But what is a firkin, aside from a word that lets brewers get cheeky with promotional material?
By definition, it’s a measurement of cask-conditioned ale that equals about one-quarter of a standard keg (“I drank too much and feel like I could hurl a firkin.”) The cask in which the ale is contained is also called a firkin (“If you play Mumford & Sons one more time, I’m smashing this firkin over your head.”)
A firkin holds about 72 pints and requires a bit of skill, and a mallet, to tap. The brew is then served right from the cask in which it was fermented.
See and taste for yourself at firkin tappings this week in the Springs:
- Old Chicago will unveil a “traveling firkin” of Bristol’s Winter Warlock cask with vanilla and coffee, 6 p.m. Thursday at the restaurant’s Powers location, 3190 New Center Point
- Trinity Brewing Company will host a monthly First Saturday Firkin Tapping! at noon, 1466 Garden of the Gods Road West, #184. Firkin pints are $3.