Amsterdam

A farewell to pints

07 Dec 2016

Unless you’re at an Irish pub or sports bar where you can get a proper pint or half liter mug, beer glasses in the Netherlands tend to come in dainty sizes more suitable for children or ladies who lunch. This does take some getting used to. A man of 6ft and over holding a 0.25l glass of beer does look (how to put it diplomatically?) a little effeminate. Back home in England, Ireland, America or wherever if your mates spotted you drinking from such a puny glass, you’d probably feel like your sister just caught you trying on one of her dresses, but in Amsterdam even longshoremen and street tuffs swill their brews from these miniature tea set receptacles. Relax. You’re in Holland now.

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