Australian Drinking: A Brief Guide
Beer Glass Names
The Australian dialect of English is remarkable for having virtually
no regional variation over the entire continent.
However, there's one place that regional terminology runs rampant:
You can always pick a "foreigner" because they come in and ask for
a beer using the wrong glass name or the wrong brand (although
the big commercial brands are pretty much national nowadays).
To prevent embarrassment, we present the following list of beer glass
terminologies used in the various Australian states.
One of the amazing things about this list is that although some terms
actually are common between two or more states, they generally refer
to different sized glasses in each state. Some states actually have
names for six different sizes of beer glass. We'll present just the
most commonly-used two or three for each state.
- New South Wales
Glass (200ml) ..... Middy (285ml) ..... Schooner (425ml)
- Norther Territory
Six (200ml) ..... Seven (285ml) ..... Handle (425ml)
Glass (200ml) ..... Pot (285ml) ..... Schooner (425ml)
- South Australia
Butcher (200ml) ..... Schooner (285ml) ..... Pint (425ml)
Seven (200ml) ..... Ten (285ml) ..... Pint (425ml)
Glass (200ml) ..... Pot (285ml)
- Western Australia
Bobby (200ml) ..... Glass (285ml) ..... Pot (425ml)
Most hotels use personalised beer coasters, or at least ones related
to the beer they're serving. I've got a collection of these and have
scanned in some of them, for
your viewing pleasure.
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John Shepherd ...
Last modified 21 Jan 1996