Gov gone wild: Mad new pub glasses, bread freedom introduced
Oz style 'schooners', tiny thimbles of wine on offer
Science minister David Willetts has launched a vicious January attack on the honest British pint in favour of Australian "schooners" and Continental micro-measures of wine.
Under cover of claims to reduce red tape, Willetts will end rules restricting pubs to selling beer in pints and half pints to allow them to sell "schooners" – a devilish Antipodean glass containing two thirds of a pint of cold but flavourless lager.
Pubs will also be able to sell wine in thimbles of of 75ml. Fortified wines will be available in 50ml and 70ml tots.
A Statutory Instrument will be introduced to allow the changes in the coming session.
Australia ranks fourth in world rankings for beer consumption but scores much lower on per capita alcohol consumption, which tells you all you need to know about their beer. They're not very good at cricket either.
More on Willetts's messing with pub measures here.
The Science Minster also promised to overhaul pesky restrictions on bread sizes, which have apparently bedevilled bakers across the land. ®
"The Science Minster also promised to overhaul pesky restrictions on bread sizes, which have apparently bedevilled bakers across the land."
If someone can force bakers and toaster makers to get together and decide what size a slice of bread should be then they deserve a fucking nighthood.
Anyone that eats toast should know what I mean.
The whole REASON of standardizing on the pint and half pint was so that consumers ALWAYS knew what they would be getting as a measure. And prices standardised based upon those amounts, and price comparisons are EASY because of those standardised amounts.
This will, frankly, end up costing all of us money in the pub. You will order a beer, and shock - you will get a schooner, but it will cost as much as the old pint. The pint WILL still be available, but at a slightly higher price. This won't happen all at once, and it won't happen everywhere - but happen it will, and we consumers will gradually "get used to it".
"Rip-Off England" continues...
I think they should forget all this fancy stuff, and bring back good old fashioned British pint glasses, big, solid, dimpled and with a handle.
I can't see anyone ordering a schooner of beer unless they mistake it for some sort of pitcher. It's ingrained in us, you order beer by the pint, with an occasional half for the ladies.