I feel like here on The Thirsty Beagle, I’ve been overloaded lately with British beer news. Several recent posts have been inspired by the goings on with beer over there. What can I say? Those guys are just so serious about their beer, the good drink is always making the news. I mean, they’ve set up a special government panel to find ways to save a struggling local pub industry. A 400-person panel. Really? 400 people to talk about pubs? Seems you could do that more efficiently. Although if you’re looking for re-election, you probably don’t want to be the British politician who crosses Samuel-Six-Pack by not sticking up for beer. And just when you thought the British couldn’t be any more serious about their beer, down the Internet pipe comes this. When people over there talk about ordering a pint, it’s not just some colloquial term, they are actually getting a glass that measures one pint. Now the government wants to introduce a new glass: The two-thirds pint. Forget about just filling a pint glass two-thirds full. They need a government-approved two-thirds-of-a-pint glass. How can you not love the Brits’ completely over-the-top fixation on beer? The Thirsty Beagle, for one, is on board. How about this quote from a British student, who backs the new two-thirds-pint glass:
“It’s hard ordering a drink on a date,” said Emma Ross, 28, a postgraduate student having a beer with lunch in a London pub. “If I order a half-pint, it’s ladylike, but where’s my sense of adventure? If I order a pint, I know how to have a good time, but I don’t want to advertise it to every guy standing at the bar.”
I’m convinced that only in Britain could this scenario possibly exist.