Cask questioning?

DSC03104I keep running the same question through my mind, emphasizing different words to find the answer:

HOW in the hell…

How in THE hell…

How in the HELL…

Why is CAMRA even necessary? Because How in the hell did British drinkers ever let kegs get a foothold? How were the differences not imediately shunned? How did the first keg ever run dry?

I always drool at the difference when I’m able to have a pint on cask, but yesterday this How in the hell-ness exploded into my brain with a pint of Upstream’s Capitol Pale Ale on cask at the source in Omaha’s Old Market.

Soft, lucious, incredible. These are the adjectives one musters. Along with one big question mark: How in the hell…


6 Responses to Cask questioning?

  1. Bailey says:

    This is a big question!

  2. […] This is an interesting and typically passionate post from Brewvana ask why we in Britain need a campaign group to defend and promote cask beer when, to Wilson at least, it’s blindingly obvious how much better it is than keg. […]

  3. Curmudgeon says:

    When you’re comparing keg beer with cask beer in good condition, you may well be right. However, in the 1950s and 1960s, far too much cask beer was very poorly kept and was all too often positively unpleasant. Keg at least offered reliability and consistency.

  4. Wilson says:

    Curmudgeon: that is a very helpful and good point.

  5. MikeMcG says:

    Let’s also be honest about how things are now – as much as there’s some great stuff out there, I’m sad to say but there’s *still* an awful lot of poorly kept, warm, stale or flat cask beer out there in UK – some of it also poorly, cheaply or dull-ly brewed in the first place.

  6. Bailey says:

    Mike McG has hit the nail on the head. I cringe when I see a tourist in London ask for a pint of bitter and get served a pint of, say, Courage Director’s Bitter, with a thin scum on top where the head should be, and heat haze coming from the top.

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