Recently the issue came up the end of a pub crawl in one of our finest local pubs. The two individuals concerned are office-holders in the local branch and people who I would count as friends. But their opinions are pretty uncompromising, and I would say follow these principles:
- Cask-conditioned (and bottle-conditioned) beer is intrinsically superior to all other forms of beer
- Most non-real products are worthless crap
- There may be some half-decent beer available in places like Prague and Munich, but it’s not a patch on real ale
- So-called “craft keg” is just old-fashioned keg dressed up in a trendy suit
- CAMRA should officially not make any favourable mention whatsoever of non-real beers
As founder member Michael Hardman famously said:
“I must point out that we’re not fighting against anything, we’re fighting for something,” he says, as measured as a well-poured pint. “There may be some members who give a different impression and I apologise to the general drinking public for the fact that we’ve recruited those people.”But unfortunately there are still many members who feel that the endless war against keg is their primary purpose. Supporting something doesn’t mean that you have to condemn everything else that doesn’t fall within that category.