A beer engine, also known as a hand pump, is a uniquely British dispensing device that is specifically appropriate for traditional cask-conditioned ales. The beer engine is a piston pump that allows the casks to be kept in cooler cellar below the bar and the beer to be pulled or drawn up to the bar. <...> A simple gravity tap is suitable for a cask-conditioned ale if the proper cask temperature can be maintained, but a beer engine is imperative if the cask is in a remote location.
— The Oxford Companion to Beer
A beautiful bank of five beer engines (and, in the foreground, the fruits of a pull), as seen at...
29 June 2013.
- Cask Ale Week is a celebration of Britain's National Drink and the home of cask ale - the great British pub - from 27 September through 6 October 2013. The week is supported by thousands of brewers, pub groups and individual pubs who wish to shout about the fact that they are proud to sell, drink and enjoy a wonderful product which is only available in the pub.
- Cask Ale Week is officially only observed in Britain, but why not celebrate cask ale —the breweries that brew it, and the pubs that serve it— all this week here in the U.S.?
- Pic(k) of the Week: one in a weekly series of personal photos, often posted on Saturdays, and often, but not always, with a good fermentable as a subject. Camera: Olympus Pen E-PL1.
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