Where to get a 20oz pint of beer in Calgary

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20 oz Pints in Calgary

A pint of beer in Canada is 20 fluid imperial ounces. Anything less than that is cannot legally be sold as pint, otherwise the business can face fines from the government (I’ve heard $50k). They can, however, call it a pint if they put the volume beside it, so, for example, a “14 oz pint”. Yes, it’s ridiculous to do that, but it’s pretty common. For some reason, the word ‘pint’ has become synonymous with any/all sizes of beer pours, and it’s not very often a server will let you know you’re not getting a pint if it’s less than 20 oz, unless you specifically ask. A pint is a unit of measurement.

  • Canadian/British Pint = 568 ml or 20 fl oz (Imperial) or 19.2 fl oz (US)
  • US Pint = 473 ml or 16.7 fl oz (Imperial) or 16 fl oz (US)

20 oz pint Calgary

Imagine you go into a craft pop poppery and you order 1L can of of their finest pop, and they bring you a 355 ml can, what would you say? Would you be able to contain your rage? I don’t know if I could man. Why is it okay to do this with beer? A pint is a pint is a pint. There’s nothing wrong with serving up other sizes, just don’t call them a pint. It would also be cool if you didn’t charge the same prices as places that do serve up 20 ounce pints but ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Why Do Some Places Have Smaller Sized Pours?

To play devils advocate, there are some legitimate reasons why you might not find a 20 oz pint pour at a business. Here are some points to consider:

  • Glassware can be more expensive for the larger sizes
  • Smaller sizes means less alcohol going into your system
  • Larger sizes of drinks can overwhelm your pallet if you’re into really tasting beer
  • Producing locally made smaller batches of craft beer can cost more than mass-produced beer from the Molsons and Budweisers
  • Opening an independent brewery is very expensive and they need to recoup their investment as best they can

Whatever the reasons, that’s not what this blog post is about! Let’s celebrate local businesses that DO serve up a full 20 ounces of beer! Yay! Below is a list of those that sling full, glorious, legal Canadian pints.

 

Bars/Pubs/Restaurants

Each of the establishments below do a 20 ounce pour, but they might also do smaller sizes. Please drop a comment in at the bottom if there’s a place missing!

Breweries

 

20 oz Calgary Beer Map

Layers for NW/NE/SW/SE, and breweries. If I’m missing anything please drop it in a comment below! Thanks!

File A Complaint With Measurement Canada

If you find a business advertising a ‘pint’ and they bring you something that isn’t 20 ounces, you can file a complaint with the government. They’ll send someone to the business to investigate and maybe they’ll catch a fine. The easiest way to tell what size the glass is, is to ask your server.

If they advertise a 20 oz pint and serve it to you in a 20 oz glass, you’re probably getting a little bit less than 20 oz, due to the foam/head. The pint measurement specifically does NOT include the foam/head. Some places will use glasses that are larger than 20 oz, but will have a 20 oz fill line, or the size of the glass printed on the side. That is the proper way of serving a pint.

Pints of draft beer:

  • A pint contains 20 fluid ounces (568 milliliters) in Canada.
  • The limit of error for 20 fluid ounces is 0.5 fluid ounces (15 milliliters).
  • The foam (head) is not included in the measurement.

You can submit a complaint here.

Conclusion

I like beer. Not being served beer in a 20 oz pint is not the end of the world, I’d just like to see beer pouring equality across Canada. Mmm beer.

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