Thursday, January 24, 2008


To my post—Tales from the (Georgia) RoadAnonymous makes a valid point about the clarity of real ale — or the lack of it — when a cask is moved about.

I've been brewing and serving cask ale in the US since the early 1990s; the moment is overdue for observations on 'American' practice versus 'English'.

For the former, for better or worse, clarity is not always a primary concern, and, in fact, is not necessarily encouraged. Carbonation and alcohol levels drift higher, and other things differ, such as the use of a beer engine sparkler. These variations all speak to the core of the debate — on what is or is not real ale.

I'll report back in a couple weeks on this — in detail.

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