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(Washington Post)   British pubs that serve less than 95% of a pint face prosecution   ( divider line
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2002-03-19 12:07:10 AM  
May I be the first to say, SWEEEET
2002-03-19 12:08:10 AM  
har har
2002-03-19 12:08:19 AM  
Hero Tag Wanted. Inquire within.
2002-03-19 12:08:33 AM  
I'm sure the barflies are sober enough to calculate 1/20th of a pitcher.
2002-03-19 12:08:41 AM  
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2002-03-19 12:08:53 AM  
Were they 'foaming at the mouth' about this issue?
Were they 'worked-up into a lather' over it?
2002-03-19 12:09:24 AM  
so i guess that's a guarantee of 5% head. i like head.
2002-03-19 12:09:41 AM  
Death to puns.
2002-03-19 12:09:56 AM  
"The Labor Party has been promising a full pint since 1997 and now appears to be bowing down to big business," said Mike Benner of the Campaign for Real Ale.

Wait, no,
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2002-03-19 12:12:12 AM  
"The full pint was one of Prime Minister Tony Blair's election pledges..."

Wow, I think it's insane that this is an actual political issue over there.
2002-03-19 12:18:46 AM  
It's better than our politicians sucking corporate cock every time they get a kickback.. er, "campaign contribution".
2002-03-19 12:20:28 AM  
The pint glasses in the UK have a mark within a inch of the top of the glass.The mark is to denote where the foam ends and the beer begins.
2002-03-19 12:23:29 AM  
This rules. Theres no better place for a pint then a pub in the UK. People take the beer seriously, even during lunch.

So, why does the US waste air time on issues like sex -affairs and missing girlfriends when there are so many more issues that affect the beer-drinking population so deeply?

Damn the MAN!

2002-03-19 12:25:16 AM  
i agree with Copenhagen "Death to puns" may they be reporters or farkers it's getting stale
2002-03-19 12:36:29 AM  
The British government has enough time on its hands and enough interest in the matter to warrant this sort of action?

Well... I guess that explains the origins of cricket.
2002-03-19 12:43:11 AM  
Definite Hero tag needed.
2002-03-19 12:50:54 AM  
and to think - there are people out there who voted against this guy
2002-03-19 12:59:08 AM  
Labour. It's The Labour Party! How would you like us to say Demokrats or Republikans?

Personally I prefer half pints.
2002-03-19 01:09:49 AM  
I guess this will teach the barkeeps to mind their P's and Q's.
2002-03-19 01:19:48 AM  
Fair to note that the phrase "baker's dozen" started in England because of a similar law. A dozen rolls had to weight a certain amount or else the shop was fined, so shops would throw in an extra roll to be safe.

Let's hope a "brewer's pint" becomes the norm too!
2002-03-19 01:21:13 AM  
Get thee (o thyselves) to a punnery....
2002-03-19 01:35:17 AM  
Now if only Starbucks had such rules about their coffee,

Not that I go to Starbucks. Starbucks is the MS of Caffine.

But otherwise, yeah,
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tag definitley


Silently praying he didn't fark up the HTML so as to appear as an anus.
2002-03-19 02:03:14 AM  
this is a joke, right?

2002-03-19 02:17:31 AM  
What's the problem. The consumer should be protected against rip off merchants who serve short measures. Showing people that the government has a sense of fair play and is aware of issues that affect the general working man will, in the end win votes. It all makes perfect sense to me.
2002-03-19 05:02:38 AM  
What the Fark's a BARKEEP?
Over here we still have Barmen and Barmaids. Sodding PC.

I mean, Chairman --> Chairperson?
Manhole --> Personhole?
Hymen --> Hyperson!!!

"A flagon of mead, and a buxom wench to serve it, stout yeoman"
2002-03-19 05:07:32 AM  
<off topic ramble>
beer was a political issue in Australia two elections ago when the government tried imposed a new tax on beer served in pubs. (ie it was cheap if you bought a case and drank it at home but expensive to drink at a pub.) the opposition said it was an 'anti working-class' tax because that's the class that drinks in pubs. presumably only rich people took their beer home to avoid the hoi polloi. perhaps the really rich people even drank some non-beer shiat.
</off topic ramble>
2002-03-19 05:15:06 AM  
With the European Weights and Measures (Everything in farking Kilos - except distances), how long before the Eurocracy tries to force out the humble pint.

BASTARDS - I want a pint not 0.5682613 litres.

BTW - 1 UK Pint = 1.2009501 US Pints. Bloody Septics, can't hold their beer.
2002-03-19 05:38:36 AM  

Septics = Septic Tanks = Yanks
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2002-03-19 05:55:23 AM  
I hope this law is retroactive, there's a coupla keggers in it for me!!!
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You got a point there Norm.
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2002-03-19 05:59:22 AM  
I'm Australian and very proud of my beer-related heritage, but one thing really niggles me about this great country of ours...

Why oh why can we not just agree on a standard name for a standard measure of beer?

Pints (20oz) are rapidly making a reappearance in Australian pubs, as we traditionally use schooners (16oz) and half-pints (10oz).

Simple so far, but the 10oz beer has as many different names as states: pots, midis, halves, tens etc etc. Just going to an interstate bar is a confusing affair.

Then you get those weird country pubs who serve 8oz beers. WHAT'S THE FARKING POINT?! It's hardly a mouthful.

And some REALLY weird bars serve these things called "butchers", which are only 6oz!!!

C'mon, Aussie! Get your act together. Make it pints or nothing.

(well, unless you're driving, of course. Then I guess a little beer would be acceptible...)
2002-03-19 06:03:36 AM  
heh heh heh heh heh heh heh mwahh hah ha ha ha!!!!

We brits rule. :-)
2002-03-19 06:03:59 AM  
Beer, beer, beer, beer!

Beer, beer, beer, beer!

Beer, uh..., oh yeah, beer!
2002-03-19 06:07:54 AM  
Beer + pork scratchings (pork rinds) + peanuts = Pebble dash.
2002-03-19 06:20:12 AM  
Britain is better than America.
2002-03-19 06:22:55 AM  
That goes without saying.

Americans needed to get away from the bendy roads system.
They also needed space for their egos.

England is better than Britain!!!
2002-03-19 06:35:16 AM  
How come 65 comments on smoking and only 35 on drinking.


Beer minus fags = boring

fags minus beer = boring

Beer plus fags = Grrrrreattt!
2002-03-19 06:36:46 AM  
Bmr68: a few of them do, but the large majority are brim-measured, which causes the problem.

SatchmoR: it'd be kind of difficult to measure distances in kilos. meanwhile in the world of liquids, even when the exception ends barpersons will be entirely allowed to serve 568ml measures of beer to anyone who asks for a pint.

Now when the fark is Blair going to bring in 24 hour drinking (yup, this was another of his campaign pledges...!)
2002-03-19 06:37:32 AM  
You limeys laugh now,but when the mole people come,America will be the only safe place in the world.See,we'll give them Mexico,to satisfy their ravenous appetite for human flesh.What can the UK give them?France?No one will eat a Frenchman!
2002-03-19 06:39:57 AM  
Somerset is better than England!


Cider that knocks you flat after 2 pints? You're welcome.

Glastonbury Music Festival (Pilton Pop Festival to those who know)? You're welcome.

Cheddar Cheese? Have some more!
2002-03-19 06:43:30 AM  
hash is almost legal and now this?!?

I'm soooooooooo there

a final note- whats with this mad urban myth that makes every American think the English & Irish drink warm beer?
2002-03-19 06:44:31 AM  
Mmmmm, Scrumpy!

Only 2 pints - you Wendy!!!

Babycham, anyone?

Now, Snakebite, made from Scrumpy and Sam Smith's Natural Lager, there's a drink from hell (or heaven).

I like beer you can chew on the way down, not just the way up!
2002-03-19 06:46:39 AM  
we could really do with this law in Ireland - Euro4.45 for a half full pint of some gay german beer - whats the world coming to?
2002-03-19 06:47:01 AM  
You see the problem is, we serve beer at the correct temperature, but the Yanks drink it too slowly, so it warms up.

Methinks they can't handle the fact that the beer actually has a flavour, unlike the p1ss they serve in most bars in the States.

Farking bunch of Wendies!
2002-03-19 06:48:41 AM  
Your own farking fault for joining the farking Euro.

You can take my Pound Sterling when you prize it from my cold, dead fingers, Mr Blair!
2002-03-19 06:55:41 AM  
SatchmoR: Scrumpy is a tourists drink, you touristing tourist, you.

We have Black Rat. Generally graded at 4*. Or ****! for short.
2002-03-19 06:58:57 AM  
Black Rat - Details please.
Your Bio says London, England. Where in The Smoke can you get it?

Want it...

Have you tried Tallywhacker, brewed in the Plough Brewery, Coldharbour, Surrey? 5.5%, tastes like teacle. Farking lush!!!!!
2002-03-19 06:59:51 AM  
Been to the HollyBush in Hampstead?

Gas lights, real ale, real zider. Pies!!!
2002-03-19 07:03:51 AM  
SatchmoR: its not the Euro its greedy landlords doing it.
2002-03-19 07:08:17 AM  
cormee dont know where you drink (my guess is the Porterhouse expensive and cant pull an erdinger to save their lives). Real non gimmick pub 3.20 euro for a Guinness.
2002-03-19 07:09:21 AM  
Well, boycott the pubs.

My local in my Yorkshire village put the price of a pint up from £1.05 to £1.08.

Half the village stopped drinking there.

He put it back down.
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