Your Essential Guide to British Craft Beer

As the UK claws its way back to brewing relevance, we break down the 10 things you need to know about beer across the pond.


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“Real Ale” Reigns Supreme...

You can’t navigate the British beer scene without getting familiar with Campaign for Real Ale, better known as CAMRA. Since 1971, the organization has been instrumental in advocating traditional British beer culture, via the conservation of historic pubs and an emphasis on cask-conditioned ales over generic lagers. While some new-wave beer bars serve kegged beers from foreign craft brewers, the domestic stuff is almost always served on cask from traditional handpumps. Instead of marking yourself as a newb by complaining about the beer being “flat” or “too warm,” instead focus on the complex flavors that can be masked by cold temperatures and heavy carbonation.

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