Michigan legislators are hoping to make sure that question has a clear-cut answer by passing a bill that would make it illegal to sell pints that don't measure 16 ounces.
The bill was introduced into the state House by Rep. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights), the youngest member of the House Democratic Caucus, and five other Dems.
The legislation reads: "Sec. 106: An on-premises licensee shall not advertise or sell any glass of beer as a pint in this state unless that glass contains at least 16 oz. of beer."
Michigan law regulates the sale of consumer goods like deli meats and gasoline to ensure the proper amounts are sold.
"Similarly when people buy a pint and they're served less than a pint, it strikes me as sort of low-level fraud," state Rep. Jeff Irwin, D-Ann Arbor, a cosponsor of the bill, told MLive.com.