Michigan lawmakers: Ordering a 16-oz. beer doesn't mean you'll get what you paid for

MICHIGAN - When you buy a gallon of milk, or a gallon of gas, rules and regulations are in place to make sure you get what you pay for. That's not the case when you order a pint of beer.

And some Michigan lawmakers want to change that.

Each and every day, establishments all across Metro-Detroit serve up frosty pints of beer to eager customers.  Enjoying a cold glass of beer at the bar has become tradition in America.  But your pint of beer may be coming up a few ounces short.

Greg Miller is the co-owner of the Lodge Bar and Grill in Keego Harbor, a popular spot to grab a bite to eat and enjoy a cold brew.  He takes pride in running an honest establishment. He says when you order a pint at his place, you get 16 ounces of beer. But that's not the case everywhere.

When you order a pint of beer, here's what you need to look at:

A full 16-ounce pint glass should have a flat bottom, not hollowed out.

If it's thicker on the bottom, you may not be better what you paid for.

We wanted to know if area establishments would measure up to the pint test. We ordered a few pints at different locations, took a measuring cup, and checked how much brew was in our glass once the foam settled.

We discovered some passed the 16 ounce test and other's didn't.  Our pints were closer to 12 ounces.

Greg Miller asked his supplier how often the false bottom glasses are being sold.

"For every cheater case, they are selling 10 cases of the regular pint glasses," Miller said.  "I don't really believe the majority of the people are going to short their customers because there is no benefit in the long run."

Michigan lawmakers are proposing a bill, that if passed, would require establishments that advertise a pint of beer to serve it to you in a 16 ounce glass so that customers get what they paid for.

Ted Derigiotis is a beer drinker and would be disappointed if he didn't get what he ordered.

"If you are a customer and you want to know how much you are getting, ask the manager of the establishment to show you," Derigiotis said.

The bill is in committee right now.  Lawmakers are working to change the language a little bit to take into consideration the amount of foam at the top of the glass.

The bill is really aimed at getting rid of those so-called cheater glasses to make sure customers are getting what they paid for.

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