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23-02-2014, 18:51
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The results of my poll on drinking “craft keg” beers are shown on the right. The general response was very positive, with almost a quarter saying they drank them regularly, and only 8% avoiding them on principle. Given that my usual haunts are family brewer tied houses, and Spoons, I answered “I’ll try them if I see them”. I actually had a half of Quantum American Amber the other night in the Magnet in Stockport – at a CAMRA branch meeting – and thought it was very nice. But it wasn’t something I’d want to drink numerous pints of.
The beer market is rapidly changing, and we are seeing developments such as Wetherspoon’s stocking American craft beer in cans (http://www.morningadvertiser.co.uk/Drinks-Brands-News/JD-Wetherspoon-goes-for-cans-of-beer) that only a few years ago would have been unthinkable. Beer is now fashionable in a way that realistically it never has been during my drinking career – see, for example, this article (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/15/craft-beer-uk-review-beckett) in the Guardian. Even in the 1970s, when real ale enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, it wasn’t really cool. And there is a serious risk that CAMRA, effectively the only membership organisation representing beer drinkers, will end up looking as relevant as a closed and boarded estate pub.

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