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CAMRA presents three unique guides for beer beginners and enthusiasts


The Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) online learning platform Learn & Discover is now home to three new informative guides, for beginners and enthusiasts alike. 

Katie Mather’s guide to Storing and Serving beer, and Alison Taffs’ video on the Journey of a cask are both available for non-members to get to view and share, while Ruvani de Silva’s guide to Kettle Souring can be read by CAMRA members.

In her piece on storing and serving beer, Katie Mather looks at how the public has had to adapt their drinking habits over the past yearwith pubs and hospitality closed due to the COVID pandemic, and many now drinking beer at home more often. Beer blogger-turned-food and drink writer Katie Mather presents her introductory guide to storing and serving beer at home. From ordering tipple to the glassware to drink from, this article is a step-by-step tutorial to storing and serving your favourite beers at home for maximum enjoyment’. Click here to read Katie’s article:

Meanwhile, drinks educator and micropub owner Alison Taffs guides viewers through a beginner’s introduction to cask beer on its journey from the brewery to your glass at the bar. In this video guide, Alison will answer the questionswhat exactly is cask beer? Why is it special or different? What does that mean to beer drinkers and their experience of drinking cask beer? Alison’s video guide can be watched here:

What should be expected when ordering a drink that has been through the kettle souring process? In her technical and sensory guide, Ruvani de Silva explains what kettle-souring is, how it differs from how traditional sour beers are made, and why a brewer might choose to kettle-sour, including the impact on flavour. Ruvani also provides examples of US and UK breweries implementing the technique to great effect. Ruvani de Silva is a travel-loving beer writer, and a vocal advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion in beer. This piece is enthusiast level content, where non-members can see introductory content, and CAMRA members can read the whole article for free

Alex Metcalfe, CAMRA’s Learn & Discover Manager, said: “I am thrilled to be sharing these three exciting new pieces of content on CAMRA’s Learn & Discover platform. We have an exciting line-up in store for our audience throughout 2021, such as marking CAMRA’s 50th anniversary this year and other events like our May Cider Month. I hope that members enjoy supporting greater awareness of cask beer for all fans of beer. These guides illustrate precisely what makes cask beer, an icon of our national brewing heritage, so unique, valuable and worth experiencing. Proper beer storage tips from Katie Mather are fantastic for those unable to return to the pub just yet and trying to enjoy a brew at home. This is our second Learn & Discover piece from Ruvani de Silva, and is a fascinating look at a lesser-known brewing technique that our enthusiasts will love hearing about. Thank you so much to our contributors for sharing their wealth of knowledge and giving their time to creating content for us!

CAMRA’s online learning platform is home to a wealth of new content from writers, educators and experts. New guides, articles, videos and audio content are added every week exploring everything there is to know about beer, cider, perry and pubs. 

All new content includes free intros and taster sessions for non-members, so that visitors to the site can get a feel for the benefits of a CAMRA membership. To access member-only content, CAMRA members simply need to sign in at the top of the webpage with their membership number and password. Non-members can join the campaign for just £26.50*/year.  

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