As an American, when I go into a bar and order a draft I never think much about the volume being served. Is it a pint? Who knows. If the glass of beer seems appropriate for the price charged, I am happy. If it is a smaller glass, and cheap, then I’'ll just order more of them.
But I’ve heard many tales of British pub-goers complaining about a glass being shy of a full pint. Some of the bar glassware from European countries actually is marked where a certain fraction of a liter falls.
When my gf was in England, she was encouraged to order a half pint of beer (more lady like). Really?
Why these traditions? Why not in the US?
(as an aside, in some of the nicer beer joints around here, we are mimicking our friends across the pond)
I do spend a lot of time in England. Pretty much all of my time, in fact! And a fair amount of that in pubs. Women are quite happy to drink pints, and it’s rare to hear anyone comment on it.
Though these days it’s more like bottles of WKD Blue or whatever.
In Germany beer glasses come in a variety of shapes and forms (eg. tall, short, with a stem, etc) but they all have 0,3L (third of a liter) and by law the beer has to be poured to that line. It’s never been explained to me but common sense tells me they made it law so bar owners don’t rip off the customers.
The kicker is… the bartender will not pour off the suds (head) to reach the 0,3L line. They will park the beer until the suds foam down and only then will they put it back under the tap to add more beer. The process takes… minutes, too many minutes imo. The last time I was there I ordered one beer and as soon as he handed it to me I had him start pouring my second beer.
I’m female, English, and regularly drink pints. I’ve never had anyone comment, but at least one guy I know will only drink from a pint glass (as in, I’ve seen him order a half, then tip in into his empty pint glass) because a half pint is ‘a girly glass’.:rolleyes:
Maybe I should get him one of the Bavarian litre steins; now that’s a proper glass.