Middy’s here to stay, say pubs

THE once-beloved middy glass may be disappearing from the shelves of pubs and clubs in Sydney, but it still enjoys its popularity among Wagga drinkers.

William Farrer Hotel licensee David Barnhill reckons “about 20 per cent” of beers sold in his pub are served in middies and he doesn’t think the 285ml glass is dying out.

Though he does concede the 425ml schooner glass has become the powerhouse of the pub.

“Schooners have probably become more popular,” he said.

“Drinkers realise there’s better value for money in a schooner.”

The humble middy is popular with a wide cross-section of drinkers at the William Farrer Hotel, with Mr Barnhill among those appreciating the smaller glass.

But that popularity isn’t enjoyed everywhere, with Romano’s Hotel licensee Wayne Mutton reporting a definite change in beer drinking habits in recent times.

“When I first started we still kept seven glasses (200ml) cold for beer – there was one set of schooners, one of sevens and the rest were middies,” he said.

“Now we don’t even keep sevens and we have one set of middies and six sets of schooners.”

Romano’s largely attracts a younger clientele and Mr Mutton said schooners reigned supreme among that crowd.

But the appreciation for the middy in Wagga is still alive and well – it just depends on where you go.

At the Union Club Hotel, middies are even more popular, accounting for two in every five beers sold, according to licensee Rob Norris.

“We’d probably do 60 per cent schooners and 40 per cent middies,” he said.

“In our glass chillers at the moment we’ve got eight racks of middies and eight racks of schooners.”

TIME-HONOURED: Is the humble middy disappearing from Wagga? Not quite yet – William Farrer Hotel employee Alex Robertson still serves plenty of beer in the 285ml glass. Picture: Addison Hamilton

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