2015-03-27 / Letters

Support LD 122

Please support passage of LD 122: An Act To Standardize Pints of Beer Sold in Maine which requires establishments advertising that they sell and charge for a pint of beer, that the customer would then actually receive a 16oz “full pour” of beer.

I’ve always been a beer enthusiast. I enjoy drinking beer and home brewing. I’ve been a supporter of Maine’s beer industry from the beginning. I was a teacher, principal and Science Educator for my career; recently I became a beer activist for economic justice.

In most establishments in Maine, the advertised "pint" is actually less because it is served in a glass, which by design, is barely even able to hold 16oz to the point of overflowing, let alone leave enough room to additionally include the recommended space for a head.

The main issue here is one of economic justice: truth in advertising, consumer rights, basic fairness in the market place. LD 122 is about making sure that if the restaurant/bar/beer industry tells you that they are selling you a “pint,” that then you actually get what you pay for: A full 16-ounce pint pour just like when you purchase a pint of ice cream and/or maple syrup, etc. This industry has to take responsibility for being ethical, they cannot simply choose to call something a “pint” when it is NOT, just to increase their profits.

The beer and restaurant lobby have gone on record (in testimony provided to the Legislative Committee during the hearings) as saying: “…every consumer is entitled to a fair pour of beer.” (March 5).“… a customer should get what they order and pay for and that a pint in the U.S. is truly 16oz…” (February 11). Yet the “pint” glass that they are referring to — and insisting that must be used — does not even hold a full 16-ounce pint pour, so these comments are just a diversion that continues the status quo of the short pour for the customer, while the restaurant/ bar/beer industry boosts its profits over decades.

Please contact your Senators and Representatives and ask them to support LD 122. For more information, visit the website and Facebook pages for Full Association of Maine.

Dr. Bumper White
Liaison, Full Pints Association of Maine

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