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November 19, 2008

"Large" beers at Aloha Tokyo

aloha tokyo A couple months ago, I dropped by the new(ish) Aloha Tokyo on North Charles Street in Mount Vernon.

I asked for a beer, and they asked me if I wanted a small or a large.

Being a manly man with a reputation to uphold, I ordered a large.

But a "large" was a pint glass. To me, that's not large. That's normal. That's the baseline for beer glasses. A pint glass is regular. It gets larger from there -- steins, boots, etc.

Or at least in my experience. Am I wrong here? 

(Photo of Aloha Tokyo's sister location on Fort Avenue by Chiaki Kawajiri/Sun photographer) 

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 8:47 AM | | Comments (9)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


For the most part you are wrong, but not entirely. In many parts of the world, draft beer is served in two sizes: 0.33L and 0.5L These are common sizes, especially at restaurants.

So, since 0.5L is close to a pint, that would be your large.

However, there are definitely places (like German fests) where a pint would be considered small.

no, you're not wrong. if anything, they've wronged you. buffalo wild wings has the same shtick, except when you get a large New Castle, it's...well i'm not sure of the exact size...but it's pretty friggin big.

You would think they would bring you a big Sapporo can. Perhaps you should have requested a Godzilla beer. Then they would understand

@ incunabulum -- but ... we're in america. they need to play by our rules!

@ allan -- you're right. i feel wronged.

@ nestee -- hahahahahah! i'll ask them for a godzilla beer, and when they look at me funny, i'll point up in the sky and scream. hee hee.

If I went to a restaurant, ordered a regular beer, and was given anything less than a pint I'd be pretty PO'd.

One exception is when a place like Racers or Wharf Rat has a happy hour 3 for $5 type of deal. In that case an 8oz or 12oz glass is acceptable.

Another exception would be a high gravity beer like a barley wine. They should be served in smaller portions and in a special type of glass.

Except you have to ask for it properly, "Godzirra!!!"

I was going to post a video with Blue Oyster Cult's Godzilla, but then I saw this one and couldn't stop watching until it ended.

How awesomely unfair. I wanna play!

Well finally a forum for a pet peeve of mine. The so-called "pint" glasses you get in bars around here are 12 ounces. You pour a bottle of beer into one and with a little room for head you fill it up. That's not a pint. Can you address this injustice Sam? It's like Nazi Germany all over again.

@owl meat gravy - I am pretty sure that Sam has already addressed this.

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