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.



  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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