Thursday, April 19, 2012

Time to raise a glass (or 2/3) !!

It is common knowledge around these parts that 'the Grove' is closing soon for refurbishment. (don't ask when, I still have no idea). However this week has seen some of their new glasses arrive on the bar, and pretty good they are too. Sturdy oversized pint glasses with a discreet logo on them. The glass feels good in the hand, and as is the pub policy they are lined.

The smaller glasses have baffled me a bit. Again, they are of the same style as the pint glass but are 2/3 pint size rather than half pint, although lined for half pints. I am a bit confused as the measure. I understand 1/3 measures, great for sampling the stronger beers, but 2/3, what is that about ? I have yet to find anyone who goes into a pub and consciously orders 2/3 of a pint. The measure makes the glass brimful, thereby negating the reasoning for an oversize glass, which seems to defeat the object a little. I have already heard of punters complaining they want their half topped up because they feel they have been  shortmeasured because of the glass size.

Maybe I am missing something, if I am I am sure someone will let me know, but is this measure really useful to anyone ? The drinker is used to pints, halves and, more recently, thirds, the bar staff will have problems working out the price of the beer, some of which does not easily divide into thirds of a unit, and the possibility of confusion over volume is endless, wasting the time of the bar staff explaining the measure to customers.

So enjoy the glasses, enjoy the beer. May be I am just a moaning dinosaur, only time will tell !!  

And before you tell me, I know the picture is a pint glass, have not a picture of the offending glass yet ! 


Anonymous said...

As a lifelong grumpy old man I don't much care for the new Grove pint glass. Too tall, too narrow. To me it just isn't the right glass for cask beer.

I know that my view is irrational. There is no such thing as The original British beer glass. The designs most familiar to us - tulip, nonik, dimpled mug - are only a few decades old. I would even guess that the 'classic' straight glass that I prefer was a postwar innovation.

Even so, beer drinking is a serious business, and supping cask ale out of what a fellow drinker described as "a lager glass" doesn't feel right.

Tim the younger

Anonymous said...

Serving halves in two thirds glasses isn't completely new. Both the Grove and the Star have been using this size of stemmed glass for a while.

As drinkers I think we all prefer an oversized glass to the fill to the brim alternative. Even if two thirds is a tad overoversized, at least it is on the right side of the fence. In any case a two thirds glass is perfect for a lot of bottled beers.

As for selling two thirds of a pint of draught beer. I agree with you on that one. It would be just plain daft.

Tim the younger

Matt Curtis said...

I've enjoyed several 2/3rd's in my local Brewdog, for me it's the pefect size for these modern beers that are 6-7% where you don't want to fork out a fiver for a pint but you fancy a bit more than a half... It's just nice to have the option in my opinion.

pintsizedticker said...

We are thinking of having a beer pilgrimage to The Grove in a few weeks from Bradford... will we be safe, will it still be open or will we be disappointed?

Will said...

We heard the re-fit is to start sometime in May so suggest you keep checking the pub's website. It's likely to be closed at least 3weeks we understand.

pintsizedticker said...

Thanks, will be cool to get a before and after experience. As good excuse as any to visit twice!