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.

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. Real Ale in a Bottle can also be recognized if it carries the appropriate CAMRA Logo

Is there a future for real ale?

180,000+ CAMRA members think so. And so do 450 UK brewers. Although the largest brewers have almost entirely abandoned real ale, the country's regional and family brewers and the 400 microbrewers are great believers in the future for real ale and many have seen their sales of real ale increase over the last few years. New breweries are being set up all the time for many business is booming.