1. Don't miss FUNK Boston: A Wild & Sour Beer Fest on June 14 & 15!

Help with terminology for a draught beer slang

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Dougger, Dec 8, 2012.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Dougger

    Dougger Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2012 Michigan

    I have been collecting the slang phrases for ordering a draught beer... please add your knowledge to the list.
    When ordering a draught beer one might ask for a ...SHELL, PULL, DRAW, DRAFT, ?
    lynda101 likes this.
  2. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,442) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    A "shell" is just a straight-sided beer glass (as noted below, in an '30's era illustration from The Oxford Companion to Beer).

    ...so, "Gimme a shell of..." is more akin to asking for a glass/mug, etc. Shells were commonly served with a bottle of beer, too (often inverted over the bottle's mouth/neck when brought to a table on a tray with several bottles).

    To confuse matters, the reusable/returnable deposit waxed-cardboard cases
    that returnable beer bottles came in were also called "shells".
  3. Dougger

    Dougger Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2012 Michigan

    In addition to the knowledge and background of a slang phase for ordering a draught, which is important to my quest, please add any slang saying you might know or have heard...
    I enjoy using them to watch the expression of confusion on the face of the waitress/waiter or bartender..!!
  4. NickMunford

    NickMunford Champion (866) Oct 2, 2006 Wyoming

  5. bleakies

    bleakies Disciple (356) Apr 11, 2011 Massachusetts

    "Gimme a pint."

    (For demonstration purposes only. In real-life situations, please say "please".)
    Dougger likes this.
  6. kneary13

    kneary13 Initiate (0) Jan 30, 2010 Massachusetts

    Dougger likes this.
  7. MinorThreat

    MinorThreat Zealot (592) Apr 7, 2008 Nebraska

    In most modern bar applications a shell is keg separate from the beer that a deposit is paid for.
    elgiacomo likes this.
  8. biglobo8971

    biglobo8971 Disciple (390) May 6, 2010 Minnesota

    this term always helps me get a beer: "Please"
    3Hops, bstyle, Azzy and 5 others like this.
  9. PuFtonLyfe

    PuFtonLyfe Initiate (0) Jun 2, 2011 North Carolina

  10. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    Yesterday, at the likker sto', I heard a guy say "Do you have 12 packs of Guinness Drawts"? Not lying. Never heard it said like that before, and I come from the land of funny accents.
  11. Brunite

    Brunite Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2009 Illinois

    I've always been partial to; "Whatever he's buying ------->"
  12. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Devotee (485) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    Could be wrong but I think "drawts" is the British pronunciation.
    Dougger likes this.
  13. Vonstein15

    Vonstein15 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2010 Ohio

    i need another Dark Lord before happy hour ends
    VncentLIFE likes this.
  14. Docrock

    Docrock Defender (651) Jan 21, 2012 Illinois

    I've heard Drag used
    Dougger likes this.
  15. LiquidCourage

    LiquidCourage Initiate (168) Nov 1, 2012 Rhode Island

    British people are dirty
    5thOhio likes this.
  16. kingofhop

    kingofhop Initiate (0) May 9, 2010 Oklahoma

    [q uote="5thOhio, post: 714539, member: 138315"]Could be wrong but I think "drawts" is the British pronunciation.[/quote]This guy had his ball cap on backwards, an "I Love Hank Williams Jr" T-shirt and was obviously even more of a backwoods redneck hick than I am. I was thunder struck. fookin bloody 'ell.
  17. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,781) Mar 18, 2010 California

  18. WhatANicePub

    WhatANicePub Initiate (137) Jul 1, 2009 United Kingdom (Scotland)

    No, the British pronunciation of draught is "draft". But if you'd only ever seen "draught" written down, you might reasonably enough think it was pronounced to rhyme with "caught".
    dianimal likes this.
  19. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,525) Mar 12, 2009 New York

    For second or later serving. "May I have a fill?"
    Dougger likes this.
  20. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    Otra Cerveza por favor.
    afrokaze likes this.
  21. dennis3951

    dennis3951 Champion (877) Mar 6, 2008 New Jersey

  22. 5thOhio

    5thOhio Devotee (485) May 13, 2007 South Carolina

    I stand corrected. But what does a Scot know about the correct pronunciation of English?
    jRocco2021 likes this.
  23. Dougger

    Dougger Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2012 Michigan

    True... a "drag" or "draw" of draught beer refers to a spicket pour from an unpressurized barrel of beer...
    "Good Sir, please drag me another stout..!!"
    Docrock likes this.
  24. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (2,344) May 30, 2005 Michigan

    "I'll have a tall, cold one, please."
  25. KWMiles

    KWMiles Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2012 Minnesota

    "I will have a beer, please."
  26. fredmugs

    fredmugs Poo-Bah (1,511) Aug 11, 2012 Indiana

  27. Tony412

    Tony412 Initiate (131) Jan 26, 2012 Michigan

    I'll have a chelada!
  28. carteravebrew

    carteravebrew Devotee (481) Jan 21, 2010 Colorado

    I think "nip" and "half" are used in England for smaller draught pours...someone correct me here?
    Dougger likes this.
  29. checktherhyme

    checktherhyme Initiate (173) Apr 8, 2008 Washington

  30. VncentLIFE

    VncentLIFE Meyvn (1,366) Feb 16, 2011 North Carolina

    Give me something not made by ABInBev (only if a few GI beers are on).
  31. TheBishopco

    TheBishopco Disciple (373) Feb 4, 2011 Tennessee

    I'll ask. What is the "proper" pronunciation of draught? I have honestly never heard the word said out loud.
  32. Biffster

    Biffster Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2004 Michigan

    Where I come from, a "shell" is a a 10- or 12 oz draft (or draught) beer served in a curve sided glass like a tiny pilsner or hefeweizen glass. Normally provided as distribution vessels for a pitcher at a bowling alley or any bar without a wine list....

    But hey, Detroit is Detroit. What do I know....
    ChrisM361 likes this.
  33. DanK4

    DanK4 Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2012 Maine

    Detroit Rock City
  34. elNopalero

    elNopalero Poo-Bah (2,987) Oct 14, 2009 Texas

    For the longest time I thought "draught" and "draft" were two different things. And then I started drinking beer.

    Some other terms I've heard for a beer (in English) have been covered: pour, pull, pint... but in Spanish slang there's at least a dozen to choose from.
  35. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,442) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    You mean, a glass like this:

    Interesting. Usually called a "sham pilsner" (a sham being that thick bulb that is the base of the glass) within the industry, altho' glassmaker Libbey just calls them "pilsners" in their catalog. They came in a number of different sizes (6 oz. - 12 oz). Used to be one of the standard beer glasses for draught beer in the US - I miss them (and their 25-35¢ cost) although they still can be found in old man bars. I think I pay 75¢ for a Yuengling Lager in that size in a place I'll go for lunch sometimes.

    Beer glass shapes often are called various different names, and the terminology will change region to region, as well. My favorite example is a "schooner" (seen only partially, on the right, in the illustration in my post above) is usually a giant goblet, but in the PNW apparently means a half pint glass these days.
    Dougger likes this.
  36. fauxpunker

    fauxpunker Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2012

    Though I usually use it more for hard liquor, asking for a "swig" can be fun.
  37. Dougger

    Dougger Initiate (0) Dec 8, 2012 Michigan

    Actually, a "swig" is a taste Small "slurp" of beer or whatever. Unfortunately it is usually ask for by someone referring to some other's drink!! If SHE said can I have a "swig" of your beer I might say "only if I can have a swig of your's."
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.