New shot glass to ensure Canadian drinks pack even less punch

New shot glass to ensure Canadian drinks pack even less punch

The Can-Pour shot glass fills to the smaller, Canadian ounce

A few years ago, Kyle Tweter and Dan Wilson, owners of The Moose bar in Vancouver, discovered that there was a consistent gap between their liquor inventory at the end of the night compared to their revenue from drinks poured. Most restaurateurs attribute the discrepancy to heavy-handed bartenders or employees sneaking drinks on the job. Tweter and Wilson were shocked when they discovered that it was the shot glass that was the problem—and they decided to do something about it.

A standard, traditional shot glass has a capacity of 30 mL, to satisfy the U.S. requirement that a shot be equal to one fluid ounce, or 29.574 mL.  In Canada, however, the legal minimum requirement for a shot is a Canadian ounce, which, in the imperial system comes out to about 28 ml. Tweter and Wilson thought it was a big enough difference to merit a whole new glass, and thus the Can-Pour, a 28 mL shot glass that’s Government of Canada–tested and approved, was born. The Can-Pour is “designed to look identical to the traditional 30 mL shot glass,” says the company website. “Using Can-Pour, you can generate the same revenue while purchasing 7 per cent less liquor.”

The glass is now available through restaurant supply companies and, although it’s only been on the market for a few months, it’s had tremendous pickup by restaurateurs. For consumers, this means your navel is about to get less fuzzy. According to the National Post’s Adam McDowell, the Can-Pour is “poised to become as much a physical fixture of Canadiana as loonies, toques and Timbits.” Leave it to a couple of Vancouverites to ruin the party for the rest of us.

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