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When it comes to alcohol content, not all beers are created equal

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OCEAN BEACH, Calif. (CBS 8) -- San Diego Beer Week is in full swing and if you're drinking craft beer you might want to take note of the alcohol content.

Many consumers in the United States are used to drinking a light-golden lager, with an alcohol content between four and five percent. But, some craft beers can contain twice the alcohol, sometimes in excess of 11 percent.

"San Diego has some great beer," said Kyle Jaworski, manager of Raglan Public House in Ocean Beach. "It is what we do here and what we focus on."

Raglan posts the alcohol content of each beer they serve on the menu, so customers know what they're getting. Then, they take it a step further.

"We have four different sizes of glasses based on the style of the beer and the alcohol content of the beer," said Jaworski.

The idea being, beers with higher alcohol content get served in smaller glasses.

"Drinking a 16oz (low alcohol) beer, versus a higher alcohol beer in the 12 oz glass, you're going to get the same amount of alcohol or close to the same amount," said Jaworski.

The policy helps customers avoid driving while intoxicated because they can keep track of how much alcohol they are consuming. Of course, the bartender keeps an eye on that too.

"No matter what glassware you put it in, people who want to come in and get really drunk are going to find a way if you don't train you staff correctly," Jaworski said.

If you want to find out the alcohol content of your favorite craft beer, you can search a database posted online at alcoholcontents.com.

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