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Recipe: Halfway Crooks Pintje Pils

“Pintje is an homage to the type of pilsners brewed in Belgium,” says Joran Van Ginderachter, the Belgian-born cofounder of Halfway Crooks Beer in Atlanta.

Joran Van Ginderachter Sep 10, 2022 - 4 min read

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Pintje is the diminutive for ‘pint,’” Van Ginderachter says. “It is also close to the same word for ‘pinky,’ so we use our pinkies as a symbol to order the beer. Beer is ordered by showing how many beers we want using our fingers, followed by shaking our pinky. It is not rude to flag down a server in this manner—it is in fact, encouraged.”

The Halfway Crooks take is more hop-forward than typical Belgian pils, reveling in German hops and embracing ample yet smooth bitterness. For much more about Belgium’s own lager tradition, see The Everyday Pintje: Searching for Belgian Pils.


Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)
Brewhouse efficiency: 72%
OG: 1.048
FG: 1.008
IBUs: 44
ABV: 5.2%

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