Hey, you're being ripped off! One proper British pint seems to be equivalent to 1.2 US pints! How does it work in America - when you buy beer, what sizes does it come in?
Yeah - crazy isn't it! In our American attempt to use every form of measurement known to man, beer...and really all beverages...our measured in ounces, not pints. In fact, a lot of times if you ask for a pint, you get a stange look. Draft beer can typically come in 12, 16, or 24 oz sizes...or maybe a 32 oz if you "supersize" it. Geez! Supersize beer, it doesn't even sound right! Bottled beer is 12 oz. Unfortunately, the beer culture is such that you rarely get a nice pour and no one really ever seems to care how much head your beer has. Can you imagine being served a pint with one inch and a half of head! Now I am really being ripped off! I have only found a few local places that meet my personal levels of satisfaction.
Ounces! How very cunning. Maybe one day I'll come and give it a go. Perhaps you noticed on your sojourn in the UK that all pint (and half pint) glasses are marked with a little crown and a line to show that they have been measured to an official pint (or half). The sign of a good pub is when they allow the drink to settle and then top it up to the line - or above if you're lucky. In the case of Guiness this settling can take some time, and they even advertise it with the slogan 'good things come to those who wait.'
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