Ronnie Cohen takes a look at the beer and cider on sale in his local shops and supermarket.
While the vast majority of beer and cider cans and bottles are sold in rational metric sizes, there are a few that are sold in pint-sized cans and bottles. What is going on here? Could this be something to do with the legal requirement to sell draught beer and cider by the pint? Has this influenced the packaging of some beer and cider products sold in British shops?
Here are some of the pint-sized beer cans I have found on sale in British shops:
The word PINT can clearly be seen across the tops of the cans though not all beer cans display the word PINT so prominently.
Here are some cider products sold in pint-sized bottles in British shops:
Unlike wine, champagne and spirits, the package sizes of beer and cider are not regulated. Despite the fact that there are no specified quantities for packaged beer or cider, beer and cider products sold in British shops are overwhelmingly sold in metric sizes. The images shown above are among the few sold in pint sizes. There is a possibility that the package sizes of wine, champagne and spirits could be deregulated after Brexit. If sales of packaged beer and cider are any guide, the prospect of finding large numbers of pint-sized wine, champagne and spirit bottles in shops after any post-Brexit deregulation is remote.
In a future article, we shall be taking a look at traditional ales and craft beers which, when not on draught, are normally sold in 500 mL bottles.
Editor’s note. With General Election polls showing the gap between the main parties narrowing, this might be a good time to let parliamentary candidates know your concerns about Britain’s continuing measurement muddle. Cheers.