Back to Basics
Real Ale is beer, made like it always has
Itís just beer. Real Beer.
Usually it is served by a hand pump, like the one on the right. You can see the bar person physically pulling the beer to serve it.
Keg or smooth beer is not Real Ale, and usually costs more, so that the advertising agency can buy some new Porsches. Only a mug would buy it.
If the beer you see is dispensed from a hideous sculpted or illuminated monstrosity on the bar, leave it alone; it’s not real (it will be lager, keg beer or smooth beer. Leave that for the others and go for the tasty real thing on the hand pump).
Get real; go for the hand pump!
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