I'm a big ale fan. My two biggest loves in terms of breweries were Wychwood (Hobgoblin is what got me properly into real ales, and the rest of their stuff is gorgeous as well) and Badger ales. I've seen things like Brew Dog and the likes listed, which are awesome. Also, at uni I live in Canterbury, so Shepard Neame is a big name in brewing round here.
I'm increasingly expanding my range of ales; there are far too many to fully list.
"In September this year, the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) banned Freedom Brewery, one of the most notable lager pioneers, from exhibiting at the Summer Beer Festival in Burton-on-Trent."
"Mike Knight, who set up Lagers of the British Isles (LOBI) in response to this snub, is stoic. 'We don't have a lot to do with Camra, though we'd like to,' he says. 'We find that the people we talk to there at ground level are behind what we're doing, but those at the top say: 'You're producing the L-word - and we represent the ale lobby'. I'd like them to recognise us, though, and our door is open.'
Iain Loe, national spokesman for Camra, doesn't mince his words:
"We appreciate high-quality products, and we wish good luck to these brewers. But if you want to build relationships, don't come to us and say 'We started producing beer in the last five minutes and now you have to change everything you believe in' - it's a mixture of naivety and arrogance.""
To quote one of the comments, it makes CAMRA sound like a bunch of real-life Viz real ale *****. They are happy to exhibit and promote real cider and perry, but not real lager. Hypocrisy much?
for me folks its real ale all the way most of the time, as has been mentioned i usually like the local ales on tap. Im also a fan of Guinness, with or without blackcurrent and for lager its got to be kronenbourg, peroni, or san miguel for Euro beers or desperados, cobra, corona and lime and asahi for international ones
(Original post by py0alb)
I love ale, but I do find its a bit warm the way its traditionally served. Hence the reason I tend to buy bottles and chill them to my own preference. A decent lager in the pub, ales at home.
ale should be stored and served at natural cellar temperature of 12 c
chilling lagers is to hide the adverse tastes of many of the commercial chemical products sold as lager