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View Poll Results: Do you know what real ale is.
Of course I know what it is. 104 62.28%
I know of it but not sure what it is. 18 10.78%
It's not real it's just something the beer snobs in the UK make a fuss about 21 12.57%
No I don't know what it is. 12 7.19%
I don't care what it is. 16 9.58%
So what is the difference between a cask and a keg and whats wrong with a tap instead of a pump? 13 7.78%
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Old 05-26-2007, 06:02 PM   #1
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Default Real Ale.

Just wondering how many of you know what real ale is, or if you care.
What's you're attitude to it?

I admit I'm an EAC beer snob.

I really try hard and am 95% successful to only drink real ale.
I will not drink kegged/tapped bitter.
I refuse to drink tapped lagers or ciders.
I will not drink canned beers.

If all else fails I'll 99% of the time drink bottled Newcastle Brown Ale.
If I'm abroad then I'll settle for bottled pils.

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Old 05-26-2007, 06:04 PM   #2
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I have a pretty good idea, and I'd love to try one someday in an English pub. CAMRA makes me want to not care.

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I have a pretty good idea, and I'd love to try one someday in an English pub. CAMRA makes me want to not care.
Camra have done alot for real ale. They are a bit political but they do a lot.
(I'm a card carrying member)
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Old 05-26-2007, 07:00 PM   #4
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Just wondering how many of you know what real ale is, or if you care.
What's you're attitude to it?
I enjoy it! Many craft-brew pubs in the US offer a real ale selection, and it's generally the first thing I order.

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I admit I'm an EAC beer snob.

I really try hard and am 95% successful to only drink real ale.
I will not drink kegged/tapped bitter.
I refuse to drink tapped lagers or ciders.
I will not drink canned beers.

If all else fails I'll 99% of the time drink bottled Newcastle Brown Ale.
Suit yourself, but IMHO you're missing out on a lot of great beer (or you would be in the US, anyway). More for me to drink, I guess.

And I pity anyone who would drink a bottled Newcastle over any one of our fine craft-brewed (but "damned to kegs") beer. More often than not, bottled Newcastle in the States is swill. Seriously...clear bottles for a "real" beer?

CAMRA have good intentions, but sticking to the "letter of the law" on real ale rather than the spirit under which it was developed (save the world from bland, processed beers) defeats the purpose.

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If I'm abroad then I'll settle for bottled pills.
Prescription meds are rarely a good substitute for beer.
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Prescription meds are rarely a good substitute for beer.
Dude that is the funniest sh!t I've heard in a long time.

I guess I don't know what "real" ale is, but I have a good idea. FWIW I just went on vacation and drank Newcastle Brown ale almost exclusively.
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Old 05-26-2007, 08:12 PM   #6
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There is a local brewery here in town that offers their best bitter and flagship ales as real ale to pubs and bars. My neighborhood pub carries both of them and they're pretty much all I drink when I'm there, I love the stuff. I'm told it's one of their highest volume beers for sale (the pub, not the brewery).

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Here's why CAMRA kinda irritates me. It seems that their opinion is that real ale is the only kind of beer that should ever be available anywhere. Orfy's post proves that out fairly well. Sure, real ale is great beer. In some cases, it's probably the best beer available. But, it's not THE ONLY beer. Traditionally served cask conditioned beer is not widely available in the US. I wish it were a bit more popular here. The only time I ever had a hand drawn ale from a cask, I did enjoy it quite a bit. However, there are some PHENOMENAL beers available from metal kegs, plain old bottles, and even the occasional can. To turn a blind eye to them because they aren't drawn from a barrel by a fancy beer engine is ignorant.

Orfy, it's not a personal attack...just my opinion on the subject.

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Yuri,

I wanted to get others opinions, If I didn't want them I wouldn't ask. (I value yours)
Now I have a reason for going for real ale every time. The reason is that if I drink a pint in a pub then I do not want to waste my time, effort and money getting **** beer. The beer served in many pubs from taps around the UK is swill to start with. Pretty much like the Ale version of BMC.
At least if it's from a pump then you know you are in with a chance.
Yes some of the tap beer is good and yes some of the pump beer is bad.
But there is too much good real ale for me to try to risk mediocre tap beer.
My local has 6 pumps on that rarely last more than 2 days. I will never run out of new real Ale to try and I love the stuff. If I lived else where then the story would be different.

At present I'm drinking Leffe.


I do not try to say the UK real ale is the only good beer or that anything that is not casked is bad. I'm not saying that I do not drink anything else.

This thread was started not to preach but to listen.

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Old 05-26-2007, 09:26 PM   #9
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I would say this position on beer drinking is ignorance.. but its strange because those who share this view on "real ale" seem too intelligent to fall prey to most ignorant one sided viewpoints.. Its very strange.

Me for one love anything that has had thought put into it and isnt being used to brainwash the masses (BMC)

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I absolutely love real ale. It's by far my preferred 'type' of beer. But I'll drink kegged beer over cans or bottles, most times. And great beer can come in anything, as far as I can tell. But for me, nothing beats a hand-pulled ale. I wish we had more of it in the US.

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