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Oct 7, 2009 09:12 PM

Real pints of beer?

Any one have recommendations for bars/restaurants that serve real pints of beer in Northern Virginia? I'm getting tired of these places that serve draught beer in a 12 oz. or 14 oz. "pint glass". Had an experience at a Del Ray eatery where a buddy and I ordered 2 beers on tap. They brought his beer, but told me they were out of the one I had ordered. So, the waitress made a beer recommendation, but when she came back, she had a 12 oz. bottled beer along with a glass that was the same size as my friend who ordered the draught beer. And yes when I filled the glass it went all the way to the top with only minimal head on the beer. Small glasses...hmph. To be fair the beers were not advertised as "pints" but there is just something about it that feels misleading (are they downsizing beer now?!). Sorry for the negative energy here, but I'm trying to find the places that take pride not only in the beer they serve, but in how they serve it.

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  1. Since you said Del Ray, I'd bet that Anchor Bar does it right. Someone connected with it (possibly the owner) is a bartender who used to be at Jimmy's in Herndon (and is also in the Guiness book, as well as a past winner of best bartender, DC).

    Anyway, now that I've been on topic, I did see a bar trick where the liquid contained in a pint glass can be poured without concern for overflow into the large sized rocks glass. Go figure.

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    1. re: Dennis S

      Thanks, I'll check 'em out!

      Again, the establishment did not label their beers pints, they were labeled as draught beer. But do we need to move over to the UK system of certified pint glasses? There it's illegal to serve beer in "non-calibrated" pint glasses. There is a guy in Oregon with a website dedicated to this issue called the Honest Pint Project. And I don't know if we're supposed to hyperlink here, but I did find an article called "Caveat Drinkor" that also spelled out the issue in terms of economics (in Oregon alone, it is estimated that in 2007, beer drinkers were cheated out of 1.7 million pints using the 14 oz. "cheater pints"). Man, those Oregonians are serious about their beer!

      1. re: NoVA

        Reminds me of my former CAMRA days when I saw friends with small "rulers" which calculated the amount of lost beer to the pence. I agree that the problem is rampant in the DC area where very few places serve you the amount of beer they claim to. However, I no longer have my CAMRA membership so I haven't tested the local places.


        1. re: Trip Klaus

          You all were fighting the good fight! Cheers as well!

          I had another experience at a music venue/bar out in Vienna where I ordered a New Castle on tap. Guy grabs a plastic cup when there were clearly pint glasses available. So I asked if he wouldn't mind, I'd rather drink out of a real glass. He grabs a glass and fills it 3/4 of the way, no joke. Not too hard to read between the lines.