Venti’s ‘True Pint’

Made aware of Beervana’s ‘Honest Pint Project’ several months back [project description below], Dino Venti undertook to obtain glassware labeled to support the premise

‘Pay for a pint. Get a pint’

Obtaining glassware with a 16 ounce volume demarcation proved more difficult than you would imagine. Regardless. . .

From Friday, 27 November 2009, Venti’s are serving beer in 20 ounce glassware with the cartoon rooster’s pointing index finger marking the 16 ounce volume level. A ‘True Pint’ pour line. Images below.

A documenting image has been sent to the HonestPintProject.Org administrators so that Venti’s Cafe & Basement Bar will be certified as a Purveyor of an Honest Pint and appear on website’s list and map of Certified Purveyors of Honest Pint.

Venti's True Pint

Venti's True Pint

Note01: Venti’s ‘True Pint’ Volume Line
The point finger of the cartoon rooster was meant to mark the 16 ounce volume measure; but, to account for production variations, Venti’s servers are instructed to fill the glass to the top of the pointing finger.

Note02: HonestPintProject.Org

‘Honest Pint Project’ = ‘Pay for a Pint. Get a Pint’

The Honest Pint Project started in Portland, Oregon. In the mid 1990s, Portland writer William Abernathy reported that some restaurants and bars were using ‘cheater pint’ glass, 14 oz glassware that look the same as 16 oz glass except for a thick glass bottom. Glassware seemingly intentionally designed / used to deceive the customer. No longer term improvement was achieved.

In October 2007, Jeff Alworth, the preeminent Pacific NorthWest beer writer, re-introduced the topic of deceptive glassware and the absence of a true measure in delivery of draught beer in his blog, Beervana, On investigation, Alworth found The State of Oregon had ‘no relevant law nor a funding mechanism to oversee enforcement’ of the true measure of drinks sold; no truth-in-pouring enforcement.

Alworth and Shawn E. Montague, Beervana.BlogSpot’s IT associate, initiated the HonestPintProject.Org in December 2008. The purpose of HonestPintProject.Org to bring attention to establishments which deliver a true measurement in their beer service. Read more . . .

Note03: Venti’s Historic Pour Policy
Dino has always placed a high premium on customer satisfaction. He believes

If you like our product and service, tell your friends.
If you are dissatisfied, tell the shift manager, Jake or Tyler2, or the proprietors, Dino or Leslie.

So, Venti’s servers have always tried to deliver an honest pint. But, 16 ounce glassware makes it very difficult to deliver 16 ounce of fluid if there is any foam/head or if the glass needs to be carried more than a few yards. Hence and henceforth, 20 oz ‘True Pint’ glasses will be utilized.

Note04: Acknowledgement

Venti’s acknowledge Beervana’s

– blogger/journalist: Jeff Alworth

– IT associate: Shawn E. Montague

for their service to the community in developing and maintaining the HonestPintProject.Org site.


4 Responses to Venti’s ‘True Pint’
  1. Capital Taps
    November 27, 2009 | 10:36 am

    Hooray! This is terrific! Thank you Venticrew!

  2. The Angry Jew
    November 27, 2009 | 5:30 pm

    BRAVO Dino….Job well Done

  3. Matt
    November 27, 2009 | 5:47 pm

    Indeed. Next time I go out for beer and/or food, I’ll be coming to your place of business. Initiative and integrity always get my business.

  4. jbx
    November 28, 2009 | 6:12 am

    @CT, @TAJew, @Matt,
    Thanks for your kind words.
    jbx