Honest Pint Project
Why aren't 16-ounce glasses 'honest?'
This is the thorniest issue for the project. For reasons enumerated below, we've selected the higher standard.
  • A large proportion of pubs and restaurants nationwide use the 'shaker' pint glass—that slightly tapering, cylindrical vessel originally used to mix drinks. These come in two sizes, 14 and 16 ounces. The dimensions of the glasses are identical, so it's very difficult to tell by looking which glass the pub is using. This nearly-ubiquitous glassware undermines the project's central goal of transparency.
  • Many patrons believe that a 'pint' means 16 ounces of liquid, not a 16-ounce glass. With a proper head, a beer served in a 16-ounce glass will only yield 14 ounces or so.

What if the brewery serves beer in glassware, but doesn't call them 'pints.'
Excellent! But, since this project is designed to bring transparency to pints, not all glassware, places like this are outside our scope.

I know a pub that consistently gives bad pours with huge heads. Doesn't that cheat the drinker as much as small glasses?
The short answer—no. If you're given a bad pour, you can see it instantly. As the patron, you have recourse. But if you don't know the size of your glass, you are left to wonder. Short-pours may be a problem, but this effort is focused on the size of glassware.

Shouldn't this fall under the scope of a government agency who oversees weights and measures?
When the project started, we inquired with the state of Oregon to find out whether it had jurisdiction. While it theoretically could, there was no relevant law nor a funding mechanism to oversee enforcement. Rather than turn the Honest Pint Project into a legal battle at the state level, it seemed better to raise awareness and let the market reward good behavior.