|Monument (marnanel) wrote,|
@ 2010-12-29 07:04 pm UTC
Anyway, someone told me that it's illegal to dispense snakebite in half pints. The reason supposedly is that an on-licence permits the sale of beer and cider in approved measures, these being pints and half pints. If a landlord sold you a half pint of snakebite, they would be selling both beer and cider in quarter pints, which is not an approved measure (and indeed would run afoul of short measure law). Hence snakebite can only be sold in full pints.
So the story went, anyway. I don't know whether it's true, but it amused me enough that I tell it here.
(Someone else once told me that nobody will sell you beer on the rocks for fear of short measure, since it's then difficult to tell whether you have a pint— the "pint to line" line doesn't work any more because the beer is displaced by the ice. I don't know whether to believe this either. I am not about to try it out, because if I did I might end up with ice in my beer, and that would be disgusting. Also, everyone would laugh at me.)