces) glass. Government officials hope the law will change the excessive drinking habits of the nation.

I've always enjoyed the smaller glass size that's offered in other parts of Europe, like Spain's cana or tubo, and hope that the United States will follow suit. How about you? Do you think American bars should serve a glass of beer that's smaller than a pint?

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Annearky Annearky 5 years
I don't understand this story. Half pints have always been available too on draught beers and of course anything that comes in a 300ml bottle gets served in a 300ml serving.
dreamalittledream dreamalittledream 5 years
They've offered 1/2 pints in Ireland for a while now. Always a good idea.
vizslalvr vizslalvr 5 years
American bars already offer a variety of sizes ... nearly every bar I've ever been in, in fact.
andreasharan andreasharan 5 years
There's already places that have pints, glasses and those huge beer mugs available, not just a pint glass...
Mandy-Harris Mandy-Harris 5 years
I agree, chiefdishwasher — I pretty much always prefer a smaller glass of beer or wine to keep things from getting warm and flat. Plus, if you're at a bar with an awesome selection, smaller glasses mean you get to try more things!
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 5 years
I love the "cana" size in the warm weather....you finish the beer before it gets warm.....
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