Schooner (glass)

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A schooner is a type of glass for serving drinks. In the United Kingdom it is the name for a large sherry glass. In Australia it is the name for a particular glass size, used for any type of beer.

United Kingdom[edit]

In Britain, a schooner is a large sherry glass. Sherry is traditionally served in one of two measures, based on how tots was served in naval days.[citation needed] There was a clipper, the smaller measure, or a schooner, the larger measure, named after the sort of ships that brought sherry over from Spain. The schooner name was more particular to Bristol, to where most sherry was imported, stored and bottled. It is usually served on its own. Also since 2011 beer and cider is permitted to be sold in 2/3 pint (379ml) glasses known by some as 'schooners' but not defined as such in UK legislation.[1]

Newcastle Brown Ale is traditionally served in a half-pint glass called a schooner, or 'Geordie schooner'.


In all Australian states other than South Australia, a "schooner" is a 425 mL glass (15 imp. fl. oz., or three-quarters of an imperial pint, pre-metrication). It is the most common size in New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory, although not unknown in other states. Some hospitality venues in Western Australia are going through a process of "schoonerification", whereby the previous culture of drinking by pints has been changed with vessels of schooner size to allay increasing costs to venues and with encouragement from the state government to curb binge drinking.

In South Australian pubs and clubs, the term "schooner" refers to a glass with a capacity of 285 mL (known as a "pot" elsewhere in Australia, and a "middy" in New South Wales and Western Australia 10 imp. fl. oz., or half an imperial pint, pre-metrication).

There is no legal definition of a schooner in Australia,[2] the volume of beer served depends on the venue. A calibrated 420 ml glass may be used and filled to about 15 mm of the rim resulting in a "schooner" of 375 ml of beer.

Canada and United States[edit]

In Canada, a "schooner" refers to a large capacity beer glass. Unlike the Australian schooner, which is smaller than a pint, a Canadian schooner is always larger. Although not standardized, the most common size of schooner served in Canadian bars is 32 oz. (946 mL); the volume of two US pints. It is usually a tankard (mug) shaped glass, rather than a pint shaped glass. It shouldn't be confused with Schooner Lager, which is a regional brand of beer found only in the eastern maritime provinces of Canada.

In the United States, "schooner" refers to the shape of the glass (rounded with a short stem), rather than the capacity. It can range from 18 oz. (532 mL) to 32 oz. (946 mL).


  1. ^ "UK Weights and Measures". UK Government. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Alcohol". Retrieved 15 September 2017.

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