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Real Ale

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Real Ale

No village pub would be the same without the sight of a regular supping real ale from his tankard. But what makes it so special? Drinkers of the stuff will tell you it’s all in the taste. The ale must be ‘alive’ when it is drunk, with yeast still present in the container from which the beer is served. It goes through secondary fermentation that allows the complex and interesting flavours to develop, producing a far more full-bodied mouthful. It should be served without the aid of added gas, and dispensed from a hand pump. The drink’s profile has been raised by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, and the surreal moment in a recent television interview which saw Michael Parkinson and Madonna arguing about which ale is best...


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Can't get it anywhere else!


Scott Moore says, "... It may be English, but it is far outclassed by Belgian, German and Czech beer..." He is entitled to his view, no matter how wrong or misguided it is. There are some fine beers in all the countries he mentions - but to suggest, as he does, that all beers from those countries are better than all Real Ales from England is just plain daft. England has around 2,500 Real ales, both draught and bottled, and anyone who can't find one that suits his or her taste just hasn't been trying!
Richard English

Not only is it an English Pub tradition but the recipies are unique to every county you visit, from some of the most delicious ales in Cornwall to the long standing hearty ales of Yorkshire. I ensure everywhere I go in England, the first thing I do is try the local brew. Served up with the local accent there is nothing better (or bitter!)
Simon McFar

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My favourite Icon of England has to be the Cornish Pasty.

Ian Baldry