Hockey Fans Sue Over Fake Beer Sizes Because the Economy


We know. You’re not drunk. You’re from Wisconsin, or Idaho, or who cares. 

People are litigious by nature because cash grabs are fun. That, and the American Justice System needs some serious reform, but that’s another blog post somewhere else.

There’s the woman who sued (and beat) McDonald’s for having the nerve to serve hot coffee. There’s this guy who sued Anheuser-Busch for beer not giving him delusions of naked women (really). And then there is a class-action lawsuit from the state of Idaho suing for — wait for it — beer fraud.

God bless America, indeed.

The Idaho Steelheads, a “AA” affiliate of my Dallas Stars in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), have a kerfuffle brewing about its beer sizes (see what I did there). The small is $4 and the large is $7. Sounds reasonable if you are in to that sort of thing, but one problem — the cups may have different dimensions but they are the same size. 

And now, they are being sued for their issues.

“While different shapes, both cup sizes hold substantially the same amount of liquid and are not large versus small in actual capacity,” the group’s attorney, Wyatt Johnson, wrote in the lawsuit, per the AP. “Defendants knowingly sold each of their beers in a similar manner at each event held at the arena where beer was sold for at least the last five years.”

The suit was filed just days after a YouTube video posted by Gwen Gibbs (seen below).  In the video, you’ll notice two things: 1.) Gibbs demonstrates how the same amount of liquid can be used to fill both the large and small beer cups. And 2.) Gibbs needs to consider strongly the possibility of going back to school for spelling. (Watch how “h-o-c-k-e-y” is spelled in the video.) 

“It’s amazing what can be done with one little video and the power of social media,” Gibbs told the Idaho Statesman.

As social media continues to enable to hapless, we have this too-late-to-the-party-caught-with-his-pants-down comment from Century Link Arena President Eric Trapp.

“It was recently brought to our attention that the amount of beer that fits in our large (20-oz) cups also fits in our regular (16-oz) cups. The differentiation in the size of the two cups is too small. To correct that problem, we’re purchasing new cups for the large beers that will hold 24 ounces, instead of 20, for the remainder of this season to provide better value to our fans.”

This is ‘Merica, Trapp! You don’t get to sell beer on the cheap. Yous gots some ‘splainin to do.