How do you order a beer in Australia?

How do you order a beer in Australia, beer glass sizes Australia

Bloody good question! Having lived in more cities than I have handbags, I’ve learnt first-hand that every Australian state has their own rules when it comes to ordering a vessel of beer. Each size of beer glass goes by a different name in each state. And some have weird names: Shetland, Pony, Butcher, etc.

Next thing you know, I’ll be ordering a camel of Super Dry.

And sometimes, the same name in one state can mean a very different thing in another state. Like when I first moved from South Australia to New South Wales and kept ordering a pint of Coopers, wondering why I was getting funny looks and a beer the size of the Oasis of the Seas. I’ve since learnt that a pint in South Australia is a totally different size to a pint in every other part of Australia.

I’ve also learnt that if you ask for a pot of Tooheys Extra Dry in Sydney, you’re likely to be met with a blank stare. Right, a pot of beer is a Victorian thing.

How do you order a beer in Australia, beer glass sizes Australia, Forest Brewing Company, Otway Ranges

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Here’s the beer sizes in Australia you need to know

Despite now being all too aware of the dangers of a pint glass, I still start to sweat when I have to order a beer. So I’ve created this chart of beer sizes in Australia for the back of the toilet door, so I can learn my beer ordering timetables. I hope this helps.

New South WalesVictoriaQueensland
1140mlJugJugJug
575ml
568mlPintPint
425ml *popular size*SchoonerSchoonerSchooner
285mlMiddyPotMiddy / Ten / Pot
225ml
200mlSevenGlassBeer / Seven
170mlSmall Glass
140mlPonyPonyFive
115ml
South AustraliaWestern AustraliaTasmania
1140mlJugJugJug
575mlPot
568mlImperial PintPint
425ml *popular size*PintSchoonerFifteen / Schooner
285mlSchoonerMiddyPot / Handle / Ten
225mlEight
200mlButcherGlassSeven
170mlBobbieSix
140mlPonyPony
115mlShetlandSmall Beer
Australian Capital TerritoryNorthern Territory
1140mlJugJug
575ml
568mlPintPint
425ml *popular size*SchoonerSchooner
285mlMiddyMiddy / Pot
225ml
200mlSevenSeven
170ml
140ml
115ml

Warning: this isn’t an exact science. If it wasn’t confusing enough, some sizes are more popular than others, so won’t be found in some pubs, and some age groups use different names altogether. I’m also no beer expert – I just have access to Google. I wish you luck, because you’ll likely need it.

If all else fails, just order a jug of beer – there’s no conjecture there.

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