Michigan Lawmakers Seek to Return Honesty to Bartending
The Rust Belt state of Michigan has had a rough go of it the last few years. Loss of industry, dwindling populations and decaying urban centers are just a few of the reasons why Michiganders could really go for a cold one right about now.
And when you’re drinking with purpose, every drop matters.
In that spirit of consumer protection, Democratic state Reps. David Knezek and Brandon Dillon are out to make sure that when you order a pint of beer, you get a pint a beer. They’ve proposed an amendment to Michigan’s Liquor Control Act that prohibits advertising or selling “any glass of beer as a pint in this state unless that glass contains at least 16 ounces of beer.”
This isn’t the first time state lawmakers have stepped up in defense of drinkers’ dollars. Oregon’s legislature considered a similar bill in 2007, but it didn’t clear the Senate. Across the pond, however, the Imperial Pint has been the law of the land for centuries, according to the Wall Street Journal. Bars in England are required to use official Imperial Pint glasses that accommodate a full 19.2 U.S. ounces, plus a little room for foam.
The Wall Street Journal report also explains “cheater pints” — pint glasses that mimic the profile of the 16-ounce standbys, but feature a thick glass bottom that cuts the volume to 14 ounces. A Grand Rapids bar owner told the Detroit Free Press that many Michigan bars use the downsized glassware and could be faced with the pricey prospect of replacing them if the partial-pint prohibition passes.
Of course, their cheaper alternative would be to call it what it is: a glass, not a pint.
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