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Michigan Proposes Bill For 16 Ounce Pints Of Beer

We all know that a pint is 16 ounces. Now a bill has been introduced in Michigan that would make it a law that when taverns serve a pint of draft beer, it must be 16 ounces! Isn’t it? Guess not, and here are the details.

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According to a story by By Simon Moya-Smith, Staff Writer, NBC News contribution on

“Several Michigan lawmakers want to make sure that a pint of beer is really a pint of beer, down to the last drop.

A bill introduced last week would amend the Liquor Control Act to make it an offense to “advertise or sell any glass of beer as a pint in this state unless that glass contains at least 16 ounces of beer.”

Rep. David Knezek, another sponsor, told NBC News that the legislation is about consumer protection. He said the only opposition he has received is from restaurant owners concerned that they may have to purchase all new glassware to abide by the new law, should it pass.

Knezek said the bill was motivated by complaints he had received from constituents about “cheater pints” and other glasses and cups that are sold as pints but instead contain less than 16 ounces.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.”

As for me, I’m opposed to this bill. Why? Normally, pint glasses in taverns are 16 ounces. In order to get a a full 16 ounces of beer, the bartender would have to tilt the glass and squeeze in as much beer as he/she could, meaning no head on the brew. When you drink a beer with no head and looks like ginger ale, it’s very sharp, highly carbonated with a sting and a bite. Not very appetizing. So, pour me a 14 ounce pint with a two inch head. Cheers!

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