“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%