Monday, March 14, 2011

Beer Bottle Brouhaha 

I am documenting the disturbing trend of the use of the 11.2 ounce (330 ml) beer bottle. The vast majority of beers brewed in the United State use the 12 ounce bottle. Many beers brewed in the UK seem to be sold in the 12 ounce bottle in the United States. Most beers, with some exceptions (for example, Heineken, St. Pauli Girl the export only German brand, and Pilsner Urquel), brewed in the EU  are sold in 11.2 ounce bottle. I understand that our pint measurement (16 ounces) is smaller than the Euro equivalent 500 ml bottle, which contains 16.9 fluid ounces. But the vast majority of American and  imported beer is packaged in the smaller bottle.
I am merely presenting a cautionary instruction here. Check before you buy and understand you are getting almost 7% less beer if you buy the 11.2 ounce bottle.

The List of Shame

Prominent Beer Brands Selling the 11.2 Ounce Bottle  in the USA

All Belgian Beers as far as I can tell.
Stella Artois
Estrella Damm

A Special Case
Sneaky Labatt's (owned by AB InBev) sells beer in 11.5 oz. bottles.
Let us be grateful they only short us 1/2 ounce per bottle.
However, their cans contain a full 12 ounces.
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