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The Language Of Beer
The Gentle Author talks the language of beer.

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"Crawler" is clearly the antecedent of "pub crawl", a group of people doing pretty much the same thing.

"Dive" has lost most of its "below ground level" denotation in favor of the related connotation of "skeezy and possibly a risky place to drink if you're not one of the regulars".

Is "Pig's Ear" ever shortened to "pig's"? AIUI, that's one of the sources of the legendary opaqueness-to-outsiders of rhyming slang -- i.e. somebody says, "Let's go for a pig's," and unless you know that the whole term is "pig's ear" you have no idea what it might be a rhyme for.

Also, it's cool to finally have some idea of the relative sizes of all those casks!

"Pig's Ear" isn't used here for beer. It may be an old term in East London where the Gentle Author is based, or the Cockney areas.

I knew the casks were different sizes but did not know the actual quantities.

2 x Firkin = 1 Kilderkin
2 x Kilderkin = 1 Barrel
3 x Kilderkin = 1 Hogshead
2 Hogshead = 1 Butt

And these are imperial gallons, not those weedy US gallons Seppos use. :)

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