Fuller's In-House magazine has just dropped through my door and among the usual self congratulatory stuff you tend to get in these things, I note that they are encouraging take home cask beer. It is not a new thing I know, though maybe it is for Fullers. It seems the beer will be available in 34 pint polypins, as well as mini barrels and even two pint cartons. More importantly they can be ordered from any participating Fuller's pub. There is a choice of Pride, ESB and Gales HSB.
I think this is a good thing, though Fuller's would not be my first choice. Why don't more breweries do this? I do know there are a limited number that already do, so if you are having a party or just fancy some real beer, why not ring your local micro and ask them?
I am ahead of the game and I and my guests will enjoy a nine of Phoenix Flash Flood over the festive period.
A bit of a CV. Tandleman is a veteran beer lover, local CAMRA Chairman and activist, beer writer, beer reviewer and pursuer of all things good in beer. He lives in the North West of England and London. Despite his CAMRA membership, he does not limit himself to cask conditioned beer, though he believes that cask conditioning, when done correctly and appropriately, brings a quality to beer that is hard to equal by any other kind of presentation. He is a strong supporter of Northern methods of beer dispense and avidly detests poorly presented beer and dislikes pasteurisation. He regularly visits Germany, has conducted corporate British and German beer tastings for CAMRA at the Great British Beer Festival where he has worked for years on Biere Sans Frontieres and was Deputy Organiser at CAMRA's very successful National Winter Ales Festival in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival from 2013 to date. He admires good brewers wherever they are and has travelled extensively in pursuit of good beer to drink.
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