When it comes to enjoying a pint, Britain isn’t exactly known for their flexibility. In fact, the English are anything but relaxed when it comes to pub glass sizes. Just read my post from April and you’ll realize that they’re pretty serious about their weights and measures.
That rigidity seems to be softening. Soon pubs will be able to serve a smaller beer containing about 400 milliliters. The same size drink is already popular in parts of Australia, where it’s known as a schooner.
According to their Science Minister David Willetts, the rules are changing to better suit “modern waistlines and wallets.”
The British pint (a 568 milliliters pour) was introduced in 1698 and has been the only acceptable size for beer and cider ever since. Currently, bars are only allowed to serve beer as a pint, or as a third or a half of that measure.
Now, they’ll be able to serve smaller glasses of beer and wine. Some say the change may help the British government reduce their country’s thirst for alcohol – which seems to be unquenchable. While alcohol consumption has fallen in many European countries over the last three decades, it’s increased about 40% in Britain.
All of my extended family lives in England and I must say, they can drink. When they come to visit us here, we can hardly keep up. I doubt that offering a smaller size option will convince everyone to consume less but either way, it’s always nice to have options.
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