Ask for a schooner in Victoria and you’ll get a blank look. Ask for a pot in Darwin and you’ll probably be arrested. This is a handy guide to the different names for beer glass sizes around Australia.
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While the names might differ, this is the key principle: there’s a name for a large (425ml) and small (285ml) size in every state. Most (but not all states) use schooner for the larger size, but the options for the smaller one vary considerably:
Other sizes do appear. In every state other than South Australia and Victoria, a pint will get you 570ml. (In SA, that’s an imperial pint.) A 140ml beer (really, why bother?) is known as a pony in several states, but it’s far from universally available.
Remember: these sizes only apply to beer on tap. If you have a “senior moment” when you’re in another state, ordering a beer that’s only available in a bottle will avoid using the wrong term. That said, asking for a schooner will work almost everywhere, but you’ll also get sozzled somewhat faster. Except in South Australia. Those names are just weird.
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