THE humble middy might be slowly disappearing from local bars, but reports of its imminent death are a tad premature, the city's publicans say.
The once-ubiquitous 285ml glass is being permanently shelved in some Sydney pubs, with a thirst for the larger schooner and a shift in drinking culture among the younger crowd blamed for its demise.
While some of the more "old-school" Griffith pubs and clubs are still pouring plenty of middies, other licensed venues are seeing a dramatic change in drinking habits.
"The younger ones do prefer schooners and I've noticed a real shift in the past few years," Gemini Hotel licensee Michael Catanzariti said.
"I've noticed with a lot of pubs in the city, when you ask for a beer, you automatically get a schooner now, but we still ask the question."
Over at the main Exies Club, the migration from middy to schooner is happening at a much slower rate.
"It's much the same as it's always been, it hasn't changed that much," Exies operations manager Garry Tucker said.
"We're not a nightclub though and we're more focused on servicing our members.
"I have noticed a big change in the young ones moving away from beer to RTDs (ready to drinks) though."
Griffith Hotel licensee Tim Olivero said the middy-schooner divide was very much connected to age.
"The younger ones do tend to drink schooners whereas the older regulars prefer a middy," Mr Olivero said.
"I've only noticed a small change but it may well be that the poor old middy is slowly being phased out."