PUB LIFE: Generally by the Half

Keg taps.

A sad-eyed veteran of perhaps 28 shows a newbie, baby-faced and keen to please, around behind the bar.

The Vet points to the keg taps.

Now, these stronger ones we gen­er­al­ly only serve by the half.”

So I should nev­er serve them by the pint?”

Well, not nev­er. Gen­er­al­ly.”

The Vet leans on the bar and gives a Han Solo smirk.

As long as they’re not rat-arsed, and not act­ing the arse­hole, you can serve them pints. Obvi­ous­ly, if they’re absolute­ly arse­holed, don’t serve them any­thing.”

Cool, cool, yeah, yeah, yeah.”

But if they do insist on a pint, warn them about the price before you pull it, because if they weren’t act­ing like arse­holes before, the might start when you tell ’em it’s eight quid a pint.”

FNG’s eyes pop.

Eight quid?”

Well, like I say, we do gen­er­al­ly serve it by the half.”