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Sneaky, Smaller Beer Pints Ripping You Off

Photograph from v1ctory_1s_m1ne on Flickr With hops prices skyrocketing as fast as gasoline, a pint of beer can run you at least five dollars, and it might not even be a real pint. Some bars are sneakily shrinking glasses from the traditional pint size of 16 ounces to only 14 ounces. According to the Wall Street Journal, two of the world's largest glassware makers (Libbey and Cardinal International) both noted that "orders of smaller beer glasses have risen over the past year." To keep drinkers fooled, the glasses have a thicker bottom or shaft, or bartenders just devote the extra space to foamy head. Over at Beer Advocate, a forum related to the article has emerged, and many consumers... More

Hops Shortage May Yield Beer That's Short in Flavor

At Ballast Point Brewing Company in San Diego, the brewing part might get toned down. With hops up from $6 to $30, according to the San Diego Reader, brewer Yuseff Cherney is struggling to make his Dorado Double India Pale Ale. Over at Pizza Port in nearby Carlsbad, Hop Suey Double IPA is also in harm's way. With worldwide hop acreage about one-fourth of what it was 15 years ago, microbrewers might be diluting signature flavors in the upcoming year, or even considering vintner's licenses.... More

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