What is Real Ale & Craft Beer!?

What is real ale in a bottle? Real ale comes in bottles too! It is a beer that continues to ferment, mature and condition within the bottle. It contains a visible amount of viable yeast cells together with sufficient sugars for fermentation to take place. Bottle conditioned beers will continue to improve and mature in the bottle but they should be kept in the cool and the dark.”

http://www.camra.org.uk/faq (Correct as of Oct 2018)


“CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, supports real ale in a bottle. This is the next best thing, and the bottled equivalent, to the draught real ales you can enjoy at the pub… Real ale in a bottle is unpasteurised and is not artificially carbonated. It is a natural live product which contains yeast for a slow secondary fermentation in the bottle. This process provides wonderful fresh flavours and a pleasant, natural effervescence. How to Identify a Real Ale in a Bottle The technical term for real ale in a bottle is bottle-conditioned and this is what appears on most bottled real ales.”

http://www.camra.org.uk/real-ale-in-a-bottle (Correct as of Oct 2018)


“What is Real Ale?

“Real ale is a beer brewed from traditional ingredients (malted barley, hops water and yeast), matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide.”

http://www.camra.org.uk/faq (Correct as of Oct 2018)


“CAMRA defines real ale as beer that is produced and stored in the traditional way and ferments in the dispense container to produce a reduction in gravity. It is also dispensed by a system that does not apply any gas or gas mixture to the beer”

http://www.camra.org.uk/about-real-ale (Correct as of Oct 2018)




…All our beers are “bottle conditioned” and undergo this secondary fermentation which results in deeper character and a natural, soft carbonation, rather than the forced carbonation used on soft drinks and ‘bright’ bottled beers.

Unlike the Real Ale on the pump in pubs our ales remain fully carbonated (Real Ale from Casks in pubs lose their carbonation due to the normal air that is pumped in by the hand pump everytime a pint is pulled).


What is Craft Beer?

Denoting or relating to food or drink made in a traditional or non-mechanized way by an individual or a small company. ‘craft brewing’



…Depending on the size of the brewery you will get a different answer to this question! The bigger the brewery the further away from the above basic quote their definition will be. Some of the worst offenders even say that a percentage of the “Craft Brewery” can be owned by non-craft breweries. Wolf in sheep’s clothing springs to mind. Some people believe a craft beer should also be carbonated by a “secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed”, we are on the fence on this one as we very much enjoy craft beer on gas in pubs as well as real ales.

All our beers are made in a traditional non-mechanised (save for a few Chugger pumps!) way by a single brewer.