Free pouring is our 3rd favorite (ok, least favorite) method for pouring alcohol. However, we understand that many bars want free pouring in place for ascetic purposes. A highly skilled bartender can still achieve accurate pours using a free pouring method, just be sure that you are consistently testing your bartender’s pouring count.
In order to test your bartender’s counts, you will need a testing kit. A couple of the popular brands are the Exacto Pour and the ProCheck.
Check out this video for a demonstration of how the kit works:
Just like everything else these days, there is an app for that! Check out the Virtual Pour smartphone app from the World Flair Association:
Remember, whether you are using a measured pour or a free pour, the key is consistency. Over-pouring not only leads to high beverage costs but also increased liability.