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Putting the KEG into CAMRA

Slimline 30L KeyKegWow… what a difference a few years makes. I joined CAMRA about 8 years ago – becoming an active member in the North Hertfordshire branch, and eventually branch cellarman for our beer festivals. Despite moving away to Cambridge I have still filled this technical role for the branch over the last few years. I was a software engineer back then, now I run my little beer distribution business – and most of my volume is kegged beer. I’m surprised I didn’t get barred from CAMRA already – spreading the keg love as I do!

But what is really changing is CAMRA – stepping forward into the future. The CAMRA Technical Advisory Group (TAG) passed “KeyKeg” as being “real ale”-compatible some years ago, and in fact I had KeyKegs hooked up to handpumps at the Letchworth Garden City CAMRA beer festival in 2011. Last year support for KeyKeg was further reinforced by a CAMRA AGM motion being passed stating that CAMRA should support KeyKeg as a real ale format. (Much like supporting “real ale in a bottle” for example.)

Coming out of this the Manchester winter beer festival in January may well have been the first CAMRA beer festival to feature a dedicated British kegged beer bar. And KeyKegs have been seen at CAMRA fests here and there since the original TAG decision.

Now in my role supporting North Hertfordshire CAMRA beer festivals combined with my role promoting great beers (that I sell, obviously) I am being allowed to sponsor and run a “real ale in a keg” bar at the inaugural Stevenage Winter Beer & Cider Festival which kicks off this Thursday 4th of February. Easy to get to from Cambridge and London – if you’re into beer, and interested in this historic time in the history of CAMRA you should come along and marvel at there being a KEG bar at a CAMRA beer festival! And, of course, enjoy the awesome beers.

Stevenage Fest AdKeyKeg allows breweries to produce well carbonated, pressure-dispensed beer that falls within the definition of “real ale” when unfiltered, unpasteurised, and “live” – because pressurised CO2 does not need to come into contact with the beer for dispense so it doesn’t suffer from the “extraneous CO2” problem. It isn’t quite so simple however – as filtered beer can be put in KeyKegs too. At the end of the day I judge a beer by how it tastes and don’t worry much about how “real” it is. But within the CAMRA context one must be a little more sensitive to the technicalities. So I have selected beers for the festival that I know to be “live” – and equivalent to the same beers as they would/could be packaged in cask. (There is a grey area around “tank conditioning” in this… but this grey area affects cask as well as keg so we base our judgement on the “live yeast” factor more than anything.) The beers I have selected to showcase KeyKeg are below – featuring mainly styles I think only, or at least best, work with the higher carbonation and cooler serve temperature of keg dispense. What do you think – a good intro to the concept of keg beers for the uninitiated I hope. If it is popular I may have some specials in reserve to sneak on too 😉

Brewery Beer Name ABV Notes
Cloudwater AUS Hopfen Weisse (Winter 2015/16) 6.5% Rich NZ/Aus Hopped Wheat Beer
Cloudwater Dark Lager (Winter 2015/16) 5.5% Dark Yet Curiously Light & Hoppy
Cloudwater IPA (Winter 2015/16) 8.0% Best Cloudwater IPA Yet
Hammerton Islington Lager 4.7% Steam Lager
Pig & Porter Elusive Pig II 5.7% Black IPA (Comet dry-hopped)
Pig & Porter Honey Hill Wit 5.0% Honey Witbier
Siren Calypso – Citra/Centennial/Equinox 4.0% Dry-Hopped Berlinerweisse
Siren Pompelmocello 6.0% Sour Grapefruit IPA
Weird Beard MAC Spreadsheet Ninja 5.5% Mosaic/Amarillo/Centennial Dry-Hop Pilsner
Weird Beard Saison 14 6.0% Dry Hopped Saison
Wild Weather Khareef 2.4% Small Beer, Big Hops
Wild Weather Message in a Potel 7.5% “Oversized Stout”
Wild Weather Peach of a Weekend 5.6% Peachy Hoppy Sour

I was also asked to write some text for the festival guide to explain KeyKeg, so I reproduce that here:

Real Ale in KeyKeg

Keg?! Why is this dirty word seen at a CAMRA beer festival? The history of CAMRA begins with keg – when breweries decided that cask was too expensive and difficult and keg was the future. But if expense is all that matters then a lot of other corners get cut – lower quality ingredients, cheap adjuncts used instead of malt – and the product is then filtered and pasteurised to give it a long shelf-life. This is the horror of insipid kegged beer that was taking over in the 70s and necessitated the founding of CAMRA to campaign for the survival of good beer. The big brewers gave keg a bad rap!

BUT – keg need not be this way. Many microbreweries today are experimenting with keg – especially for beers more suited to higher carbonation levels and cooler serve temperatures. This new wave of microbrewery kegged beer is unpasteurised and unfiltered, full flavoured live beer – much of it keg-conditioned and produced the same way as cask. There is still a problem however – by CAMRA definition CO2 top-pressure is not compatible with “real ale”. Even cask conditioned beer doesn’t qualify when CO2 aspirators are used – so a standard top-pressure keg certainly cannot.

Which is where the KeyKeg comes in. In a KeyKeg beer is contained within a “bag” inside the keg. And the gas pressure squeezes the bag to push the beer out. The gas can be CO2 – or simply compressed air – but has no contact with the beer inside the bag. We now have a type of kegged beer that meets the CAMRA definition of “real ale” – unpasteurised, unfiltered, live, and unsullied by “extraneous CO2”. Think of it being very much like “real ale in a bottle” – “real ale in a keg”! Approved by the CAMRA Technical Advisory Group (some years ago in fact) & there was a vote in favour of CAMRA supporting this form of real ale at the 2015 AGM – so this is all above board! KeyKegs have already been seen at various CAMRA festivals in the last few years, we had two at the last Letchworth Garden City festival – in that case vented to lower carbonation and served via handpump.

Do not worry about the future of proper cask ale however! Many beers work best in cask – you won’t find many breweries kegging bitters and best bitters for starters. The KeyKeg format suits zesty hop-forward pales, sours, wheats, saisons, lagers, and some stronger beers. However 1-way recyclable KeyKegs add to costs and a 30 litre KeyKeg has similar (if not greater) overheads to fill as a 41 litre cask. Which is one of the factors behind the higher pricing of these kegged beers. Cask ale is quite safe.

 

 

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Jolly Golden Pints 2015

Golden PintsHere’s a thing I’ve not done before… “Golden Pints“… in previous bloggy incarnations I’ve always avoided this sort of thing. And in my current incarnation I probably should “doubly so”. I have many biases, I am in “the industry”, and I have favourites – people, beers, breweries… our perception of anything is tainted by all these things. And like most of us I’ve hardly had the opportunity to try everything out there. But hey, let’s do this – there will be a bias towards beers I sell because, sadly, I don’t get out much. I live in a village and the only decent beer my local tends to stock is Adnams and stuff I sell them. But I’ve had some awesome beer at Leeds and IMBC so it isn’t quite entirely insular…

  1. Best UK Cask BeerMoor “Hoppiness” – Hoppiness in cask vapourised in my local, and the landlord ordered another – I live in a village, so that’s good going. It’s an awesome beer. I’ve had many really excellent cask ales this year, so picking one out as a favourite is difficult – so I cast my vote for a much tried & tested beer, one to keep coming back for, one to rely on. Honourable mention to Burning Sky “Plateau”, an awesome 3.5% quaffing beer, which is the single cask ale Jolly Good Beer sold the most of in 2015 – sales runner up: Moor “So’Hop”.Moor-Plastic-Pump-Clip-ALL-2014_Hoppiness
  2. Best UK Keg BeerCromarty “Udder Madness” – this little beer just stands out in my memory, it was at both Leeds and IMBC (on my bar), and I couldn’t get enough of it. Sure, I was tired, and needed to keep on working… so a 1.6% refreshing “vanilla milk sour” was basically the all-day-breakfast of choice. I’ve had a lot of beer that has been amazing in various ways, but this little beastie takes the cake. Honourable mention to Beavertown “Neck Oil” and “Gamma Ray”, both way out ahead in sales volume – folk just can’t get enough of the Beavertown hop-juice.
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  3. Best UK Bottled BeerWeird Beard “Tsujigiri” – I wish I had made a secret stash of this beer, hell, I did – but that case didn’t last. Someone begged for some so I sold them half of it anyway. Definitely a contender for both cask and keg beer of the year too. We want more. The sales volumes peg Hammerton “Baron H” as a surprise leader! It is an awesome beer though, and I don’t really do a keg/core set of bottled beers so it is a bit of a mixed bag! I would have expected a pale-hoppy beast, but that’s where the can volumes are shining.
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  4. Best UK Canned BeerMoor “Revival” – cans worry me, folk expect so much from them and there’s so much crap beer being put into the things, sometimes by breweries I otherwise expect better things from. Cans are no silver bullet. Like bottles the real secret to canned beer is to actually brew good beer in the first place. Then you’ve got to get the canning process right to keep that beer good. Moor has the track record on the good beer front, and have done it right on the canning front. Revival in can is a refreshing delight. And I’m still drinking first canned batch of Revival, and it’s tasting far better than other “session IPAs” that are only 2 months old. A true quality product. On sales volume there is no competition, the Beavertown “Gamma Ray” is waaaaaaaaaay out in front, at twice the volume of the runner-up Beavertown “Neck Oil”.Moor Revival can
  5. Best Overseas DraughtTuatara “Sauvinova” – I’ve spent a large chunk of my year handling Kiwi beers, and all the best places I’ve been for trying non-UK beers have been in situations where I’ve been tied to a Kiwi bar for most of the time. So it has to be a Kiwi beer by sheer force of numbers. I’ve tried dozens of the things across my own distrib, Leeds, and IMBC so that’s of little surprise. Sauvinova is not the biggest and craziest of the beers I’ve had, but it is the one I’ll want more of and is the one I’ve stocked up on as part of my small “core range” from the Kiwi breweries. Yeastie Boys “I AM” and 8 Wired “Semiconductor” are close contenders – I like all three of these beers because they show beer can be imported from the other side of the planet and served here in the UK with bags of fresh hop aroma, unlike the typical warm-warehouse stored US pale ales I am mostly depressed by. I sort of want this to be Yeastie Boys “Rex Attitude” which we were pouring at an IMBC session in October… but whilst I love it, it is in its own special dark chamber in my heart… and I’d award it to Gunnamatta if it were not for the fact that this is now being brewed in the UK. Oh, and I almost forgot Stairdancer and the classic NZ beer Saison Sauvin… this is just too hard!
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  6. Best Overseas Bottled Beer 8 Wired “Semiconductor” – Kiwi again, no surprise. I’ve chosen this beer because I have been using it as the example to prove that the supply chain is up to scratch. Here we are with a light bodied hop-aroma-driven little beer. Tasting superb and fresh, but from the other side of the planet. Sure, it isn’t a “big” impressive beer, it isn’t an IPA or an impy stout… but thinking back on the year right now, it stands out. (I’d award this to Gunnamatta – but it is now brewed in the UK so calling it imported is a stretch, the brewer himself has been imported to the UK to ensure we’re getting the authentic Yeastie Boys experience.)
  7. Best Overseas Canned Beerno winner – not had many, none I’ve had have been in the same league as other “bests” here. I’ve even bought some famous and expensive things at BrewDog bars and been mostly underwhelmed.
  8. Best collaboration brewdunno – have dealt with a few that have been excellent, and no doubt others I didn’t even know were collabs. I’m not great at paying attention to these details. There are so many of these damn things now… you’re drinking a perfectly ordinary beer and then *bam* you realise it is a *collab* between some brewery and the pet goat of a member of One Direction and it’s all, like… wow…  ACTUALLY, I’ve just remembered that Moor “Ready Made 2” was a collab with some Italian mob, so there, put that here. Oh, WAIT!! In looking up the links to add to this post I have been reminded that Weird Beard “Tsujigiri” is a collab too! Ah-hah!
  9. Best Overall BeerWeird Beard “Tsujigiri” – it was in the running for cask and keg as well, so it has to be the one. But all of  a sudden I am remembering how awesome Moor “Ready Made 2” was… POW, now that was a beaut beer that is still drinking very nicely from my dwindling personal bottle stash. But I think the flavour fun of Tsujigiri pips it by a whisker in my memory. The “popular vote” Jolly Good Beer sales winner is without a doubt Beavertown “Gamma Ray”, it is a phenomenon I tells ya.
  10. Best Brandingmeh… it’s all crap. It’s a nightmare. I have a total love of bars that just don’t use the branding at all. OK… to be less of a drag about it, the Vocation branding does come to mind. Looks great. Nice and contrasty. Easy to read. Cloudwater (especially the current boldly coloured “Winter” range) and Weird Beard (lupins are awesome!) come to mind too, and aside from the fact they’re a pain to post I like the big Siren pumpclips. I like the distinctive shape and look of both Track and Cromarty too, some folk have said they’re a bit small… but I say size doesn’t necessarily matter! I’ll also say the “best rebranding” in my own brewery stable this year has been Pig & Porter – the new badges and clips are an example of clean and simple labelling that stands out nicely and is easy to read at the bar. You can have beautifully arty pumpclips but if folk can’t read key details on them from 6 foot away then you may as well throw them in the garbage.
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  11. Best Pump Clip – see 10.
  12. Best Bottle Label – I’ve always loved the Weird BeardLupin” skulls… and the new metallic finished labelling is quite slick… but it’s about the damn beer, dammit.
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  13. Best UK Brewery – too hard! I’ll pick only from folk I deal with as I’ve a good coverage of beer from them over the last year… if I *have* to pick a personal favourite it would probably have to be Moor. I find them consistent, reliable, they get a lot of awesome positive feedback from customers and are one of the few who seem to have launched cans and absolutely nailed them on the quality front. There is some friction due to the whole unfined thing, but despite haze levels Moor is the brewery I see convert the most people to the possibility of unfined beer being a good thing. Sales figures of course put Beavertown way out in front of everyone. All the breweries I deal with are great, it is the primary qualifier – I’ve no interest in selling something I don’t think is at the top of the UK beer game. (Moor is where the whole distribution business idea started for me really… folk I know running pubs wanted Moor beer… Moor was happy for it to sell up here, but nobody would buy/sell it… the rest is my personal history of the last 2 years…)
    Moor & Beavertown
  14. Best Overseas BreweryYeastie Boys – but do they count? Stu lives in the UK now… and they’re brewers, not a “brewery” per se. But the beer is awesome and that’s what matters and they will continue to send special beers over from New Zealand as part of the NZ Craft Beer Collective – whilst a handful of core beers are brewed over here.
    Yeastie Bear
  15. Best New Brewery Opening 2015 – Cloudwater – The people. The kit. The goals. They’re already good, not even a year of brewing in, but they’re aiming for the stars. Another contender is Vocation – but I’ve not personally had much of their beer, but I’ve heard many excellent things about them and the few beers of theirs I have had were excellent – one to watch.
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  16. Pub/Bar of the YearPort Street Beer House – I don’t get out much, I’m lucky to get into Cambridge to have some beers. When doing things like IMBC there are late-night jaunts to terrorise the poor staff we force to keep serving us beer until some silly time in the morning. I feel for these folks. But I think this year none have we terrorised more than the folk at Port Street Beer House. So mad props to them, as the kidz say. It’s part of the whole IMBC machine of course. But it is always a pleasure. (I am very deliberately not choosing a customer here, I sell beer to some great places – national quality pubs and bars – and couldn’t possibly go pegging one above another, they each have their merits!)
  17. Best New Pub/Bar Opening 2015 – looking to my local area: The Royal Standard – it sounds like the name of a curry house, but it is a pub in Cambridge. Part of the growing “Cambridge Blue” empire and run by Tom who loves beer, food, and CHIKARA (I now know what this is and that’s because of Tom on Twitter). Importantly it is new and it is diverse – solid cask, good lagers, Belgian ales, and British “craft” (yes, I supply some of this, yada yada.) In just a couple of years Cambridge’s beer scene has diversified so much… lots of games are being upped, and there are further great developments afoot.
  18. Beer Festival of the YearIMBC – without hesitation. I’ve not been to every beer event, but IMBC would be a hard one to beat. The beers, the venue, the people… it’s just ace.
  19. Supermarket of the Yearmeh – couldn’t give a fuck. I go to a supermarket less than once a month, and not to buy beer. Support our independent retailers.
  20. Independent Retailer of the YearHereford Beer House – I’ve not even been, but they’re the stand-out retailer right now. Jonny is doing it right storing all stock refrigerated, and we need more of this in the UK. Raising the bar, setting the standard where it should be. I’m a firm believer in storing beer cold – it’s why I go so far as to run a 4C coldstore for my smallpack and keg alongside the 9C coldstore for cask. And if I am ever to open a bar or retail site I’ll follow through with the same standards. And I wish more breweries actually gave a stuff about the quality of the supply chains they use – but mostly in the beer industry this is a don’t-ask/don’t-tell sort of taboo subject. Thankfully now being discussed more as more folk observe how the US does things and good breweries seek a quality and consistency edge that demands better beer keeping.
  21. Online Retailer of the YearBeer Ritz – OK, no idea really… you have no idea how much disposable income I no longer have. I’ve a good supply of good beer and I’m not about to fork out twice as much to increase the size of my beer problem. But I have used Beer Ritz and it is the online retailer I will always turn to first when in need. We’ve so many online retailers with great ranges now though, it is a drinking-at-home utopia for the boring beer nerd. Who needs to leave the house when you’ve Ales By Mail, Honest Brew, Beer Merchants and Beer Ritz delivering to your doorstep? All contenders.
  22. Best Beer Book or MagazineCAMRA’s What’s Brewing (tongue firmly in cheek) – it looks pretty when you burn it. Alas I don’t get it any more as I’ve not renewed my CAMRA membership. I miss bitching about how bloody stupid “Keg Buster” is and the clueless inanity found on the letters page… but now my blood pressure doesn’t spike once every month. I actually don’t really read any such books or magazines, no time for starters. The best beer related publication I have read this year has been the Micromatic catalogue.
  23. Best Beer Blog or WebsiteStonch – irreverent & more than a bit trolly. But sparking conversation – which is key in my opinion. If it isn’t worth talking/arguing about, is it worth writing? I hope Mr Bell can keep it up… it’s dropped off a bit since he’s gone and got a real job in Manchester. Actually – equal gold with Ed’s Beer Site. Far less promoted, but far more scathing at times – and mostly powered by really awesome information and insight, and trips to beer places I can only wish I could see in the flesh. Described by me once this year in terms I dare not repeat, something about tearing folk another one… (I have only 6 beer blogs I monitor in my RSS reader, and these are 2 of them – for the record the other four are: Boak & Bailey, The Pub Curmudgeon, Hardknott Dave’s Beer & Stuff Blog, and Stringers Beer… but there are many others I frequent, and mostly rely on Twitter as a link-feed these days.)
  24. Simon Johnson Award for Best Beer Twitterer@broadfordbrewer / David Bishop / @twattybeer – no competition. It’s a bit unfair as a picture does paint 1000 words as they say, but David’s everyday tweets also bring a smile to even my grim black heart.
  25. Best Brewery Website/Social media@shaneswindells / Cheshire Brewhouse – do people even look at websites these days? It’s all Twitter and Facebook. And most of that either daft retweet-spam or blatant pandering. There are some slickly managed brewery accounts too, and they have their place. But I like & respect folk who do stuff, and speak their minds. We’ve got a lot of such in this industry but Shane stands out when I reflect on this particular question. Mainly because I like seeing stuff being built, but also because I want some character with the online presence of a brewery, and I prefer it to be clear there’s an actual human in charge – and preferably for that to be a brewer with some personality. This authenticity is a key part of what “craft beer” is all about in my opinion. If @stringersbeer was a bit more active he’d be stiff competition here… master of the cutting subtweet. There sometimes seems to be an element of the online “community” that gets upset if we’re not all spouting rainbows and unicorns out our arses… personally I like to see more folk calling spades spades. Jolly bad beer? Sometimes…

There you go folks… a jolly random list of jolly randomness.

This wasn’t easy, and I’m already revisiting it in my head and thinking “wot!? No <insert-awesome-here>!!” … I love all the breweries I deal with, so in my opinion they all deserve a golden pint or two.

Disclaimer: Moor, Beavertown, Yeastie Boys, Tuatara, 8 Wired, Cloudwater and Weird Beard are all regulars in the Jolly Good Beer lineup. I’d not be selling them if they were not awesome of course 🙂

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Kiwi Beer At Birmingham Beer Bash

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Birmingham Beer Bash

Gidday folks… so, we’re helping out the awesome people up at Birmingham Beer Bash get some Kiwi action happening.

We will be hosting 2 Kiwi beer tastings as part of the Bash “fringe” – one Friday evening at 7pm and the second Saturday evening at 7.45pm.

Given the plethora of beers available to us we couldn’t decide on a single line-up for the tasting so they’re going to be different (with an overlap of 2 beers).

THESE ARE BOOKED TASTINGS! BOOK HERE <- clickme!

Friday Tasting – We sorta explore styles of beer – pils, Black IPA, saison, wheat, brown ale, interesting flavour additions.

Brewery Beer Style ABV Bottle / Can
8 Wired C4 Double Coffee Brown Coffee-infused Brown Ale 8 Bottle
8 Wired Saison Sauvin Saison 7 Bottle
Renaissance Black the RIPA Black Rye IPA 6.5 Bottle
Renaissance Clipper Session IPA 4 Bottle
Three Boys IPA NZ India Pale Ale 5.2 CAN
Three Boys Pils NZ Pilsner 5 CAN
Three Boys Wheat Belgian Wheat Beer 5 CAN
Yeastie Boys Gunnamatta Earl Grey IPA 6.5 Bottle
Friday Beers
Friday Beers

Saturday Tasting – We’re more about hops – two “fresh hop” beers fresh off the boat, a couple of Black IPAs, some session pales, and a single-hop saison.

Brewery Beer Style ABV Bottle / Can
8 Wired Saison Sauvin Saison 7 Bottle
8 Wired Semiconductor Session IPA 4.4 Bottle
Renaissance Fresh Hop Black the RIPA Black Rye IPA 6.5 Bottle
Renaissance Clipper Session IPA 4 Bottle
Renaissance Grandmaster Fresh Hop Fresh Hop Double IPA 9 Bottle
Three Boys IPA NZ India Pale Ale 5.2 CAN
Tuatara Conehead Green Hop IPA 6 Bottle
Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black South Pacific Porter 6 Bottle
Saturday Beers
Saturday Beers

Each tasting will feature 8 different beers sampled in 80ml serves.

See you there! 🙂

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Beer Update

I just popped my weekly stock update out to the mailing list and thought I’d post a bit of it here! [Edited a bit, but mostly as sent.]

Some of the beers I want to source come at low prices, others have to travel further and/or come from breweries who’re selling their beers so successfully that they have no need to compete with lowest-common-denominator pricing. My stance on this is that you should price beers appropriately to their cost and not based on ABV. Some beers are simply worth more than others. This won’t work for everyone, I know – I think the beers are worth it but it is up to you to make your own decision on that.

Anyway, wow… the stock list is properly making me want a pint right now. It doesn’t help that this is a rather long email – they’ll be shorter usually! Feel free to scroll past my gumph straight to the list below.

Michelle at Offbeat is one of my favourite brewers, the brewery slogan is simply “great beer brewed by a chick” – and the beer really is great. If you ever have a reason to be in Crewe on the 1st Friday of a month do attend “Firsty Friday“… a proper “piss up in a brewery” featuring a range of beers from Offbeat and friends, plus live music and good food.

The superstar of the list this week however is Moor… a phenomenal brewery down in Somerset producing beers often described as “rare as hen’s teeth” in cask and keg form. Every Moor beer on my list has a RateBeer score over 90 for its style, four of them are 99 and 100 scorers. The Moor cask and keg beers are all secondary-conditioned in the container (yes, even the keg) and they all taste fantastic. In the case of the keg this does mean the kegs are best given a few days to settle before going on.

Now: UNFINED beer? Everything from Moor, Moncada, and Weird Beard is unfined. This is good news for vegetarians, not to mention vegans. But there’s more to it than that – Justin at Moor is probably the UK’s strongest proponent of unfined beers and has written this about them: What is Natural Beer? Justin has also written some details on the cellaring of his unfined beers: Cellar Management Tips – all good advice. The primary item of importance is that “unfined” isn’t meant to mean “murky”, with appropriate cellaring there should be no more than a light haze or cast – and some will drop totally bright given time.

As it happens, this morning Pete Brown has published an article that touches on this topic: With great beer comes great responsibility – it’s an excellent read. As usual from Pete Brown.

The other great breweries in the list have been discussed in previous emails. The Great Heck arrived at the coldstore yesterday and is ready and waiting to go out. Their Treasure IPA is a luscious 4.8% well hopped golden ale with a 98 on RateBeer – but I also have a more traditional beer from these guys in the form of Navigator. Sadly there was a problem with the Powermouse brew so that will not be available but the Treasure, Yakima, and Citra should keep the hopheads happy!

The stock list now includes RateBeer scores in the beer descriptions. I find RateBeer a good positive indicator of quality with everything above 50 for style being above average and anything above 80 being pretty damn good. It isn’t infallible but it is a useful yardstick. The colour “guestimations” remain, I’ll continue to do these.

To fill in the gaps in the above here’s the current stock-list table. I hope it makes you as thirsty as it makes me: