Beer Cup Blues

Michael Solem

The standing-room only popularity of the Red Loft bar has convinced Stan Kasten that it needs to be expanded. Hopefully this, in turn, will result in a few extra ounces in the libation department.

For several games now, my friends have claimed that the beer cups at the Red Loft bar hold less beer than those served for the same price ($7.50) at other beer stands. What a perfect opportunity for a scientific experiment! But before we could begin data collection, we needed a null hypothesis:

Ho: There is no difference in the size of beer cups sold throughout Nationals Park.

Finishing our drinks at Red Loft, we kept one of the beer cups and carried it back to our seats. Along the way, I purchased a Stella at the Base Line Brews near Section 223. Data in hand, it was time for our comparative analysis.

The beer cup pictured on the left is the one we picked up at Red Loft, whereas the beer on the right is the aforementioned Stella. Now, the world is full of optical illusions, especially after several drinks. To test this proposition, I carefully poured my Stella into the empty Red Loft beer cup. Sure enough, there were several ounces of Stella remaining after the Red Loft cup had filled to the brim.

Of course, this may have been a statistical outlier, and not reflective of a general pattern afflicting Nationals Park. So, we returned to Base Line Brews and ordered two more beers, requesting a clear cup and a red souvenir cup, again for the same price. Although the differential was not as striking, one can clearly see that the souvenir cup is slightly smaller.

Although we would have loved to continue this experiment, the rapid pace of Wednesday's game meant the seventh-inning last call arrived at 6 p.m., only 90 minutes into the game. "Just when the rest of the city is opening for happy hour," my friend Brady lamented.

Yet, even with this admittedly limited data set, I think we can confidently reject our null hypothesis (p < 0.01).

By Michael Solem  |  May 2, 2008; 3:42 PM ET  | Category:  Michael Solem
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At the risk of being heckled by commentators, I would say that the amount of beer they seem to give you depends on the amount one has already consumed. After awhile it just goes by so quickly!

Posted by: Cole | May 2, 2008 3:51 PM

Nice posting Michael!

The next study should be:
If Mets fans cheer in the woods, and there's no one around to hear them, do they still make noise?

Posted by: DanD187 | May 3, 2008 8:07 AM

So the recommendation is that I should just buy Stella? That's OK for me!

Posted by: Mike | May 8, 2008 10:40 AM

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