Long Live The British Pint

by Christopher Paul on January 6, 2011

I love how drinking is so entwined in the British culture Parliament defined the standard measure of a pint all the way back in 1698. And their pints are 20oz and not the wimpy 16oz we Americans drink. In pubs across the Uk, you can have a full pint or a half-pint (although I’ve never ordered one when overseas and never seen anyone order one either). But now, you’ll soon be able to order two-thirds a pint, or a schooner.

Why it matters, I don’t know.

The beer there, while stronger that the absolute garbage that is Budweiser and its many clones, goes down much easier than you’d think. Plus, people there consume two to four pints a night (at least from what I’ve seen). I don’t know how a schooner is going to help anyone and I seriously doubt anyone would order one when they can just have a half-pint if they aren’t the drinking type… even though everyone in the UK is.

Funny thing about British beer: they are stronger than most American beer but not as strong as the specialty beers I drink. I think a typical ABV percentage in the UK is between 4 and 6 percent. The beer I drink has between 6 and 10 percent ABV. When I went overseas once, the guy at the pub tried to warn me the beers are stronger that what I was used to and I thought he meant they had 12% ABV.

The best thing about their beer, though, is the variety and the taste. God, I want to go back. In the meantime…


Traditional British ‘pint’ faces competition – Reuters/MSNBC

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