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Firkin November 29, 2007

I learned a new word.  A firkin is a small keg equivalent to one portion of a barrel.  I have conflicting information as to exactly how much–Wikipedia says it’s 1/4 of a barrel, the Metro says it’s 1/3–but I really like this word. 

According to Wikipedia, “A Firkin is an old English unit of volume. The name is derived from the Middle Dutch word vierdekijn, which means fourth, i.e. a fourth of a full-size barrel. The firkin (a firkin of water) is the base unit of mass in the FFF (Furlong/Firkin/Fortnight) System of units.”  I recommend going to this Wikipedia site and reading everything about the firkin because there’s a really cool table of measurements on it. 

Another online dictionary defines firkin as: “Any of several British units of capacity, usually equal to about 1/4 of a barrel or 9 gallons (34 liters).”

So I guess the Metro was wrong, surprise surprise.

So on to my next point, I found out about this word because Standard Tap, in Philadelphia, recently offered firkins of beer to their customers.  Which brings me to my next and final point, which is that Yards Brewing Company, whose brewery was formerly located on a hidden back alley in Fishtown and was a favorite destination of Matt’s and mine, is reopening at Delaware Ave. and Girard. The current brewery will be turned into a Philadelphia Brewing Company, the owners being the same as the Standard Tap’s.  (See how I am connecting this all together?  I wasn’t sure how I was going to so that when I started talking about firkins.)

I am really hoping that Yards continues its tradition of free tours and tastings on Saturdays at their new location.  Fun stuff.