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Imperial pint is more than you might expect

I went out for a beer the other night with some friends and was confronted with the option of ordering a pint or an imperial pint. Now I know what happened to my half-gallon of ice cream — it was converted to a metric measure to ensure I paid more for less ice cream. So am I going to pay more for my pint now that we've got imperial measurements?

— Todd J., Medford

There's not much we here at the mighty Since You Asked headquarters can do about your ice cream dilemma, but we might have some good news on the pint front, specifically the imperial pint.

Pints don't seem to be what they used to be in a lot of pubs these days. As they taught you in third-grade science, there are 16 ounces in a pint and two pints in a quart. It's pretty easy to deduce there are four quarts to a gallon. So that makes eight pints to the gallon.

An imperial pint is 20 ounces, 4 more than than a U.S. pint. So if you have to pay a buck or two more, you're probably getting your money's worth.

Now, it's become common practice for bars and pubs to serve 14-ounce cold ones and call them pints. Remember that eight pints equal a gallon, but if you skim off 2 ounces with every beer, you wind up selling nine pints instead of eight for every gallon.

A Hooters executive told the Wall Street Journal that its bars get 20 more glasses out of keg.

The Oregon House pushed a "True Pint" bill two years ago that would've required pubs to post stickers on their establishment windows after submitting to an official inspection. But the bill died in the state Senate.

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