I usually have a small party for family and friends over the holiday period and when I do, I always put a nine of beer on. Given that I am somewhat involved in the beer business, I don't have any problems getting more or less any beer I care to and I have the kit to serve it. I also like to think I know enough about what I'm doing to serve it in tip top condition. But you know it is a worry. I've looked after countless casks of beer, including in pub cellars, but the one you are serving to friends is always the one you fret over.
It was a trifle colder than I'd have liked over the period it was conditioning, but I had time and the beer did condition well and drop bright too. The day before the gig, it seemed slightly flatter than I'd like, but a rise in temperature and a little heat in the garage brought it to a fine peak for the event itself. In fact the condition was perfect which was a relief.
Clearly it's a better way to do things than have a few tinnies or bottles and folks love it, not only because it is better to drink draught beer, but they get the pleasure of pouring their own pint, a feat that seems to give satisfaction way beyond the simple act itself. Naturally the beer was served through the tightest of sparklers and you know what? Spillage into the drip tray was less than a pint. My usual drinking buddies of course had done it before and had no issues, but even those unused to it managed well. I suppose Northern ale drinkers have observed it so often that it is more or less bred in the bone. It was supped in no time of course, but I noted the constant trail in and out of the garage and ensured I got the odd pint myself.
Cask beer at home. Lovely. I recommend it if the circumstances permit. And you only have one empty to get rid of.
Wilson Potter Tandle Hill was the beer of choice. A really good pale, hoppy beer and local. Easy to get and to return the empty container.
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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