It takes a while for me to get around to the ‘latest’ news. The Chancellor of the Exchequer has reduced the cost of beer by 1 penny, or has he?
My local had gone up by 20 pence prior to the budget.
So what did the government actually give us?
This is a pint of Guinness pictured in a a pub north of Birmingham.
It was £3.70 a pint. I got no discount for the 20% head. I actually got £2.96 worth of beer in it. So with the Chancellors 1 penny off I still paid 73p more than the quantity of beer I was sold.
I explained to the seller that I was traveling around the canal and that I took pictures of my Guinness where ever I went for my blog and asked if they would mind if I took a picture. “No problem,” they said, “but let me just top that up so it looks better for your picture.”
I pointed out that they had just sold it to me and it should be photographable (is that a word) when they first put it on my table. Fortunately I had already taken a picture before they picked it up.
This was not an isolated incident. It happened in a number of pubs I went into. None wanting me to photograph the beer they had served me, but rather top it up to make it ‘look better’. This is how come the punter is milked of over £40 million pounds a year.
I think a lot of it is because the staff have little or no understanding of what the rules mean. Like the press the breweries have been allowed to self police. They have laid down the rules by which they will operate. In a vast majority of instances the rules are not being followed. The rules laid down as far as I understand say that in a Brimfill glass, which constitutes the vast majority of glasses used in pubs today, the glass must be 95% full when it is put on the counter and If you ask them to top it up they must, without any quibble, do just that.
Note the top of the harp is 17% of the height of the glass so about 20% of the volume.