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Is your pint really a pint? B.C. craft beer lovers want enforced sizes

If pint glasses appear to change sizes from one bar to the next, it’s probably not because you’ve indulged in too much beer.

Sleeves and pints of draught beer range in size depending on the establishment, prompting an organization of craft beer lovers to petition the government to enforce standard sizes so consumers know how much beer they get for their buck.

“For too long has there been a discrepancy in what size a ‘sleeve’ of draught beer truly is and consumers are getting taken advantage of by establishments that do not publish their serving volumes,” according to a statement from Paddy Treavor, president of the Campaign for Real Ale Society of B.C.

The society sent a letter last week to senior provincial politicians, including those involved in the liquor policy review, imploring them to require draught beer be served in glasses with a marked serving size.

Such a stipulation is required in many European countries, according to CAMRA.

The organization argues that consumers should know exactly what they’re paying for and exactly how much they’re drinking so they can avoid over consumption. Sleeve servings can range between 12 and 16 ounces and pints between 20 and 24 ounces, leaving customers without a simple tool to measure how much they’ve had to drink.

Laws are in place requiring establishments to let customers know how much they’re drinking, but the government has told CAMRA it has “bigger things to worry about” than enforcing glassware sizing.

Regardless, the organization hopes consumers will adopt its #ServingItWrong and #FUSS (Fess Up to Serving Size) hashtags to alert the public to bars that incorrectly label pints or sleeves.

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