Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cask ale defense

Comments to blog posts, by their very nature —they are comments, after all— do not have the same intrinsic impression that the original posts do. And that's not fair, because many are cogent replies.

Take for example, this one by Eric Denman, who was responding to my post— Cask ale: it's the freshness, baby.

When I had asked, "Why must so many descriptions of cask ale be couched in negative —if gentle— terms?", he replied:

All good points. I tend to use the slightly disparaging terms to challenge people: the overlap between DCist's audience and people who would normally attend the real ale fest is insignificant. If I can make our readers think about beer as something other than liters to be chugged, then that's my goal. As someone who sells cask ale day-in, day-out, I know that couching it in terms that the average drinker can understand is like walking a tightrope.

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