What's the difference between cask ale and lager or keg ales?
Alternatively known as real beer, cask beer, real ale, cask conditioned beer, beer from the handpump
• Is a fresh, natural product full of flavour and character.
• Is one of the best tasting, most satisfying drinks in the world when served in good condition.
• Is made from 4 wholesome ingredients: water, malted barley, hops and yeast
• Is an unpasteurised, fresh product containing live yeast (the bio-yoghurt of the beer world)
• Is fermented twice, once at the brewery and once in the cellar of the pub
• Isn’t fizzy or over-creamy because it has no added gas. The light sparkle, or ‘tingle on the tongue’ in cask ale is from carbon dioxide produced naturally during the fermentation process
• Can be identified by the ‘handpull’ on the bar, and the barrel shaped containers in the cellar
• Needs very special care and attention by licensees: they receive from the brewery an unfinished product. The quality of what they serve to the customer depends on their care regime, their commitment to standards
• Should be totally clear and served at a cool 11 – 13 degrees centigrade (cool and refreshing and allowing all the full flavours and aromas to be savoured)
• And most importantly of all, unlike keg products cask ale is a product which can only be experienced in its full glory in the pub
Keg beers, smooth beers, lagers and stouts are different from cask beers. They:-
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