Half a pint of bitter

This week's mindbender has been adapted from a puzzle I found in the excellent "Penguin Book of Curious and Interesting Puzzles" by David Wells. In the original puzzle beer was only 20p a pint!

The puzzle

A stranger walks into the new Boston United Sports Bar and puts a pound coin on the counter and asks for half a pint of bitter. The barmaid asks him whether he would like Batemans or Worthington. The stranger asks for Batemans. Another complete stranger comes into the bar, puts a pound on the counter and also asks for half a pint of bitter. The barmaid immediately pulls half a pint of Batemans. How did she know what the second man, who was completely unknown to her, wanted?

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