Real Ale in a Bottle
(or... some of the best fun you can have with your clothes on)
Tins are for beans, not beer!
Real Ale is available in bottles,
Read the label carefully,
Real Ale in a Bottle, or "bottle-conditioned" beer,
does what it says on the bottle.
It still has live yeast, so it matures to produce a sophisticated taste.
Infinitely superior to cans or to mass-advertised pasteurised beers, it offers a quality experience.
Look for the magic words on the label!
The Beginner's Guide to Real Ale in a Bottle
1; Buy some.
2; Put it away.
3; Pour it.
Take a pint glass (oversized if you
can). Rinse it in cold water and shake out the excess water, but do
not dry it.
As the beer level rises, begin to tilt
the glass back to the vertical, but only when you have to.
4; Enjoy it.
Real Beer at home is
a request from the Editor.
I would like to advise our readers where they can find bottle-conditioned beers for consumption at all those parties and nights in front of the footie on the telly. I know that we have a couple of committed off-licences and that supermarkets to a greater or lesser extent realise that their customers want a quality product. However, my knowledge is patchy. I need you to be my eyes and ears.
So, whenever you spot Real Ale in a Bottle, let me know, (by phone, E-mail or post) and I will pass it on to our readers. I would appreciate news of new outlets, and updates on the ones we know.
The sixth edition of the Good Bottled Beer Guide is available from the CAMRA web-site. It shows that Britain’s craft brewers now produce nearly 800 tasty examples of Real Ale in a Bottle including lagers, beers brewed with honey, fruit beers made with damsons or cherries, stouts and porter primed with port, beers made with exotic hops from all over the world, and even one beer with no hops at all.
Editor, Jeff Evans said: ‘Most of these bottle-conditioned beers are produced by Britain’s smallest breweries. They are hand-crafted beers, brewed with imagination and integrity and bring with them a taste of their home region. They are the beer equivalent of a farmhouse cheese or an independent baker’s bread. It’s not easy to get hold of small breweries’ beers in many pubs, as most pubs are tied to beer supplies from big, international companies, but visit a specialist beer shop, drop into a regional craft centre or wander around a farmer’s market you’ll find plenty of good, honest beers at remarkably good value prices.’
Copies of the Good Bottled Beer Guide can be bought at CAMRA Beer Festivals or online. If you still have difficulty finding a copy, contact us, and we‘ll order one from our Head Office. We spoil you!