Friday, 1 January 2010


Britons are paying £400million too much for their pints each year, after it emerged that almost 90 per cent of pub-bought beers are sold short.

Trading standards officers conducting tests of 88 pints bought at 30 bars, pubs and restaurants in Birmingham found the average drink was three-quarters of a fluid ounce (22ml) short of full - 3.94 per cent of a pint.

One 'pint' the officers bought was almost 12 per cent short of full.
I knew they were ripping me off, after eight pints I feel sober again!


banned said...

This old chestnut comes up once in a while; last time I had a pint it was in an oversized glass with a little white line telling you where an exact pint measured.
Was in my local just now for a couple of double malts (since I was good last night), the landlord is not reverting to 17.5% VAT until his acountant tells him he has to while the petrol pumps went up straight away, who'se ripping off who?

subrosa said...

Auch this has been going on for years and years. There's always a few rogue barmen around.

Years ago when I was in the trade, they used to come in and measure. They wouldn't even wait until the beer had even slightly started to settle before measuring.

Now spirit short measuring was a different ball game. Even worse were those pubs/hotels which charged for top of the range malts but it was bottom of the range in the bottle. Ah, how to increase your pocket money in the drinks business. :)

Dark Lochnagar said...

Banned, you're lucky he took it off in the first place. I'm not sure my local did, but the bastards will make the excuse by sticking it up 2.5%, that is for sure. In Scotland we've never had those beer glasses you have with the line which seems a good idea to me.

Dark Lochnagar said...

Rosi, I remember being in a place called the Malin Court near Girvan years ago at a wedding and by the end of the night, I don't think they could get the spirits in the bottles for the water!

Eva said...

Sounds like restaurants in Birmingham are taking the mickey a little. I think it would be interesting to see what the National average short would be and where the highest % of shortselling occurs...any idea where I can find the full report?