Cheater Pint Alert

As you know, one of the standard pub glasses in Portland is the "shaker pint," the gently-fluted cylinder of thick glass you regularly find in taverns. Unwittingly or unscrupulously (depends on the establishment), these vessels are labeled "pints," though they hold about 13 ounces of liquid if they come with a skiff of head (almost 14 if you go right to the brim). Among those of us in the know, this is one of those accepted dirty secrets. We're not going to turn down a glass of Total Domination just because it comes in a wee glass, but it chafes to spend four bucks on a cheater pint.

But here's a new one. Last night, we had a nightcap at Kells and ordered a round of libations that included three beers. Two came in cheater pint glasses, but the third came in a Guinness tulip-style pint glass, which, depending on the style, is either a full pint or 20 ounces. It's a bit difficult to tell which version they were using.

Selling the same beer in different volumes is unacceptable. I have no doubt Kells is in the dark about this, but that's really no excuse. (On the other hand, if you go, you can probably request the Guinnie glass and know you're getting the secret bonus.)