Originally Posted by orfy
Even the free houses take some of the big brewery stuff. No accounting for some peoples tastes.
My local has 6 hand pumps and the beer rotates every day so it draws a regular crowd who like "Real ale" but they still have 3 lager taps, 2 Bitter taps. For the people who prefer it.
Can you explain what you mean by hand pumps, lager taps, and bitter taps and what distinguishes the beers dispensed from them? From the way you wrote it, I take it that "Real ale" is dispensed from hand pumps, and that the lagers and bitters are in a different category of brew?
I like Fuller's ESB and 1845. The 1845 says it is bottle-conditioned real ale on the label. Is it available kegged and served with a hand pump in England? How about the Fuller's ESB? The label doesn't mention bottle conditioning or real ale. Is that an example of what you'd find on the bitters tap at your local pub?