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"He asked a bar tender to pull him a beer." Can we say that to mean that someone pulls the handle to get beer out of a keg?
Last edited by ostap77; 15-Nov-2010 at 10:55.
"Pull a beer" to mean pouring beer from a keg or a tap in a pub is strictly BrE. In AmE "pull a beer" would confuse any native speaker. In AmE, if a patron is requesting a beer to be "pulled" ("on draft", rather than in a bottle), he would request his brew of choice to be "draft" or "on tap."
'Fraid not. Draught beer (the word is related to 'drag') is pulled from the cask using a handle mounted on the bar-top; the handle is the lever of a pump, which [U]draws[/U the beer up from the keg (which could be either under the bar or in the cellar)]. You can get something marketed as 'draught beer' in individual cans, but that's just marketing!
Incidentally, students may be interested to know that there's another use of 'pull' in this context. A person drinking something (often beer) can 'pull at' it or 'take a pull' at it.