Stovepipe Cans - The True North
Strong and Canadian Pint

Fun fact: the true North Canadian Pint is 20oz. Not 16, 14 or even 18. It’s an exact 20oz glass. In Canada, we take this seriously—the pint is actually a protected measurement. In what is potentially the most Canadian law ever, The Fairness at the Pumps Act came into being on Aug. 1, 2014 and defined a legal pint in Canada as 20 imperial oz or 568mil. So, if a Canadian bar or restaurant is claiming to serve you a pint, that’s what you should be getting.

If you’re served even half an oz less, you can complain to Measurement Canada, a national agency that protects the interests of consumers, and ensures you get what you paid for. Businesses shorting customers can be fined, from $250 for each minor offence to $2,000 for a major one. So next time you wander into a restaurant, and they offer you a pint and you take out your handy dandy measuring cup only to discover it’s just 18oz (or most commonly 16oz), you can file an official complaint here.


U.S ounces

Imperial ounces (brim)

Pour Line
(2 oz. foam)
American Pint 16 ounces 16.7 ounces 473 ml 14.7 ounces 435 ml
Canadian Pint 19.2 ounces 20 ounces 545.5 ml 18 ounces 511 ml

In a fit of Canadian pride and summer sun, our friends over at Blindman Brewing created their light and crushable Summer Super Session Ale in true Canadian Pint fashion. Their delicious beer comes in the infamous 568ml Stovepipe can. Not yet available in BC, these crazy can sizes have started to pop up across Eastern Canada in the last few years. Only available from the canneries a couple of times a year, they match the typical 478ml can in diameter, but they are a bit taller and, obviously, a whole lot more Canadian.

Check out the full tale of Blindman Brewing’s Summer Super Session Ale here.