Fun Fact: Firkin

Bronx, NY-

While doing some reading about cask ales I realized I didn’t actually know much about the term “firkin.” According to Wikipedia, the name derives from the Middle Dutch term vierdekijn meaning a fourth (of a barrel). Interestingly the volume held by a firkin of beer, 41 liters, is significantly less than a firkin of wine, 318 liters. A firkin of beer roughly equals 72 pints.

-Giancarlo

Comments

  1. Firkin! Antiquated measurements are the most satisfying to use. I, for one, would like several fathoms of barleywine after our experience at the Southside Seaport Heartland Brewery!

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