Craft beer and real ale are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Craft beer is a more modern term that emphasizes creativity and unique flavors, while real ale is a traditional style of beer that is fermented in the container in which it is served. The main difference between craft beer and real ale is more a matter of marketing and general use than any definable difference. Real ale is a beer that has been fermented in the container in which it is served and the carbonation is completely natural, not forced.
Beer experts at CAMRA often refer to real beer as conditioned beer on tap, real draft beer, real beer and naturally conditioned beer. Stouts, porters, bitters and pale ales can be defined as real beer, provided that the brewing process follows these guidelines. Without filters, pasteurization or treatments, true ale is a living product. Craft beer, on the other hand, has fewer restrictions when it comes to brewing, allowing for a greater amount of experimentation and innovation in terms of styles and flavors.
Craft beer emphasizescreativity and unique flavors over the amount of yeast at the bottom of the bottle or keg.
Craft beer focuses on being awesome regardless of arbitrary rules and old-fashioned distinctions. The term “craft beer” is usually used to refer to beers brewed with hops, although some craft brewers are trying to use other bittering agents. In the same way, there are craft brewers who use barrel conditioning and, even more so, bottle conditioning. Craft beers can also be carbonated artificially or under barrel conditions. The Scottish brewery has been leading the craft beer revolution for a decade and its flagship India Pale Ale is stocked in bars on six continents. In the early 1970s, Camra coined the term “real beer” to differentiate between the tasteless processed beers promoted by big brewers and traditional local beers that were under threat. The easiest way to define the term “craft beer” is “beer brewed with passion by expert brewers who love what they do”.
A first independent craft beer festival in Cardiff will bring together 25 brewers this weekend, while more will be showcased at another event in London in September. The main difference between craft beers and craft beers is not the production process, but simply the method of serving. Comparatively, the real beers I've tried taste mild and waxy, unlike craft beers like Brewdog's Punk IPA, Dead Pony Club and 5AM Saint. The characteristic flavors of oxidized beer are cardboard, and the characteristic flavors of beer left in dead yeast for too long are soapy. In conclusion, craft beer and real ale are two terms that are often used interchangeably but they are not the same. Craft beer emphasizes creativity and unique flavors over traditional styles while real ale focuses exclusively on beer refermented in barrel or bottle regardless of quality or taste.