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Old 01-10-2005, 09:17 AM   #1
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Here is a thread about different pub culture.

Unfortunately some of these traditions are dying out, but in some small country towns, you still see them.

In some states in Australia if you place your empty glass right way up on the bar, you'll get a re-fill, when you are finished drinking you lay your glass on its side on the bar and the bar person knows not to re-fill it for you.

However if you put your glass upside down on the bar, you are signifying that you up for a fight and will take on anyone.

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Old 01-10-2005, 10:20 PM   #2
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I can wait here all night.



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Old 01-11-2005, 09:51 AM   #3
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Old 01-11-2005, 04:30 PM   #4
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Well, that just ruins my joke then! It's a picture of an upside-down glass mug.

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Old 01-12-2005, 08:12 PM   #5
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Hey that's a riot! Especially the upside-down mug. Never heard of that before.

At the pub I worked at for a while, you'd put a coaster on top of your pint glass if you were leaving the bar for a few minutes but would be back.

We didn't have anything to signify you were ready for a good brawl, though

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Old 01-18-2005, 01:28 PM   #6
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Funny here in New York the fights just happen without the beer mug being upsidedown.........

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Old 02-04-2005, 07:26 PM   #7
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In Germany:

Glass: When you're empty the server just asks if you want another, not before.

Ceramic Mug (without a pewter lip/top): Lay it over on its side for a refill.

Ceramic Mug (with a pewter lip/top): Closed means you're OK. Open means a refill. If you look like you don't know what you're doing and leave it open they will check and correct your "gasthaus etiquette".

Other than that they can read the "glasses" from across the room and don't bother you like American servers do.

In Germany you also get a new glass not just a refilled old glass. The glasses have markings on the side (near the top) that indicate how much beer is supposed to be in the glass - it's a law. If you get one that is below the line you can send it back to be filled. If you've been in the gasthaus most of the night and/or are a regular and are close to leaving but don't want a full beer then you can ask for a "schnitt" (which means to cut or slice) which is a half beer or a fast pour. Sometimes they won't even charge you for it.

You also don't get/order another unless the other one is empty first.

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That line on the glass law is a good idea. I see pint glasses in the states that have the line, but so few beertenders know how to pour a proper beer. 3 inches of head...no head at all...underfills. Pretty sloppy.

As far as always getting a new glass, I always tell the bartender I don't want a new glass (so as not to be a pain and because what do I care, especially if it's the same kind of beer), but they always get me a new one at pubs in California.

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I think most bars here give you a new glass with your beer. Havent really seen any beer traditions around here. Usually the sign for wanting a fight is putting someone in a headlock or swinging a pool stick at them.....but i stay away from that, just watch for entertainment.

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I think most bars here give you a new glass with your beer. Havent really seen any beer traditions around here. Usually the sign for wanting a fight is putting someone in a headlock or swinging a pool stick at them.....but i stay away from that, just watch for entertainment.

...uh, after how many brews are you able to read these alleged signs?
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