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June 17, 2008

Shrinking beers, growing prices

Consuming Interests blogger Liz Kay sent me an email with a link to this post.

It's about how some restaurants are charging more for beers served in smaller glasses.

Have any of you noticed this around town?  

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 3:00 PM | | Comments (10)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


No, but I have noticed a lot less specials during the week. I hit a few bars in Canton and Fells last night and there were no specials in quite a few of them.

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Sun blogs: There so many of them, we even can't bother reading them all!

Snyd - Speak for yourself, I spend all my time bouncing between all of them. Though, admittedly, Gospelrama is the best.

I would have thought the smaller glass would have been introduced to hold the priceline, at least for awhile.

But if they aren't telling you, the customer, that they are doing this or how many ounces makes a serving, it's all decidely deceptive.

then again, you could show your displeasure in how often you go back or how generously you tip.


It's a customer's market right now, bar owner's will start realizing this sooner than later. There are still a few places around town serving drinks in 16oz pint glasses and drafts in 20 oz pint glasses, I see eCommerce Consultant there all the time. I even saw a nice gift certificate in the City Paper this Wednesday, 6/17, with half off drink specials.

Sam, this is a phenomenon that has been occurring in food packaging for years.

One of the most noticeable is the change of the 1/2 gallon Breyers' ice cream. It's now 1.5 quarts. They dropped the size by 25%, didn't change the aesthetics packaging, and didn't notify the public. They had a choice: boost the price, or shrink the package.

Why would the bar/bartender or manufacturer have to tell you about the smaller sizes? Isn't it our job as the consumer to recognize these changes?

GDA - Why would you punish the service for higher prices and when is the last time you saw serving sizes posted in a bar? Usually your posts seem well thought out and sometimes even researched. Taking it easy today?

He's counting his nickels for his next beer that he won't tip on.

I love discussions on tipping, much like having people talk about politics or religion.

People I've been acquainted with have had views ranging from almost like contributing to charity to irated about tipping being the hidden cost, read tax, to something.

While I believe, it's based on the quality of the service of the waitperson your dealing with, but I know people who will base it on the whole experience.

I usually base tipping on the quality of service. But if the whole experience is bad and I don't feel the server made any attempt to remedy the situation (at least what is in their control), then I definitely will consider that when I tip. I think I'm more critical sometimes though because I was a server/bartender all through college and while I understand when things are out of their control, I also know what is and what they can do.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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