Tweet It's likely that here, in a village near Prague, CZ, I'm not getting the significance of all this very British "cask vs. keg" thing, so I hope my insular friends and readers will forgive me if what I'm about to say turns out to be utter bollocks. I find this so heated debate quite amusing, really, mostly because the solution to it is very simple.
Get people from each side of the fence and give them, respectively, a pint of top of the range, dog's bollocks cask ale and a pint of top of the range, dog's bollocks keg beer. Anyone who refuses to drink it solely based on the way it was dispensed is a moron and we all know there is no point in arguing with morons. The rest will sure find common ground and will agree that both beers are good and that is only thing that really matters.
After all, cask, keg, craft, industrial, innovative, traditional do not guarantee good beer any more than a pretty label, funny ad, witty slogan do. We all know that, I assume, and yet it seems we are fascinated by this "emptyties".
If you don't believe me, look at what happened the other day in Zak Avery's blog. Zak wanted to speak about what makes a beer great using as example one Ampleforth Abbey Double, which seems to be damn fine "regardless of" what the label says. In the comments someone started asking about the "Abbeyness" of the brewery. A legitimate question, mind you, but one that felt a bit out of place in this context and one that shows our obsession with emptyties.
Meanwhile, not few brewers are still banging their chests with their craft beer credentials (I wish I had made that up), shouting to the four winds that their beers are "hand crafted", that they are "natural" (really, beer is as natural as a cup of latte macchiato), brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot, that they don't do it for money but for passion and because they want to change the world one pint at a time, all while they proudly show us their new labels, plan their latest marketing gimmick and, of course, throw shit at the evil "industrials", knowing full well that we will all play their game.
Isn't it about time we demanded they talked about what really makes their beers so good? (if they are so).
I don't give a flying fuck about what the inspiration for a recipe was, or about the origin of the name, I want to know what ingredients were used and where they came from. I don't want to read of the umpteenth time the history of a style copied from Wikipedia, I want to know processes and how much time the beer was given and the quality controls it went through. I want to know why that beer turned out to be good.
Yes, there are some brewers who talk about all this, at least to some extent, but I get the impression that either they are not enough or we are not paying them enough attention, we should correct that.
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