By Katie Abdilla
GRAND LEDGE – According to a new bill, Michigan bars, including those in Grand Ledge, might face a new pressure to ensure pints of beer measure up to standard.
In what locals are calling the “Michigan Pint Bill,” the ordinance would prevent establishments that serve alcohol from providing customers with any less than 16 ounces when they order a pint of beer. Rep. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights, introduced the bill this month with co-sponsor Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, who attempted to pass a similar bill in 2011.
The bill also would prevent servers from advertising sales of pints unless each beer measures exactly 16 ounces. Violators could risk fines.
Brianne Wollpert, a bartender in the Lansing area, said managers already remain strict when it comes to measurements of alcohol.
“You have to be super specific, especially with liquor,” Wollpert said. “You can’t give out free taste tests of drinks, and you have to count out loud while pouring the drink.”
With beer, Wollpert said bartenders also have to keep foam in mind to keep customers happy.
“You have to pour it so it doesn’t foam so that they can’t complain,” she said. “If you walk out with a foamy beer they can say ‘I don’t want that.’”
Mark Sellers, the owner of HopCat’s East Lansing and Grand Rapids locations, told The Detroit Free Press that the change could cause them to buy new glassware if it doesn’t measure up to pint standards. Wollpert said glassware can cost anywhere from $5 to $25 per glass.
The manager of the Log Jam Inn in Grand Ledge was not available for comment on the bill.