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16-04-2016, 14:50
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These are the results of my poll on CAMRA and keg beers. As you can see, the voting is far from conclusive, with a pretty much even split between those supporting and opposing some kind of embrace of keg. I’ve already extensively discussed this issue here (http://pubcurmudgeon.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/anything-goes.html), but feel free to comment further...
It’s been claimed in some quarters that CAMRA has now officially accepted keg-conditioned beers as “real ale”, but I don’t see that things have gone anywhere near that far. What has been done is to give CAMRA-run beer festivals sanction to serve keg-conditioned keykeg beers if they so choose. I think the Technical Committee has still to make a definitive pronouncement.
And to fully accept it as real ale would need quite a few more steps to be taken, such as (in no particular order):

Allow the inclusion of keg-conditioned beers (KCBs, maybe?) in pub listings in the Good Beer Guide and on What Pub? (https://whatpub.com/)

List permanent KCBs in the brewery section of the Good Beer Guide

Allow pubs serving only KCBs and no cask to be included in the Good Beer Guide

Provide a distinctive dispense symbol for KCBs – K, maybe?

Agree with the industry a clear method of indicating at the point of sale that a keg beer is a KCB
Encourage the industry to develop a unique form of bar mounting to identify KCBs

All of that would need an AGM motion, possibly several. Which I imagine would only be passed over a sea of dead bodies.

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